Basketball in Uganda is governed by Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) which is a non-profit association whose membership currently consists of the basketball teams who participate in the MTN League, Schools Basketball and Mini Basketball. The objects for which the Basketball Association was formed include the development and promotion of the sport of basketball in Uganda and in any given year the Association attempts to meet its objectives by, among other things, developing and promoting basketball leagues, camps and other events and by arranging for teams representing Uganda to participate in international competitions.
The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations was created to handle and oversee all aspects of basketball in Uganda right from the grassroots to the National League and National Teams. The mandate of FUBA is closely watched by the National Council of Sports (NCS) but empowered through a voting processing by registered team members of the teams participating in the FUBA basketball league. The Executive when elected into office holds the office for a period of four years before another election takes place.
FUBA is passionate about the growth of basketball in Uganda and to this effect runs a league with over 40 teams taking part every single year.
Basketball is without doubt the fastest growing sport in Uganda today especially among the 12-20 years’ age group. This has especially been made possible because of the growth of the private education sector and also the growth of the hip-hop culture which identifies very closely with the basketball game. When the Post-Primary Schools Basketball Association was born in 1996, the first tournament was attended by 7 Schools in Kampala only. Today the number of Schools that compete right from the regional qualifiers is well over 150. This has led to a spawning of clubs for these players when they leave High School. The MTN sponsored national league today has well over 40 teams, the biggest in East and Central Africa. The teams are divided into 4 divisions, the men’s divisions being, 1st, 2nd and 3rd divisions and the women’s divisions. The format for the men’s division is such that any team that wishes to join the league joins in the 3rd division and can make its way then to the first division.
These two plus the presence of good inter-schools and inter-clubs competition has led to the phenomenal growth of basketball in the country since the late 1990s and has made the sport one of the most powerful vehicles for promotion. Indeed mobile telecoms giants MTN were quick to realize this and though their sponsorship of the national league started at a modest Shs. 5 million in 2002, the sponsorship for the 2009 season hit an incredible 80 million shillings.
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