Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) and GEMS Cambridge International School, Uganda have on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a partnership between the two institutions.

The brief ceremony witness by several sports journalists took place at the school premises found in Butabika, a Kampala suburb.

In the pact, UOC and the various sporting federation athletes have had a mutual conscience to have access to the GEMS sports facilities as well as provide scholarships, training facilities to students and teachers.

President, Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC), William Blick, visibly excited by the deal remarked.

Olympic studies will be part of the physical education curriculum as a pilot school. We are happy to roll out this project & it fulfills our mission to cultivate Olympism in the youth

Neville Sherman, the principal at GEMS acknowledged:

I am looking forward to this partnership and excited that one day,GEMS will have students representing Uganda. I am very supportive of the Olympic idea and the partnership with Uganda Olympic Committee.


“We are rolling out to other schools and are looking for partnerships and conducting Olympic activities through out the country, Blick added.

The media then had a guided tour around the state of the art facilities that includes among others a ultra modern in-door stadium, several out door netball, basketball courts, tennis court and a football ground, onto which a running track is being planned.

This is yet another partnership for UOC after signing an agreement with Aga Khan Hospital last year.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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