Our decision to reposition and redirect the club’s ownership and governance
structure is a firm foundation for generations to come.
“In 1975, we started a football club composed of boys in the areas of Nakivubo but little did we know that we were giving birth to the most successful club in the history of Ugandan Football. We are here today to witness history and also inform our people, fans and the general public that Sports Club Villa hereby becomes the first modern-day Community Football Club in Uganda.” Statement of the founding members.
Sports Club Villa, Runners Up of the CAF Club Champions Cup, Runners Up of CAF Confederations Cup, 3-times CECAFA Club Champions, 16-times Uganda League Champions and 9-times Uganda Cup Holders, has gone through a trying period since 2004.
In July 2018, Sports Club Villa was faced with three (3) major challenges;
1) Sporting Continuity
2) Contested Ownership
3) Lack of proper Governance
An interim committee was constituted, headed by Eng. William Nkemba, to address these three (3) major Challenges.
The Committee is here to report the fundamental progress on the tasks assigned and also to announce the future of the Club.
Starting with a club without players, efforts have been made to ensure that the club remains sportingly a going-concern. In the 2019/20 season, Sports Club Villa did not only compete to win the Uganda premier League but once again contributed players to the Uganda Cranes. It was fundamental to ensure that the club continues to exist sportingly.
Who Owns Sports Club Villa?
Sports Club Villa was created in 1975 as Nakivubo Villa, it was later transformed into Sports Club Villa. The Club earned promotion to the Uganda top football league in 1979 and has since never been relegated.
Whereas there have been many well-intended efforts to streamline the ownership of Sports Club Villa, nothing came close to solving the challenge.
Today we introduce and announce the Villa Members Trust as the Owners of Sports Club Villa.
What is Villa Members Trust?
Villa Members Trust is incorporated under the Trustee Incorporation Act (CAP 165) as a body corporate. The Board of Trustees shall be the custodians of the Villa Members Trust.
The Villa Members Trust shall be composed of Sports Club Villa fans who shall have paid annual membership subscription fees of 50,000 UGX. The Members of the Villa Members Trust shall be entitled to;
● 1 (One) Vote for the Sports Club Villa President once every four (4) years.
● 1 (One) Individual Season Ticket per season of full subscription.
The current and future fixed assets of Sports Club Villa shall be owned by the Villa Members Trust.
The Villa Members Trust Membership registration shall be officially launched on 30th October 2020 and closed on 31st December 2020 for the season 2020/21.
How will Sports Club Villa be governed?
Going forward, Sports Club Villa shall be governed through the Club Statutes and by the following structures;
1) The Club Congress (120 Persons) that shall be the legislative body of the club composed of paid up Villa Trust Members.
2) The Club Executive Board (11 Persons) that shall be the executive body of the club composed of paid up Club Congress Members.
3) The Club President (1 Person) that shall be elected every four (4) years by the Villa Members Trust Members, chair the Club Congress and Club Executive Board and together with the board, supervise the Club Secretariat.
4) The Club CEO employed on contract, who shall head the Club Secretariat and whose role will be the day-to-day running of the club, supported by other administrative and technical staff.
“The pleasing part is that the Interim Committee has managed to restore the upward sporting trajectory of the club finishing third in the 2019/2020 season, solved the ownership challenges, put in a place a governance structure for the club’s posterity and also acquired an office for the club on a six-year-lease. ” said Nkemba.