FOOTBALL COACHING COURSEThe sessions which started at 9:00am to 1:00pm daily for 5 days began with warm ups which involved dribbling, running and passing balls between player’s, and small sided life skill games, with different thematic issues affecting communities leaving in Trans Nzoia county.
Before the start the participants highlighted the issues they face in Trans-Nzoia and what they would like to learn . Some of the issues included child labor, neglect, early marriage, lack of education, alcohol and drug abuse, lack of career opportunities, negative peer pressure, and malnutrition. A major part of the week was spent playing games that focused on leadership, voice, education, identifying and creating safe spaces, and complete health and wellness.Off-field sessions were held in the school hall where the participants took notes and asked questions about the sessions that they were now able to teach.
The participants gained more confidence, voice, and leadership skills after playing the Circle of Friends, doing different skills, and also they got an opportunity to teach back what they had learned to the younger participants, and clearly deliver social impact messages.The participants declared to fight for their rights and child rights, and to protect and never abuse children. This was the bill of rights and child protection session .
Safe Spaces Tag was one of the best games talking about space spaces when home was not a safe space for everyone. Women empowerment activities were superb with girls now having a voice to ask for their rights and room in sporting activities, careers and other opportunities. Health games also worked well for both genders and participants were able to talk about their bodies during Hygiene Tag.
The participants graduated and have now joined to educate more people on football for social impact
The UN sport for development day is a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate achievement made by sports in bringing development to the communities. This day is to be celebrated every year on the sixth of April starting from the year 2014.TYSA being a sport for development organization decided to celebrate this day on Friday 4th April 2014 at Barmalel primary. This is because TYSA works with schools and bringing together the pupils on Sunday sixth would be a challenge.
Barmalel primary is a school in Kenya, Trans-Nzoia County a cosmopolitan with a population of 580 pupils distributed across the classes from E.C.D (Early Childhood Education) to class eight. The day was celebrated with the pupils through engaging in small sided games and value based football. This was done through clustering the pupils into groups and assigning two TYSA members per group. This was to help pupils interact more and the TYSA members to monitor closely what was happening. The groups comprised of classes, ECD, 1, 2 and 3 as group1, 4 and 6 as group 2,5 and 7 as group 3 and class eight as group 4.
Through the small sided games, the pupils were able to have fun and learn more. They were able to concentrate through the different games that were introduced and were very eager to learn new games. Irrespective of their different tribes and status, they were able to hold hands and play together. Introducing the 5 sided football match was the climax of the day where at least 400 pupils were able to participate. In different groups, teams played against each other without referees and the pupils were able to control the matches themselves as they had fun. They selected the best teams in their different groups. These teams integrated with both boys and girls and all the pupils had a great time. The TYSA members were able to play with the integrated pupils’ team and this made the participation more enjoyable and fun.
In conclusion, the day was full of fun and learning according to Sarah a class 3 pupil.
At times, said a wise man, to see the bright stars in the sky, one must descend to the bottom of the well. In the same line, I dare say, to visualise the journey ahead for TYSA, one must go back to its humble origins. We started the journey with just 6 founder members and 6 beneficiaries in 2001/2002 to a membership of 15 and serving well over 5,000 children and youth annually.
This is a journey I know all too well as one of the founders. In this inaugural annual report, TYSA shares its model of transformation, impact reports and inspiring stories from our beneficiaries. The year 2013 was a transitional year in our organisation and indeed the country. The organisation developed its new strategic plan and welcomed a new Board of Directors. Kenya also carried peaceful, albeit tense, elections. As an organisation working with young people – a constituency that is usually vulnerable to manipulation and incitement in political processes – TYSA played its part in reinforcing the fabrics of community unity in the areas that we serve.
Under our leadership and youth development programme, we engaged youth and inspired them to participate constructively in the electoral process. We also educated them on the values and traits of a good leader. These interventions, we believe, contributed in the realization of peaceful elections in the counties that we serve. Under the sports for development programme, TYSA worked with likeminded partners to infuse sports in the nurturing and moulding of youth to be responsible citizens. As an endorsement of our model and interventions, FIFA supported TYSA to implement a programme known as Football for Hope in Schools. This programme yielded encouraging results. Children were more active and focus and motivated to remain in schools. This reduced abseentism rates in these schools. Encouragingly, these schools have recorded improved academic performance in the classes where the programme targeted. So successful was this programme that from a shortlist of over 100 organisations, TYSA was selected to represent East Africa in the FIFA Worldcup in Brazil in 2014.
To add to that, under the Child Protection Programme, TYSA continued to advocate and support efforts aimed at ensuring the safety of children. At the heart of this programme is the conviction that safe and secure children have a better future. The organisation worked with communities across Trans nzoia County to create awareness on the rights of children. TYSA also created a network of advocates who have become pivotal in reporting cases of violation of children’s rights. It is in recognition of the need to mould all-rounded children, TYSA worked with schools across Trans nzoia County to create a healthy learning environment for children as well as equip them with life skills. In the past year, for instance, TYSA organized over 1,000 football sessions in 30 schools in Cherangani sub-county.
Like any other organisation serving the youth in Africa, TYSA has to confront the challenge of the youth bulge in its area ofoperation. This phenomenon has been characterised by a situation where there is a critical population of young people in the county more than any other age cohort. Left unaddressed, this phenomenon will lead to high rates of youth unemployment, frustration, unrest and tension. When the opportunities that it portends are tapped such as youth energy and creativity, countries develop faster. We shall continue to engage and advise the government at the county and national level on how to deal with the phenomenon. This, we are convinced, will be critical in fostering a cohesive and stable country.
TYSA TRANSFORMED ME. GEORGE WAWERU
I joined TYSA about 10 years ago while in primary school and I have grown while in TYSA until I have completed my secondary education this last year 2013. TYSA has really supported me as a beneficiary in terms of school fees and exposure opportunities.
In 2007/2008 I was much involved in peace building mission in different parts of the country which was much affected by the clashes. We visited an IDP camp in Kachibora and used football as a unifying factor which helped us bring young people together from diverse communities. TYSA provides a safe space for playing and interacting which greatly helped got reduce tension in the community. This was my moment that I cannot forget easily.
I also recall a day we played Streetfootball at kachibora which also brought people together hence creating peace. Among them, TYSA also motivated us during our primary days by organizing an educational day to award those who performed better in academic hence made us work hard so that we can be motivated next time.
In my secondary education, TYSA has played a key role to ensure that I have gone through my high school education. Thanks to the education programme that introduced the award scheme programme which facilitated the paying of my school fees.
My greatest moment in life comes when I was in form two when I attended the East African tournament in moshi Tanzania my first time to go out of the country. The exposure was great to me and it opened up my mind and made me work extra hard. I can recall a time when I was in form three when I attended a science congress at Loitoktok for a week and when I was back at school, I stayed for another one week and also attended a tournament in Tanzania, for a week again but surprisingly I managed to be position two in our class. People saw the trips as a waste of time but it had great impacts in my high school education because whenever I was back I could be much settled and became more serious to recover the days I was out. TYSA made my high school life smooth and enjoyable.
Football3 – a different kind of football
The focal point of both festivals was football3, a method created by the streetfootballworld network that has been proven to help in promoting conflict resolution, gender equality and youth leadership. The main event of both festivals was a two-day football tournament, in which all matches were played according to the rules of football3: no referees, mixed gender teams, and a designated ‘third half’, where players have a chance to talk about their behaviour on the pitch.
Many streetfootballworld network members use the football3 approach in their daily programmes at home, using the designated discussion time to talk about issues affecting the players and their communities. “After we play a match, we discuss and reflect on how the match was played and how it is connected to what is happening in the community,” explains Francis Ojilo, Football for Development Officer and Head Coach at TYSA.
“What I like best about football3 is that players are involved in making the rules,” says Josphat Oyamo, a young leader from Carolina for Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. “I also really like the fairness and fair play aspect. In normal football, there are insults, bad tackles, and quarrelling between players; in football3, fairness leads everything.”
Although football3 is used widely within the global streetfootballworld network, it is not used by all. The football3 tournaments gave network members a better idea of what the methodology is all about, and illustrated why it is such an effective tool for promoting both peace and gender equality. For participants such as Jean-Paul from CJP – a new member in the streetfootballworld network – the festival was a chance to see football3 in practice for the first time: “We are looking forward to implementing it in our community!”
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