THE STRUGGLE

“History is not made by those who follow rules”

We should contribute to creation of a world where there’s love, sharing knowledge with one another and allow nothing to put fear in our minds when we do the right thing.

Stand out, live your truth, do it all if it makes you happy, we have time now when we are still alive to experiment a million things we would love to do. I play football because I love it, am venturing into football administration because I love to be visionary and challenge my self, I completed my UEFA B licence coaching course, because I would love to have knowledge of what I teach when I visit communities to inspire young players to play football, We run a foundation because it’s a dream to play a small part in helping to create equity opportunities for everyone in the world to do what they love and play sport. I do the consultancy because I never ever want to die with the little knowledge I have, I want to share it with everyone.

This is the struggle, and however tough, I learned that history is not made by those who follow rules. So yes, incase you questioned why I do too much or you wondered why JTF (Jean The Fixer) seems to be everywhere at times, it’s not much for me, Don’t know how am able to do it, but I have self belief. I attend to each in it’s own time and give 100 percent . It is about time management and the mind. Learning to organise my mind mentally to be able to believe it is possible because I am doing it for a reason, and yes, I have to work incredibly hard and sacrifice a lot. Behind the scenes it’s not fun but the satisfaction and smiles on people’s faces is a heavenly feeling worth everything.

I want to prove to myself that it’s possible to learn incredible various roles in the world if we don’t limit ourselves. It’s my dream and passion to continue challenging my self and learn everyday so I can share the knowledge to everyone who doesn’t get access to opportunities. Let us together strive to be united so we can achieve incredible things. And let’s continue to lift up those who feel low, everyday is painful in a different way for everyone so let’s remain kind and treat everyone without prejudice but with fairness.

POWER OF THE SMILE

`It matters how we make other people feel’

One day I was having a bad morning, ( I really don’t like mornings!). So I met this man who is about 4’6 feet I guess, Am about 5’5 feet. Didn’t know him, so was trying my best to walk fast as I didn’t want to give anyone a second look in fear they would notice how awful I felt.

The man to my surprise gave me a big smile as he looked direct into my eyes and said to me, “Good morning ma’am”. Wow, this instantly created a different kind of feeling inside of me, I didn’t know the man and he wasn’t obligated either to even say a word to me. This blessed my day and completely changed my mentality more.

It doesn’t take much to create a positive impact in someone else’s life who you don’t know. Many people have got big opportunities just by starting with that magic smile to a stranger. These smiles start conversations and connect people.

I learned a big lesson that day, I don’t have to offer much to everyone but if I can be kind and bless someone’s day even by giving them a big smile, that is worth a million material things I cannot afford. It matters how we make other people feel. I would like to continue using the power of the smile to make other people’s days better and also to connect with new people.

Because, there’s a lot of power in connecting with new people everyday.

THE FEDERATION IS SUGGESTING REDUCING TEAMS IN THE UPL FROM 16 to 12.

Would like to know your thoughts.

(Try suggesting ideas objectively (in a way that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions)

I’ve written down mine below, mentioned both positives + and negatives – of this suggestion.

Positives

Fewer teams in top flight could raise the level of competition(became more competitive) among teams. This will be coz teams are fighting to stay in the top flight and others to promote which could improve the quality of football played in the league..

It could became a more manageable league with less teams and heightened licensing requirements – this could raise the standards of facilities in which teams play

We have the u17 league already so Duplicating it into a reserve league is ok I guess for developing young players and sustainability in clubs.

Could work for national team players who will have a chance to play against tougher opposition day in day out.

Negatives

Stake holders need to be sensitised lot more ahead of time before implementation process. Unless the current heads of department in both the licensing and Competions have improved, I don’t think they are competent enough to sensitise or convince the stakeholders about advantages of this idea.

What happens to the 10 year contract with Startimes that was made with 16 current teams in top flight? What happens to the funds?

Is the chairman of the league a stakeholder of the game? Does he own a club in the league or has a connection to any club as a meme we of the board?

Is the league board even aware of the suggestions and plan on ground? Or they are waiting for the results to follow?

Of course this is an idea suggested by the ‘ Excom’ (in my view I doubt they did because non of them are that creative let’s face it) so probably the main man Presido suggested the ideas. He needs to get an intelligent team to help him draw good strategies which won’t be possible considering the levels of competence of most of the people around him.
(Good thing is he can do all things single handily)

It’s on the plate to be discussed but where all league stalker holders consulted or will they have a say in the final decision? Also they have been asked to send in emails of suggestions, who in particular will read the emails to make the decisions? Because the competition director has been in fufa for more than 15 years and the most active thing she has done is player licensing in my view, I haven’t seen anything else creative apart from signing mandatory paperwork and fixtures

Looking at current situation, there will be a big gap of development btn the top flight and other leagues simply because more resources of sponsor may be automatically shifted to top league only just like now, I barely know any teams in big league(my bad)

Other stake holders like Referees, Fans, sponsors and others could be affected, have they been consulted and how will they be affected?

Notes

Obviously some people have been suggesting increase to 20 which in my view will be cios and going overboard. Our federation may not manage that.

Also the league has been there for sometime and coming up with new ideas to make it better isn’t bad just, the question is what ideas ?and who is creative enough in the federation to make things better?

© Jean Sseninde.

4th Edition Sseninde Women’s Development Cup 2019

“The time is NOW”

The 4th Edition Of the Sseninde Women’s Development Football Cup 2019 is just 30 days away. The excitement is building inside me and I have a good feeling about this one. It’s the first time we are going to do it at Mbarara in Kakyeka Stadium. Looking back from 2016, wow leaps and bounds we have made.

I remember the first edition in my Maama’s office at 3am the day before the tournament busy typing team sheets, I was innocent just starting to break on the scene in the real world. Didn’t know what was coming for me four years later.

The sacrifices I’ve had to make to make sure this runs for the fourth year are just what I didn’t expect. The demand the sleepless nights and so much in between you won’t know of course. I wouldn’t have done anything without my incredible team. We started as 9 volunteers and now we are 52. Still can’t believe what’s happening at times.

Usually athletes take sport number 1 and I do as well. Can’t believe I put my career on the line for the first time in my life and I felt fulfilled. I feel my vision is clearer now. My dream is to see millions of girls get opportunities I never got and that’s going to be my fight through actions. I want to live by example.

As I continue to spend more sleepless nights, I pray and hope we continue to work together and support each other through it all. We can never be 100 percent but we can try to be the best version of what we can be because the time is NOW.

Attitude.

“It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when there’s so much going on around you”

A few years ago, I made the biggest sacrifice of my life to embark on achieving my dreams. Maybe they were not as clear then as they are now. I always had fantasies when I was little and having a tattoo was one of them. Funny enough I hate needles but for this I managed to stand the pain. I have five:) (they r hidden or faint so it’s hard for someone to notice, not that being so dark skinned helps either) I admit I would have had more if I had the time and was extravagant.

Looking back at my life seven years ago and now, am thankful I have partly achieved most of my goals. If I was not to exist any more I think I would be satisfied more than a little. Everything I’ve got I’ve earned it. Even tho as humans we always want more. Now there bigger dreams to achieve and am still going.

Maturity has been a big part of my life and I’ve learned to stay calm and be strong in times of need, loneliness, pain, when things are not going my way and every feeling you can imagine that causes uncertainties.

Patience and hard work are my friends. Dear friends, never lose focus. It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when there’s so much going on around you but attack what life brings at you, attack it my friend and follow your heart always.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. I’ve learned and accepted that we won’t have control over every situation in our lives, maybe we don’t get to make every decision. But every new day we get to decide our attitude because with the right attitude, who knows what you can achieve?

Behind The Smile

‘I have learned to be unapologetic about the things I want to do’

The truth is , I never knew how much my life could change when I left my home country to move to the UK. It’s been years and honestly am very fine and happy. I admit I have changed and am convinced I’ve changed for the better. Sometimes I cant believe how bold I am when addressing people and also how I fight for the things I want / believe in. I opened this website to speak up my mind aloud and am sure theres a lot of mistakes but for once I allowed my self to be raw.

Everything I do is for a purpose and for the last few days I have learned to be unapologetic about the things I want to do . At times all the people who don’t want us to succeed put all the bad thoughts in our minds that send the message to our hearts like a chain of command that’s very effective. Have grown up now and truth is we all don’t have much time. My dreams are real in my heart and I don’t see a way out right now apart from fighting hard. As I told you I have enjoyed my journey so far since I left home but now my heart aches so bad. I left my friends and family and everyone I know and at quite a young age! Now the challenge I have is that I miss home, I miss my friends I miss having all the people I had around me.

With life we have to make sacrifices tho I feel at this point everything is hard. Most things feel like a love hate relationship. I think am a person of extremes where I love too much when I do and probably vice verser but please don’t quote me on that.

I really miss home! Even being here, there’s something wrong that I cant quit explain. I don’t wanna leave, the things I wanna do seem like very big Dreams so at times I feel am in this kind of bubble or dreamy world. The truth is I don’t really care because what is the point of life anyway if we don’t do the things we wanna do?

The truth is , the life we have won’t last forever. I have fallen in love with being home. I want to have all my friends again that I left. Its nothing to do with what am doing now but its just the way it is, its just what my heart wants and for me thats what matters now.

Behind this smile there’s a young lady who is fighting, working very hard to achieve a big dream, there’s this strong woman who misses family everyday but keeps going because it’s just how life is. There’s this beautiful lady who wants to go out for a drink with a friend who is probably busier than she is! A strong lady who has learned to keep a deaf ear when someone says she’s not good enough. Having learned how to deal with that, the maturity I have is victory I should be proud of.

Since this is my first blog of 2019, I wish you all a happy new year.

The Sseninde Foundation Women’s Football Workshop

The Sseninde Foundation Women’s Football Workshop

Somethings seem so small yet with a big impact. Others seem big , easy and irrelevant but make a lot of sense. I decided to be unapologetic and do what I love which is to see many young girls get equal opportunities to play football.

with this I’ve decided to run a Women’s Football Workshop and it’s my first time as well. A bit nervous but done this a number of times and my confidence has grown in the last 6-7years into something amazing that I hope my parents will be proud of as well

Here is a link to the programme and bios of all the speakers during the event that’s taking place on the January 10th 2019 at Mackinnon Suits.

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hope you don’t be too critical with me on the mistakes 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday

My Today

’Am going to follow their footsteps and become even a greater woman in the world and I believe that because it’s my dream.’

Today I was going to the airport and was late , but for once in a very long time I had a driver dropping me who cared about me . Usually I just drive and park by the airport or I get a taxi but today he even got to push two of my big suitcases to departure .

He was so calm , about the same height as me but slightly taller and very nice black hair. I don’t even remember when I last looked into someone’s eyes directly and didn’t wanna stop. To say the least, the best ride I’ve had with a person in “decades”. Closing this chapter, I never got to say goodbye to him when we reached the airport as was rushing in order not to miss my flight.

On board, I was sandwiched between two Chinese women . One of them extremely talented ohh God! She was using this photoshop app like I’ve never seen before. She made it all seem easy and reminded me of how I’ve struggled to learn using it 🙂 . I was staring at her secretly but non stop. Could today’s flight get any better? Away from her my eyes were loitering around uncontrollably to all other screens of passengers in-front of me. Then I realised how I haven’t focused for the last 7months . I have had things to deal with but with a very busy schedule and haven’t felt love that I deserve. I have Buried myself in my football and projects that I forgot myself.

I have missed home! Missed my parents and feels like I left home a decade ago . This holiday I have two events but am determined to rest my body and get mentally and emotionally fine. People talk about mental health but I thought I had got to that point where I was straining because I was missing the people I love. Now let me go home spend time with my pole dad and busy mother. Am going to follow their footsteps and become a greater woman in the world and I believe that because it’s my dream.