Situated in New Kumbu, off the Masaka-Kyotera road in Masaka Municipality, 131km southwest of the capital, Kampala lies a fast-rising footballing school El Cambio Football Academy.
Literally, El Cambio is a Spanish word that means “change”. The academy owes its founding time barely 12 months ago.
A Danish national, Thomas Thor is the Academy Director and the chief brain behind the whole project.
El Cambio Academy owns land equivalent to 13 soccer fields. In fact, they are ready to build a state of art soccer complex holding multiple soccer fields, a high standard school, dormitories, kitchen and more to come.
“Our passion is to change lives on and off the field. We want our children to become future African role models so they can inspire, support and help others who have not been able to join the El Cambio Academy,” Thor notes.
The academy has children in the age bracket of 8 to 13 years, with each of the players guaranteed to eight years of scholarship.
“Our children will go to America for scholarships or Europe to play football in the future. Already in November 2019, half of the boys will be going to Denmark and train with the best youth teams there. We are here to help children through football and Education. We teach them good behaviour and values so that they can become great future role models for other African children. Already, now we are helping teams, coaches in Uganda in many ways,” Thor adds.
Thomas Thor is the Academy Director.
Other officials at the academy include; Dennis Deleuran (Coach), Joyce Bukenya (General Manager / Travels), Maria Bonnerup (Volunteer / Marketing), Morten Olsen (Ambassador), Daniel Wass (Amabassador), Lars Hogh (Ambassador), Abbey (Head of Scouting), Dorren (Caretaker), Jens Bangsbo (Physical Advisor), Casper Skovgaad (Physical Advisor), Mads Davidsen (Advisor), Peter Bonde (Girls Program Advisor), Casten Haagensen (Business Advisor), Thomas Schnoor (Business Advisor), Christian Engell (Character Program), Martin Aleth (Website), Susan Thor (Graphic Designer), Niels Ole (Visual Design), Thomas Hansen (Funds), Leo Sakharov (Partnercup), Micheall Kakande (Partnercup), Mads Oddershede Nielsen (Partnercups), Line Haverberg (Schools), Steven Lusembo (Coach and Satellite Academies), Jon Boafo (Advisor), Eddie (Physiotherapist), Tonny Jumba (Coach), Rodin (Coach), Godfrey (Coach), Brian Lojmand (Accountant) and Stella (Maid).
In some of the academy’s future prospects, El Cambio plans to construct a state of art training facility, school and further widen the exchange programmes with sister academies outside the peripheries of Uganda.
EL CAMBIO ACADEMY passion is to change lives on and off the field, WITH AN aim to nurture talented soccer players in an elite environment that will allow them to continually improve on their soccer abilities.El Cambio Academy Vision
Off the field, THE ACADEMY provideS the students with a great education that includes a character program to develop their character and prepare them to become future African role models.