I am Ivan Ssemuwemba, aspiring for the position of President Uganda Rugby Union because I believe it time for a fresh breath of air in the administration of the sport.
Ivan Ssemuwemba attended Namilyango Junior Boys School for my Primary education, before proceeding to Ndejje Senior Secondary School. Rugby and I first crossed paths when I was doing my A Level at Makerere College School and it has been all rugby from there on. I served as Chairman of rugby at Kyambogo University during 2010-2011, and I am proudly still part of their ExComm.
Ivan Ssemuwemba a business man, serving as managing director of Siva Hardwares and Nyumbani Estate Managers.
There is a number of issues to address pertaining to Ugandan rugby, and they are outlined in “The Dream Team Manifesto.”
Transparency; with our partners, stakeholders. Aiming to create a legacy of all due income and revenue the sport is accumulating. Working to make the Union debt compliant through prior planning. Making the World Rugby grant have a top down impact on the sport.
Setting up management and administration that can both include volunteers and professionals. Committees that serve in principle, like the selection, secretariat, management of national teams will be associate with competence and open appointment.
Grassroots rugby: Uganda this year returns to the international scene at junior level smoothening that transition and making the team more representative of junior rugby played across the country. An aspiration of any school boy or girl at this level.
More girls should pick up a ball, play whether at school, university or a field near a home. Insistence on more engagement with world rugby on participation of women tournaments.
Schools rugby devolved support mainly from the old boy networks. Getting parents more involved as stakeholders, marking up on more volunteer involvement in stakeholders.
Grassroots rugby at district level. A national outlook means promoting the game at various levels, we look forward to making a district committee in select catchment areas to ensure maximum participation. This will work by ensuring mainly upcountry playing clubs make a mini competition at school and community level that is supervised by the parent club and quality assurance enforced with a national outlook. More local derbies reinforced in tandem with view of developing an aware player and a passionate fan. This will in turn develop more players into the national pathways, more fans, more rugby and better rugby. In the same vein helping set up a player monitoring database.
A different approach by making mini league fixtures that ensure maximum participation of upcountry clubs into the game of rugby. The fixtures should be considerate of time and distance and make more of the game be enjoyed by more of us.
Special negotiation for upcountry teams. This makes sure that any team, promoted has a competitive chance by being offered affirmative action in lieu with easing as set up by the league committee. This is to stem the fact that almost all teams outside of the Central region who are relegated always suffer sure disintegration.
Touch rugby: As a phase of sport should be structured to keep more veterans in the game, more fans involved, more newbies and more understanding of the game for new comers. An attempt to have more involved personnel is welcome. Touch and non-contact rugby are a more family oriented way of getting into rugby.
University and tertiary institutions rugby: returning to the core transitioning phase of rugby. Building a university league run with renewed interest from the parent bodies. This in turn will ensure more token support in kind of facilities, scholarships and more visibility to new fans.
Tertiary institutions should act as our new spider web development for growth of the sport.
Academia can help us with recruitment in critical fields of research and development, marketing, sports medicine.
Schools league is thinning down, a renewed interest in the game will be a priority. A minimum of eight teams will make the premier competition more viable. Renewed emphasis on the development of upcountry sides will be a huge part of our plans going forward.
Facility Improvement plan: rugby requires a standard of pitch. We hope to subscribe to a standard which can be met by all teams. This can be met by continued assistance from the union. Means to acquire more assets whose ownership is trustee based.
More interaction with the public service and municipalities to achieve more open space for rugby.
Emphasis will be placed on out of Kampala sides developing capacity to make them own more facilities. Ensuring rugby is a Ugandan sport.
Pool revenue: All clubs are struggling to meet financial obligations, as a mark of improvement we aim to create a singular pool over and above the usual routes to have more resources.
This involves smaller stake in visibility, collective bargaining for specific assignments, shared responsibility and privileges. This will draw more funding to the other facets of the game that are struggling like the women, schools, tag and out of the Capital teams.
Golden glove events: Some rugby days are more profitable than others. We aim to create more events that attract more public interest in the game. This in turn translates into revenue.
Fixtures like the Elgon cup, round the country circuits can provide a lifeline to various bodies as they contribute to the pool fund.
Referees: A growth in the number of officials who call the game both for junior, intermediate, senior and international levels. A marked increase in the number of officials, sustaining the current ones and calling upon the veterans of the field to make a contribution to this endeavor.
Create an ethical and sustainable officiating culture that breeds consistent rugby.
More referees have to rise from the ashes out of Kampala.
Coaching: Create more awareness on the importance of the coaches. An instituted coaching council to institute more coach-able players in not just the basics of the game. Shared experiences that make rugby a family are so important to inoculate into the game.
It will take a while to create a fully professional league, rugby is still an avenue to create better rounded fellows. Ensuring a proper mentor-ship program for our athletes and the community at large.
Medical: More incentives to the medical board to keep professionals working with rugby autonomously. This is geared mainly in the fields of research and development of an independent rugby medical chart. This grants the board more autonomy in recommendation of treatment and profiling of players. Also serve as an early warning system to many of the medical problems that could arise.
Seek to work to include nutritionists over and above conditioning, physiotherapy and the traditional medical practice that is available. This will help more players last longer healthier in the game and make the medical service achieve viable results.
Medical insurance first for the elite players, then the other players follow. Up to when we have coverage of all possible insurable personnel.
Media: Sport always pits human excellence to the admiration of the public. More engagement and creation of a support system to sell rugby, brand rugby and more so build rugby.
Media rights, engagements should be controlled and licensed mainly in an area of traditional journalism. The tide could be in our favor to ensure that more of our content is relatable to the general public. By publishing rugby to an unknown market.
More proactive and reactive engagement on social media, including running a functional rugby union account on Facebook and Twitter. Creating an instagram audience, a you tube channel. In turn liaising with other players like the established media houses to help we curate our own content. A more interactive and business oriented website to cover all our activities.
In brief rugby Union Uganda should be at the fore front of the information supply chain.