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El Cambio Academy

Thomas Thor founded El Cambio Academy in Uganda in 2016. His dream was to create an environment that helps young people gain access to a better life through the power of football and education. In the long run, he seeks to create role models who can inspire their peers, family members and those who meet them.
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About ECA

ECA is a football academy located in Masaka, Uganda, that plans to change young people lives by providing professional football coaching and education, for both boys and girls. 

Their goal is for the children to become future African role models so that they can inspire, support and help others who have not been given the same opportunities. 

ECA currently counts 24 athletes at their academy. All the kids have been recruited according to a recruitment program, which focuses on their academic abilities, football skills and character.

Most imporantly, their athletes are granted an 8-year scholarship, which gives them the opportunity to be part of an elite football environment with a world-class education and development program.



"We use football as a tool to make a long-term social difference in Uganda.

When our athletes become part of our academy in Masaka, they become part of an elite environment that focuses on more than just football.

We strive to build strong grades and give them more opportunities through our focus on education. "



"We are incredibly proud of the academy's journey. We constantly want to evolve and always strive to take El Cambio Academy to new heights.

Our goal is to continue to dream big and work harder so that we can expand the influence our organization has on African society. We want to help more children reach their full potential.


Watch the video below to hear Thomas' thoughts.



Our collaboration: MI x ECA

When we started our collaboration with El Cambio Academy, we quickly realized how similar our values really were.

In different ways, both ECA and Make Influence work with people who live to inspire, share their story and spread their message. When talking to Thomas, it was clear that his ultimate goal is not create football stars, but to inspire generations to come and make changes in society. We quickly figured we could learn so much from their work. 

Because of our alignment in values, we have chosen to help ECA by creating promotional content for them, as well as organising a fundraising so that they can expand and develop the academy.

Our partnership with El Cambio will kickstart in August 2021, follow our journey on our Social Media channels to stay updated.

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