Factors hindering the development of youth football academies in Nsangi Sub County, Wakiso District
Wasswa, Mark Ssegawa
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The study sought to assess the factors hindering the development of youth football academies in Nsangi sub-county, Wakiso district. The objective of the study was to assess the academy financial factors, infrastructure and human resources of youth football academies. The study also sought to understand how these factors have hindered their development. The study adopted a qualitative approach to offer an in-depth assessment of the topic and from the population, the researcher managed to get 120 respondents (102 coaches, 12 managers and 6 academy owners) who took part in the study. Questionnaires were provided to those who were physically reached and some data was collected through phone calls. The results of the study revealed that most of the academies in Nsangi sub-county are not registered by FUFA, have a few qualified coaches, lack standardized facilities and lack good financial management strategies hence hindering their development as well as the development of player’s talents. FUFA has therefore started licensing of football academies and providing them with procedures to be followed while coaching youth players as well as teaching coaches through courses such as FUFA beginners, FUFA D, CAF C, CAF B and CAF A so as to improve their coaching skills. FUFA also organizes competitions for those academies to help them in showcasing their player’s talents to different organizations and investors. More research is required to be carried out to assess the factors hindering the development of youth football academies within Uganda.