USSSA-MOE&S Inspects host Schools for FEASSA 2024
By Emmanuel Sekago
The Uganda secondary schools sports association (USSSA) and Ministry of Education and sports officials under Physical education department are undertaking a week-long inspection visit to host schools for the 2024 Federation of East africa schools sports association (FEASSA) and national primary and secondary schools as part of assessing the preparations for the competitions.
USSSA and Ministry of Education and sports in collaboration with the Local Organising Committees started on Wednesday, January 10th 2024 to conduct a five-day inspection mission in a number of schools that will host the USSSA- National, Uganda primary schools sports association (UPSSA) national and FEASSA competition this year.
The inspection teams are visiting Kitgum, Soroti, Busia, Jinja, Ndejje, Masaka and Bukedea assessing grounds, training sites, hotels and other local infrastructures that will be pivotal to the operations of USSSA, UPSSA and East Africa’s flagship competitions.
It is going to be the first time that the USSSA-Teso Zone and more so Bukedea district will host the finals. It’s also the second time that the East Africa schools competition will be hosted on Uganda soil.
The inspection team visited Bukedea Comprehensive school (BCS) and Amus College School (ACS) to assess their readiness to welcome the FEASSA inspection team scheduled for March 2024. It should be noted that the two Bukedea schools won the bid to host the East Africa Schools Games this year and the areas of focus during the inspection were; security, accommodation, and competition areas among others.
With various stakeholders from the USSSA, local government, and schools on the inspecting team, it was a true reflection of a collaborative effort to ensure the success of the FEASSSA Championship.
Patrick Alfred Okanya, the USSA President Emeritus expressed gratitude to the school proprietors for their financial commitment to the sports facilities, but they need to work with the local government and the community to improve access roads and security, plus planning for local vendors who will be selling merchandise.
The inspection team, featuring representatives from USSSA, local communities, and schools, included: John Robert Osu – Teso Zone Chairperson, Andres Isiagi Okiring – Resident Director Amus College School, Okot P’ Bitek – USSSA 3rd Vice President, Kasozi Mubarak – In charge of engineering Bukedea Comprehensive School, Maraka Abraham – USSSA Chairperson Bukedea District, Godiliver Apolot – USSSA EXCOM Secretary Women Affairs, Hajj Hussein Lwembawo Kyagulanyi – USSSA EXCOM, Mafabi Beatrice – USSSA EXCOM Representing Eastern Region, Calvin Opio – Games master Amus College School, Luke Emuron – HeadTeacher St Peters College, Tororo, Omaria Bosco – Director Marketing and Communication USSSA, Betty Namulalo – Representative Physical Education and Sports Department Ministry of Education and Sports, Jonas Gumisiriza – Managing Director Bukedea Comprehensive and Ibande Emmanuel – HM Bukedea Comprehensive School.
Wallnetnews reporter was in Bukedea and brings you all the pictures on how preparations are ongoing.