IMPACT | WELCOME MUKWANO TITUS!
Updated: Mar 25, 2022
We are delighted to introduce equitysport's newest partner, Mukwano Titus, Manager of the Kamaiba Soccer Academy - a football academy in Kasese in the West of Uganda, roughly 50km from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Titus, who coaches young boys and girls football in Kasese, Western Uganda, was recently granted an equitysport Professional Development Grant to complete his first formal football coaching badge from FUFA (Federation of Uganda Football Associations).
All around the world, the lack of opportunities to formalise knowledge and secure relevant qualifications that would allow them to effectively extend opportunities through sport to their communities, remains a significant barrier to progress.
At equitysport, we believe in the capacity and the potential of local people and local organisations to devise and determine their own destiny in and through sport. It is people like Titus who understand the most pressing challenges in his locality, the most effective mechanisms to advance equality and promote diversity, the local know-how and relationships to get things done, and the passion to see change delivered in the long term.
Too often in global sport, we celebrate paternal interventionism; readily accepting the idea that under-qualified, inexperienced and culturally naive outsiders from the Global North are better placed to deliver services and plug skills-gaps in communities that sport has left behind.
We reject that approach, wholeheartedly. Through our work, we are committed to promoting and advancing a culture in global sport and sports development that is rooted in 'solidarity over saviour' and guided by principles of self-determination and long term self-reliance; especially when there is a social or economic power imbalance at play.
We understand that training provisions, particularly in developing countries, are often under-financed and fragmented; and we appreciate that traditional sources of funding for individuals to access training and development is often insufficient to meet demand, or remain difficult to access for those outside of major cities.
By directly investing our support in local people, local organisations and local ideas, we are providing the initial leg up to those already doing the work on the ground to diversify sport, build capacity in forgotten corners of global sport and extend real opportunities to the marginalised, oppressed and excluded.
And so last week, Titus travelled from Kasese to Jinja, near the Ugandan capital of Kampala via a seven hour bus journey to complete his intensive training course.
We are very excited that over the coming months we will give over our platform for Titus to tell his story, the impact he is having on his community through sport and his efforts to provide opportunities to the young people of Kasese through the Kamaiba Soccer Academy!
PLEASE SUPPORT MUKWANO TITUS AND OTHERS LIKE HIM!
In March 2022, we delivered a record number of professional development grants to individuals in traditionally under-served and excluded sporting communities in the Global South, but we were massively over-subscribed, forcing us to turn down applicants who were doing vitally important work to advance equal opportunity, promote diversity and extend equal opportunities through sport.
The equitysport SQUAD is made up of individuals who have committed to address inequality in sport via a modest monthly donation, ensuring that everyone, the world over, can access and participate in sport as equals.
A monthly contribution of just £3 over the course of a year could fund an opportunity to secure training and qualifications for someone just like Mukwano!
Together we can unlock the promise of the global masses and enshrine the true values of sport for generations to come, ensuring that sport remains open to all, whoever you are, wherever you come from and whatever your background.
equitysport is a values-led registered charity (1189559) that exists to advance equality, promote diversity and extend equal opportunity in and through global sport. We seek an inclusive and equitable sporting ecosystem that lives true to the values of sport.
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