Participants of VAP’s Double Club program in Kiambio and Jericho areas of Nairobi had a footie smiling reason when they received football gears donated by Arsenal football club. Kiambio and Jericho participants are the first batch of double club participants to ever graduate through double club program that fuses education and literacy through football. The Arsenal kits recipients, whom majorities are under 12, will use the gears in their junior football leagues. Through the unwavering commitment and support from a handful of VAP’s dedicated coaches, Double club program continues to gain grounds and popularity in various communities as well as being mainstreamed in VAP’s programs."Since i started participating in Double Club program,i have improved my english grammar and my writings with correct spellings have improved as well as my basic football skills." Said 14 year old Juma from Jericho centre.
Mrembo football club being an off shoot of VAP originated from the ribs of Mrembo program (a program that addresses sexual health reproductive issues amongst girls).The team comprises of 40 girls aged between 10-15 years old who train at Kiambio grounds under master coach Everlyn Anyango.Despite training for various tournaments and leagues within Nairobi, the team also serves as an avenue for safe spaces where players and coaches can talk candidly,think,and make decision about issues affecting girl child. Due to the initial success of Mrembo FC and the urge of empowering girls participation in sports, VAP has emerged with four more Mrembo football chapters namely: Undugu, Crescent, Goodwill and Golden Bridge where the same opportunity is provided. All the chapters have been assigned with one Mrembo coach who doubles up as lifeskills/football coach
Coach of the Month
Having the DNA of a sports family background, 25 year old coach Evelyn has been very instrumental in her responsibilities both as a life skill coach and a football coach. She has a vast coaching experience coaching various institutions and community centres. Evelyn who is in charge of Mrembo FC, Kiambio chapter, spends her morning hours of the day in VAP’s ground office, serving the community members who stream in either for counseling or referral advice. In the evenings she leads her Mrembo team in football practices and winds up with group discussions talking about critical issues engulfing the girl child.
Women Win Visits VAP
On 24th July 2014 VAP was privileged to welcome Yvonne from Women Win who had paid a courtesy call to VAP offices. Yvonne was in Kenya visiting various Women Win supported projects .She had an opportunity to meet with VAP’s Mrembo coaches during their monthly monitoring and evaluation meeting, and was taken through the monitoring and evaluation systems by Boniface, VAP’s M&E mogul. Women Win has been a great partner to VAP and it has been supporting VAP’s programs specifically Mrembo program and Salon vocational trainings.
Through Kenya Sports for Development Partnership (KSDP) under the initiative of “Women empowerment through sports” VAP was engaged as a mentor organization to Society Empowerment Project (SEP) in Homa-Bay county. This was a follow up of the women empowerment workshop organized by KSDP where VAP was one of the organizations that attended. The two days exchange program event that took place on 26th and 27th of July was conducted by VAP’s experienced master coach Anne who covered a myriad of topics including: leadership and mentorship, sports for development, adolescent, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS etc.Anne also mentored and built the capacity of Joan, a young leader from SEP who would as well trickle down the ripple effect.
With the world cup 2014 dust having settled down and the crowning of Germany as the world champions, VAP on the other side was very busy taking advantage of the one month high voltage world cup football fever by fully utilizing the popularity and the power of the game by delivering its football related programs in new schools. The football for hope logos on the t-shirts of VAP coaches and balls used on these programs created a lot of attention to these set of new participants as the same logos were on every team player of the world cup participating teams. At some point VAP were in a position to explain to the participants and the teachers about football for hope being a unique and global movement programme that uses the power of football to achieve sustainable social development of which VAP is part of the ambassadors. This explanation was characterized by the mentioning of the 20th anniversary of the late Pablo Escobar former Colombian national team captain who was shot due to an own goal in 1994 world cup. Pablo is the original inspiration of streetfootballworld that initially formed (Football For Hope), a strategic alliance between FIFA and streetfootballworld. The participants accepted and absorbed the concept that football carries a dynamic power to change the world for the better.”Football is a massive religion that can be easily used to change lives.”Said Mr. Shivaki a teacher at NPC high school.