Sparta 09 Academy players celebrate their success of the 2022 Eric Hodgson Memorial Football Tournament

Overview:

Last year, Sparta 09 team won the boys’ U-13 category played at the Mulago Hospital playground.

  • Event: 5th Eric Hodgson Memorial Football Tournament
  • Date: 5th February 2023
  • Categories: U-13 (Boys), Open (Girls) & Amputee Football
  • Venue: Kanyanya playground, Kampala city
  • Charge: Free entry for all teams

It is now six years since the disappointing demise of Eric Hodgson (8th March 1932 to 24th December 2017), the founder of Everton Uganda Football Academy.

Since the fateful day, the memories of the Hodgson remain fresh thus far in the minds of many people in Uganda and his home area, England.

To celebrate his legacy, Everton Uganda Academy started a memorial football tourney that is now making 5 editions.

Eric Hodgson (left)

The 2023 championship will be held on 5th February at the Kanyanya playground in Kampala city.

According to the Ali Ssenkunda, the chief executive officer of Everton Uganda Academy, at least 200 teams will take part in this tournament in the U-13 boys, girls (open) as well as amputee football for the disabled persons.

There is free entry for all teams willing to take part in this championship.

Ali Ssenkunda hands over the trophy to the Sparta 09 captain in the 2022 tournament

The annual Eric Hodgson Memorial Football Tournament will once again return this year as we remember the good deeds of Eric Hodgson in the start of the Everton Uganda Academy. The preparations are going on very well. We shall as usual have the boys U-13 tournament, girls (open) and amputee football. Entrance for all teams willing to take part is free with many prizes set to be rewarded to the outstanding players and teams. The tournament will take place on 5th February 2023 at the Kanyanya sports grounds, Kampala.

Ali Ssenkunda, the chief executive officer of Everton Uganda Academy
Trophies and medals on display
Eric Hodgson medal sample

There are certificates of participation, trophies, medals that will be given out as well as a ball each per participating team.

There will be other activities as blood donation and testing (for HIV/AIDS).

Hodgson laid a pivotal fundamental stone to Everton Uganda chapter with the strong foundation base as many talented male and female footballers have been identified and nurtured with a big fraction able to attain education bursaries.

Amputee football will also be played
Sparta 09 player shows off his medal and trophy won

Last year, Sparta 09 team won the boys’ U-13 category played at the Mulago Hospital playground.

Because of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, the editions in 2020 and 2021 were not held.

Blood donation will also take place
A first aider on duty
Eric Hodgson memorial football tournament

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

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