The sports ministry Leadership Development program is designed for leaders involved in sports ministry for children, youth and special needs. Its purpose is to support leaders using sport to develop children morally, spiritually, physically and socially in the local communities of the Great Lakes region of Africa.
The Sports Ministry Leadership development program has four levels:
- Introduction to Sports Ministry. This level introduces sports ministry and sets participants on a foundation where they begin to run programs with purpose, knowledge and determination.
- Sports Ministry Coaching.This level enables leaders to implement purpose-driven coaching programs. At this level small activity groups are introduced with a philosophy, “as the sports ministry grows in number, the ministry must also grow in effectiveness”.
- Sports Ministry Practice.This level provides guidelines and insights for putting in action what has been learnt from level 1 and 2. This level ensures that knowledge acquired is put into action. Level 2 leaders are given one year of practice. The ultimate purpose for this level is to help the leaders grow in skill and practice, and be able to develop more leaders. Leaders in this category can attend a review course that should be scheduled within a period of one year.
- Sports Ministry Management.This level involves sports ministry planning and management, with focus on enabling participants to implement innovative sports ministry programs using planning and management tools essential for high-impact interventions. This is the final level in the Leadership support program.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was only despair.”Nelson Mandella
Outreach to Rwamwanja Refugee Settlemeny
According to the Uganda population census, there are 247,749 young people aged 19 and below in Kamwenge district in 2014. Total population in Rwamwanja sub-county in 2014 is 31,954 for Nationals and 40,187 for refugees. A UNHCR report (January 2018), indicates there are over 9,000 young people aged 5-17 in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement.
According to the Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities (ERPRHC) in Uganda (2018), 58.2% of children in the refugee community were in primary school, while only 11.3% were able to attend Secondary education. 17.9% of children in the host community were able to attend Secondary education, according to a Ministry of Education survey that covered 8 refugee hosting districts; Adjumani, Arua, Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kiryandongo, Kyegerwa, Moyo and Yumbe.
A large population of the young people in Rwamwanja are at a risk of continuing the same lifestyle they currently face into adulthood, unless they make a radical decision to significantly improve their lifestyle today. The introduction of Bora Sport in Rwamwanja is aiming at improving the lifestyle of young people through sport.
HCA sports ministry is an edu-sport initiative designed to find individuals and groups with keen interest in sport and enhancing their effectiveness through integrated training and provision of resources essential for their holistic development.
Under this program we develop leaders and enable them to run effective sports ministry programs with significant impact on overarching problems young people face, such as hygiene, motivation to stay in school and being active as well as communicating other information critical for their spiritual and social development.
The uniqueness of HCA sports ministry is underscored by integrated research that aims at establishing prevalent hindrances to growth and running advocacy initiatives to address those impediments.
“Young people are going astray yet they are the future Church. We need to look for them”.Pastors’ remarked during the workshop organized for them on July 31st 2019.