Parents to blame for talent under development in Uganda

Julius Niwamanya C.E.O Rwakabengo sports academy addressing parents.

SPORT– The parenting style of African parents has hindered talent development among youth.

This was revealed during the Rwakabengo sports academy parents meeting held on Saturday 6th November 2021 at Heritage country club in Southern Division, Rukungiri Municipality.

Julius Niwamanya the Chief executive officer of Rwakabengo Sports Academy noted that within an African household, the expectations are clear, mindset extremely strict and traditional. 

“Your parents want you to either pursue Medicine, Law, or Engineering” notes Niwamanya. 

Niwamanya says this ancient mindset has been a key challenge in the development of sports academy with many referring footballers to idlers.

Parents in attendence at Heritage country club Rukungiri.

Other challenges included limited training equipment, dependency on voluntary services, no uniforms, limited space for life skills sessions among others.

He went on to thank parents for their support and love for the game.

Rwakabengo sports academy started so as to derive inspiration from the late David Katiguta, John Wilson Karyahikwa and Mr. Barigye Augustine alias Kanyamunyu who played for the Uganda National football team (The Cranes).

The academy believes that with vast history of past talents in the district, there is natural talent that needs to be identified and developed.

Parents pose for a group photo after the Meeting.

Possiano Bagambe a father to three says his sons have improved on discpline instead of being idle at home.

“Am totally happy for this academy and for that matter therefore allow me contribute 50,000/= for the great work well done”- Bagambe added.

Kakai Esther a mother to Nafayo Nobert 13 says Rukungiri is indeed blessed to have such an academy to groom their children in talent development.

“I propose that if possible we support our academy and also motivate our technical team with the little available”- she added.

Karahukayo Amos the Academy Parents chairperson addressing parents.

Karahukayo Amos the Academy Parents chairperson commended parents for running to such programs that help in proper planning of the academy.

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