TKL Uganda joins FIFA World Cup Festival PDF Print E-mail

 

By Norman S. Miwambo  (www.thepromota.co.uk)

Any dream of Uganda playing in the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa during June/July 2010 evaporated when they failed to qualify; however a small group of young Ugandans has broken the jinx that destroyed the senior side.

George Springborg, Football for Hope Festival 2010 Participation Manager explains: “Football for Hope” has selected The Kids League Uganda (TKL) to take part in the Football for Hope Festival 2010, due to its excellent commitment and track record in the field of Development through Football.” 

“Led by FIFA and Street Football World, Football for Hope (FFH) uses the power of the game for social development. FFH was established in 2005 to strengthen organisations working towards sustainable social development including health promotion, peace building, children’s rights, anti-discrimination, social integration and the environment. Since 1998 it has provided opportunities for over 15,000 boys and girls from mixed ethnic, religious and social backgrounds from over 200 schools, orphanages and street children’s organisations supported by Stanbic Bank and over 200 corporate sponsors.

Kampala Kids League (KKL) is the most successful youth team from the African continent. Ex KKL and TKL players have attracted interest from European and South African clubs.

Not so many people in Kampala however are aware of the work that The Kids League (TKL), the umbrella NGO organization that developed from KKL in 2003, has successfully completed in the conflict and post conflict zones of northern Uganda.

Over 50,000 boys and girls have competed TKL grassroots sports programmes in Arua, Gulu, Amuru, Kitgum, Lira, Kumi, Pader, Moroto and Nakapiripirit bringing kids together, breaking barriers and conveying life skills including health, education awareness and peace building.

In 2003, Trevor Dudley the Founder of KKL and Country Director of TKL, was awarded a social entrepreneur fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation for using sports to create significant social change and invited to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE for Services to Children’s Sport and Health Education in Uganda. He is currently assisting the Sudan Football Federation in youth development programmes in Khartoum.

In 2007 FC Barcelona presented TKL with an award at the Nou Camp stadium for the humanitarian work using football achieved in the conflict zones of northern Uganda. In 2007 His Royal Highness Prince Charles visited the TKL offices to meet and listen to children from northern Uganda who had benefitted from this sport.

In 2009 TKL was nominated for the “Beyond Sports Awards” at a glittering ceremony in London presided over by Desmond Tutu, attended by many Olympians and sports personalities as well as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Sir Richard Branson.

Football for Hope Festival 2010 brings together successful organisations in the field of Development through Football.

FIFA President, Joseph S Blatter, a strong supporter of this programme says:

“We look forward to welcoming The Kids League Uganda to experience how football contributes to building a better future”.

The foundations for Festival 2010 were laid during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. After a week of cultural dialogue and knowledge exchange, the Mathare Youth Sports Association was crowned “world champion” and took the Andres Escobar Trophy with them back to Nairobi in Kenya.

The street football tournament will coincide with the final week running 3rd-10th July with workshops and activities for participating delegations beginning one week before.

According to Mr. Dudley, the TKL team of 4 boys and 4 girls, aged 15 – 19 plus 3 officials has been carefully selected, including boys and girls from KKL and TKL in Kampala, Arua and Kitgum as well as a representative from the TKL “A” League for children with disability.

“If you don’t play, you won’t succeed” says Ruth Nakaye (15) whose left leg was amputated, an inspiration to hundreds of others with disabilities and pledges to do the same. FIFA and Streetfootballworld will cover the cost of accommodation, but TKL has to raise around $20,000 to transport this team to South Africa.

(If anybody willing to contribute and support this Uganda team in this once in a lifetime opportunity can contact TKL at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

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