For the past 5 days, Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council has been in a programme to train 29 Uganda women football referees.
The course, a welcome breather for the country to increase on the number of female referees will close this Saturday at the Njeru Technical center.
“This course happened at a very opportune moment when we needed it most. Majority of the trained referees will surely help the game of soccer develop among the feminine gender”, Harunah Kebba, one of the facilitators remarks.
“It has been about teaching the referee the various laws of the game, practical advice and guidelines which they will use to referee within their own communities”, British Council’s Lillian Lokwiya says in a press statement to the media.
The course in Uganda has been being co-facilitated by International Women’s Super League referee, Sarah Garratt, and Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) referee instructor Margaret Kubingi, with the joint organization of the British Council, Premier League and FUFA.
Premier Skills is our international partnership with the Premier League operating in 25 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia.
Since it began in 2007, 2,300 coaches and referees have been trained, who in turn have reached a further 500,000 young people. 6,000 teachers have received training in the use of the Premier Skills English materials, with 3.5 million views of the materials online.
The target for Premier Skills is to reach 25 countries by 2016. It aims to train a further 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people.