Sseninde Women’s Development Football Cup is a grassroots football tournament set up to inspire and create more opportunities for girls and women in Africa to play football. This year’s edition will take place on August 24th at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara, Uganda.
“Our aim is to create more awareness about girl’s football in the communities,” said Jean Sseninde, founder of the organisation. “We are expecting 201 players to take part in this year’s edition, including over 40 volunteers and 10 officials.”
The Sseninde Foundation is doing important work in east Africa. The foundation is involved in coaching life skills to young women and girls in the country, community organisation and even operates sewing classes.
Founded in 2006 by Sseninde, a defender for the Uganda Women’s national team who has played for QPR and Crystal Palace women’s teams in England, among other clubs, the foundation provides life and technical skills, education and sports training.
The annual Sseninde Womens Football Tournament, which looks to try and increase the number of girls who play football in Uganda, is one of their main events.
“The event will be a one day tournament with 8 teams divided into two groups.” says Sseninde.
“The top two qualify for semi-finals and then the winners at this level play in the finals. We hope to educate people further on girls’ football and its benefits, create local and international connections and open doors for the girls and women to showcase their talent. Our chief aim is to raise the profile of women’s football.”
“We also visit and hold football clinics with various teams in different communities that aren’t participating in the tournament and we offer them the chance to register for other activities and also coaching sessions.”
On International Women’s Day this year we named the organisation among nine women’s groups doing amazing things in sport.