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Premier League in sh8b skills project

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th September 2008 03:00 AM

THE English Premier League has in a $2.4m (sh7.92bn) project selected Uganda as a soccer development hub for sub-Saharan Africa.

THE English Premier League has in a $2.4m (sh7.92bn) project selected Uganda as a soccer development hub for sub-Saharan Africa.

By James Bakama

THE English Premier League has in a $2.4m (sh7.92bn) project selected Uganda as a soccer development hub for sub-Saharan Africa.

The two-year programme is all about imparting soccer skills to children and youth in Ethiopia, Botswana, Senegal, Malawi, Cameroon, Tunisia and Uganda.

“Coaches from these countries will annually converge in Uganda to acquire skills that they will later impart to their communities,” said British Council Director Richard Weyers.

The investment is part of a grand corporate responsibility project to benefit countries where the Premier League has a big following.

“It’s a way of giving back to Premier League fans,” noted Kate Hodgkinson, the Premier League’s media, events and premier skills executive.

Education and Sports State minister Charles Bakkabulindi commended the project saying it will greatly boost talent.

The British Council, the Premier League and the Education and Sports ministry on Saturday launched the course, whose first phase involves a week’s coaching course for 40 participants.
Former Premier League star Warren Barton led a group of coaches to conduct the training at Lugogo.

Warren featured for Wimbledon before heading to Newcastle. West Ham Academy goalkeeper Jerome John, Everton Community coach Liam Redican and Paul Hughes who is a social inclusion and projects manager, are the other coaches.

Premier League in sh8b skills project

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