HUGS is a registered charity (1098176, Charity Unique Code QAQ87ZG) which stands for Helping Uganda Schools. It began in 1995 when a group of friends in Stockport decided to see if they could raise enough funding to put 15 Ugandan orphans through school.

By 1997 that group of friends had multiplied in number and the idea grew, with the aim being to help build a school in a rural area, about four hours from the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

Four years later that school, St Zoe’s Day and Boarding Primary opened and it has since gone from strength to strength. Today it helps educate more than 450 children, delivering some of the best exam results in the region.

HUGS and Sport

HUGS trustee & HQ Director of Sport Matt Houghton has seen at first hand the enthusiasm and ability St Zoe’s pupils have for sport, and has played a key part in the successful scheme in which UK youngsters donated football kits through HQ, to be taken to the children in Uganda.

He said: “The pupils at St Zoe’s have been all been presented with modern football shirts from England, that were donated by the primary schools in Merseyside and Cheshire. This part of the project gives these pupil’s encouragement and aspiration that one day they could play football in England just like their hero’s.

For many children in Uganda taking part in sport is difficult because they do not have the correct equipment or they cannot be spared from the family chores. Often, the schools do not have the land for sports, such as football and this means the children play sport in their neighbourhood streets with minimal equipment and resources.

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Every year HQ host a football festival weekend to raise funds for HUGS. Over the course of this weekend we will play in three charity football matches in which every participants will raise money through sponsorship. This will begin with a mac thon a Friday evening.

On the Saturday morning a team will travel to one of our coaches hometowns in Northern Ireland and play against a local amateur league side Killyleagh YC. After having food and refreshments in the clubhouse, the team are back on the mini bus and off to the George best Airport to travel home for the final day.

On the Sunday we host our final football match against the cast of channels 4’s Holyoaks. On this day we will have 200+ paying spectators coming along to see the stars and enjoy all of our fun activities and food that we provide. This is an action packed family fun day for all to enjoy.