Bugema University held their second ever Basketball trials this Sunday 29th of August at the main campus located in Kiwenda, off Gayaza road. This has been a new improvisation for the institution and a welcomed one at that.
The Seventh Day Adventist University which was established in 1948 and accredited by the National Council for Higher Education of Uganda in 1994 has since established a deliberate move to invest in the game of basketball.
They seek to boast both the male and female teams.
Meanwhile, the players that have gone through these trials and successfully earn recruitment will form the Academic Year 2021/22 and will earn an opportunity to select a course of their liking for career growth.
Furthermore, these will be offered a one hundred percent scholarship that will cover both the functional fees and tuition.
The segments are that the starting five on the men’s roster will be guaranteed full scholarship while a maximum of eight members on the ladies’ team can claim a full scholarship.
That said, the trials commenced as early as 8:00 am and ended before 4:00 pm in order to allow the participants to return to their different destinations and areas of residence before curfew time.
Seth Tibenda who happens to be the Basketball Coordinator and Team Manager at the University expounded more on this issue:
“It’s a one year scholarship that is renewable depending on one’s academic performance, efficiency on court and overall discipline,” he stated.
Coach Henry Malinga handled the afternoon session whose main focus was game reading while former Lady Jills head coach Jeff Wamboko handled the ladies.
Jerome Kasiagabalya on the other hand was charged with the overall head role for the session. He is also the head coach at the institution with his assistant being David Hayuni.
The men’s basketball team will be captained by Lola Bienfait and the University will look to recruit talented players so as to help develop the talents of players but also earn from the investment in the long-run.
Other Universities like Uganda Christian University, Uganda Martyrs University and Nkozi University among others also offer basketball scholarships for higher education.