Three Ugandan coaches have been shortlisted for Arsenal and WordRemit Future Stars programme. They are part of 16 successful applicants from Africa, Of these, eight are women.
The lucky Ugandan coaches are: Bakit Isaac Agogo, Coach at Watoto Sports Academy in Gulu, Andrew Amanya, Coach at Kigezi Soccer Academy in Kabale and Nabisenke Joan, Coach in Kampala
WorldRemit and Arsenal launched the second edition of the Future Stars programme in August to recognise the valuable contributions that grassroots youth football coaches make to their communities by teaching the children they train life skills on and off the pitch.
Through the programme, WorldRemit will sponsor two winners – one male and one female – to fly to London for a personalised training session with Arsenal Football Development coaches.
Entries for Future Stars closed on 4 September, and the programme received over 1,400 entries from coaches from across Africa and the Americas.
A panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal Football Development reviewed the applications and selected 20 semi-finalists, including 16 coaches from Africa, based on the following criteria:
The commitment of the coach to improving the lives of their community, The impact the coach has had on young people within their community and The strength of the coach’s proposal to pass on their training on their return home
In recognition of their commitment to using football to bring their communities together, the 20 semi-finalists will receive Arsenal shirts for their youth squad.
What’s next for the semi-finalists?
From the 20 semi-finalists, the judging panel will select eight coaches – four male and four female – as finalists. The two winners will be chosen based on a public vote on the website.