Soccer has become one of the most lucrative fields that for different reasons young people tend to drop out of school to pursue their footballing careers considering that many come from backgrounds of poverty.
With the success of the Uganda Cranes and popularity of footballers like Denis Onyango and Farouk Miya, it’s no wonder that the love for soccer has grown in Uganda and many talented soccer players are dreaming to emulate them. However, their passion for sports is coming at the cost of them dropping out of school since they cannot afford education.
Nonetheless education is generally a key factor in dictating a person’s success off the football pitch, especially after retirement since on average footballers retire at the age of 35 years.
Victoria University has come out to try to help promote the sport by offering scholarships to soccer players. The university will on Saturday, March 13 hold soccer trials to scout talented students who will be given an opportunity to be admitted to pursue degrees on full scholarship.
“This trial will allow you to showcase your potential to our Pro coaches, who will assess and choose the best students for the University Soccer Team,” reads the notice in part.
Students who will be admitted will access fitness trainers, nutritionists, sport psychologists and top quality sports facilities. The trials will be conducted at Kampala Parents School starting 12pm.