BUL Football Club and Jinja Progressive Academy (JIPRA) have agreed to a footballing partnership on Wednesday at the school premises situated along Kamuli road in Jinja City.
The agreement seals the good working relationship that the Eastern Giants and JIPRA have had over time that has had a couple of players from the school including players such as Reagan Kalyowa, Richard Okello, Shafiq Kwikiriza and goalkeeper John Okurut sign for the club. Others players on the books of both parties are: Swabir Mpasa, Innocent Rwothomio and Lwendo Sowedi.
BUL’s delegation was led by club chairman – Ronald Barente, while JIPRA was represented by Hajji Swaibu Kitezaala, the director of the school.
Mr.Barente said this kind of partnership is what the club dearly required.
“JIPRA has been a very core part of our success and we needed this partnership very much.”
“Now that we have it, it’s a very good one for both parties to benefit. We have already benefited from students who study and play football from there as they also go on to play for us.”
“What we did today was to reach out to JIPRA to say thank you and also have a formal partnership so that all talents that go through the school have to go through BUL as their club.”
He further acknowledged the school’s sound efforts towards developing the game of football in the country, and that the formal relationship was just long overdue.
“It is one of the best footballing schools in the region and has nurtured many talents. So, we decided that since they have been there for us informally, it was long overdue that we formalize the marriage between us.”
Hajji Kitezaala was excited to see the officials of the club at his office and is now glad that his school will get national recognition, material and technical support since BUL is a big brand in the country.
“I feel very happy and I am very proud that BUL FC has come to formalize our relationship into a legal framework. We are supporters of BUL because we have been giving them players and they have also been supporting us here and there. But now it’s going to be formal and it’s going to be legal – our relationship is now an organized one,”
“I think it’s going to be better and bigger as we promote the club and the school teams. Since BUL is a big super league club, we are expecting a lot from them. We are expecting sports equipments like balls, nets, customized jerseys, technical support, and even paying schools fees for the players – both boys and girls because they have been paying for some students who are disadvantaged, not necessarily footballers.”
“They have promised to get the footballers – both girls and boys on board. They have also promised to take on the girls’ team so that they promote and support them with playing and training equipments and technical support. It’s indeed very exciting.”
“It’s a mutual relationship, both parties are going to benefit. We shall give them the best players and they will also give us the best technical and material support. It is a marriage that is going to bear a lot of benefits on either side.”
JIPRA have Micheal Ssebaggala as their coach who is also part of the coaching team at BUL.