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Football is helping to change lives
May 14, 2009, 12:05 pm
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On June 6, 48 teams from the rural district of Soroti, in north-east Uganda will compete in a week-long football tournament, which will be held in Katine, where development work is being carried out by the African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref).

The sub-county of Katine is one of seven in the Soroti district which was once a prosperous area, but it has been hit by war, cattle raids and insurgency over the past two decades.

Twenty four teams have been drawn from Katine sub-county, and 24 from the six other sub-counties that make up Soroti.
Each team has paid to register and has slotted into one of four age groups – under 10s, under 14s, under 18s and over 18s.

Prizes will be a cow for the two winning teams from the older age groups and a goat for the younger winners.

The tournament is being organised by the Guardian newspaper, COSSEDA, a German-based organisation that seeks to build bridges between Europe and Africa for economic development, the Soroti Rural Development Agency, the Teso League Project, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) and Amref. Barclays is arranging for the Premier League trophy to be flown out to the district to mark the launch of the event.

Football has been identified as an important tool in development, particularly in areas touched by war and insurgency, like Katine. It is also seen as a way to promote healthy lifestyles, discipline, teamwork and other areas of social development.

It has also been successfully used to help reintegrate young people who have been involved in conflict back into their communities.

The organizers need to raise £25,000 for the tournament. The money will be used to upgrade pitches, run the training academy, help with transport costs and the price of football kits, as well as health resources.

All teams will be allowed to keep their kits and balls and the improved pitches will provide a place for people to meet and continue building their skills.

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