Cricket governing body in the country, the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding with Victoria University.
The development leaves Cricketers the biggest beneficiaries as they will get a chance to extend their studies to a University level at a partial fee.
This move will see Victoria University offer ten bursaries each year to UCA in a bid to elevate the lives of sportsmen.
The Cricket Association was represented by Chairman Ansasira Badu, Operations Manager John Trust Mayeku and Ronald Wakabi from the Commercial Value Group who are the commercial partners for Uganda Cricket.
Victoria University was represented by its Vice Chancellor Prof Krishna N. Sharma.
“We are very proud to be doing this with Victoria University, some people have pointed that we continuously fail at the international stage because of our mental preparedness,” noted Ansasira.
“Therefore, when Victoria University offered to help us in this area using their resources we could not turn it down. We look forward to making sure that we grow the relationship to inspire upcoming cricketers and also spur a generation of cricketers that is well educated.”
Prof. Krishna who revealed that the partnership will last as long as the two bodies still exist, noted that the MoU is also intended to develop the sports and is a start of more to come.
“A modern sportsman can no longer rely on his physical ability alone, as a research university we have resources that can allow us add value to sports institutions through research on modern performance enhancing techniques. Our relationship is also being extended to the top cricketers as well as their immediate family members so that we can have a positive impact on the lives of these players.”
Ansasira explained that they will come up with a better criteria to select the recipients of the bursaries also the main target will be the most underprivileged girls and boys like those in Soroti.