At a time when Uganda as a country is yearning for sports facilities to boost the sports sub-sector, there is a big smile after the official launch of the Kamwokya Community Sports Center worth $4 billion shillings, in the suburbs of Kampala city.
This multipurpose center will host a number of games like boxing, volleyball, handball, netball, indoor football (futsal), basketball and community activities like community meetings, parties and other festivities .
The Kamwokya Community Sports Center was exclusively funded by a Germany-based organization, the Ameropa Foundation.
It was officially launched on Tuesday 3rd May 2022 by Moses Muhangi, the president of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF).
I was the guest of honor at the launch of the multi-sports facility in one of our ghettos in Kamwokya, Kampala City. This facility will also house a boxing gym and boxing club based in the Kamwokya community. We are trying to convince boxing clubs to become community owned rather than individually owned. Community clubs have many advantages over individual ownership. We will phase out privately owned clubs over time. It is good for the Kamwokya community, even the Ugandan government does not have this except for Namboole. So I ask Ameropa, don’t stop there, even other regions need it, Kawempe, Bwaise and others. The only survival for young people now is sport. I am a boy from Kamwokya, grew up from here and I am happy to see that we have such a facility here, it will help to develop talents in Ghetto, Ghetto is a talent center, we have seen a number of talents from here, the likes of Bobi Wine.
Moses Muhangi, President of the Uganda Boxing Federation
Francis Mbaziira is the facility’s manager and remembers the humble beginning since 2021 when work began.
It’s a project that started in 2021, we thank God that we finally finished, it was a very successful project, it cost our partners four billion shillings, it’s a facility that is going to host all the games of interior apart from a few, we are very grateful to our partners, this is a facility for the underprivileged. Now the facility is in place but we are still short of materials to set it up, we don’t have furniture, balls and other equipment to use, so we ask anyone who can help us to continue supporting us.
Francis Mbaziira, Director of the Kamwokya Community Sports Center
Céline Miescher, the president of the Ameropa Foundation, congratulated the workers who worked tirelessly for the center to be completed.
15 of these 70 workers were women.
The Kamwokya Community Sports Center will host the 2022 East Africa Netball Club Championship which kicks off this weekend.
The center is also hosting Africa’s first-ever C-level netball referee course in Uganda, which is taught by Namibian facilitator, Julieta Emarencia Esterhuizen.