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!”
Happy new year!!!
You have been a blessing to TYSA over the year! Your continued support has ensured that we grow to reach out to the vulnerable children and youth. You have also supported our Organizational Development and strengthned our management system. On 28th December 2013, TYSA elected a new board for the next 3 years. This is a big milestone to the development and ownership of TYSA.
TYSA has grow from a Community Based OrganizationIam status to Non Governmental Organziation thus increasing its operation mandate. Our outreach now covers over 5 counties.
The new TYSA board is a demonstration of our desire to continually embrace democratic princples and diversity. We believe in making TYSA a truly grassroot organziation that is owned by the community where we work.
We take this opportunity to thank you once agian for your continued support to strentgthen TYSA management. We have scheduled a Strategy Orientation workshop for TYSA board members on 24th to 26th January.
Join us as we lookfoward into a strengthned TYSA board!
Value Based Football Unlocks Children’s PotentialThe children had an opportunity to learn the values of football, life skills through various games and plays. Children en-joyed the sessions especially the games and plays we demonstrated to them. We made their physical education enjoyable and interactive.
Children complemented that this games and plays opened their minds making them to concentrate in class and come to school always. This has made those children who don't want to come in school often to love school. Through the project we have discovered many talents from the four primary schools.
Children have shown their talents through the various activities of value based football. Others are good players, leaders and coaches. They have become a source of inspiration to other children in school and even in their homes. For example Daniel Kipruto is a talented footballer who aspires to play in future in the national team. Over 300 children participated in this weekly program in schools
'I never believed when i reached Moshi Tanzania.It was my first time to leave my small village to travel that far. I experienced great moments as we went through from Kitale, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nairobi, Loitoktok and finally Moshi.We enjoyed so much as we learnt more than what we learn in class. I saw different vegetations and different economic activities.'' Kelly, Captain of the under 13 team.
TYSA under 13 boys played their games at Moshi Technical school ground. TYSA played against Msimamo youth from Tanzania ,then later played with Buguruni which ,the following day we played against MYSA from Kenya.Therefore in our pool we finished number four (4) whereby we got a chance to play for best losers quarters finals through semi-finals. Each player in the team played their role well in terms of discipline, time management, attending seminars and many others activities done in East Africa cup 2013.
We have attached detailed report for you.
Keeping contacts a Live
Last year 2012 in October, at the first ever East Africa Streetworldworld forum in Kigali Rwanda, Gichuki and Ojilo from TYSA meet Sara and Katy from Soccer Without Border (SWB) Uganda. These interactions created opportunity for greater understand about what organizations are doing in the region. As a follow up to this spirit, Gichuki from Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2012 visited SWB and Whizzkids for an exchange learning. Early this year in January, 10 young leaders form TYSA were hosted by SWB during its annual festival in Kampala.
Katy and Sara who are volunteers at SWB Uganda on 25th to 28th March 2013 visited by TYSA for an exchange learning. After two days at TYSA, they had this Lasting Impressions:
We are very impressed with TYSA approach to its beneficiaries and partners especially the schools. We participated in one of the secondary schools parents and students meeting. It’s here that TYSA shares its experiences with the parents
We have learnt how TYSA trains young leaders in different skills in order to take lead in the implementation of the activities. This is particularly important as it ensures sustainability of the organization and programs.
We are impressed by the fact that distance is not a barrier to TYSA outreach activities. We covered over 100 kilometers in a day
TYSA has built a strong trust with schools. We received warm welcome from the teachers and students. I could not believe that students follow instructions on the spot without delays and they enjoy every moment of the activity
It’s amazing how TYSA uses simple innovative storytelling to evaluate it impact in the community and its beneficiaries
We have crossed the border and heading to Mbale. Thank you for everything. Your work is truly inspiring. Talk soon. Sara and Katy
For the two days Katy and Sara were with us, they had an opportunity to visit our beneficiaries and interact with them. These interactions rekindled memories of the past , opened new opportunities and lessons learnt;
Small but Big
When I was in nursery school, I learnt a game which I still played while in the university. I was impressed to find that TYSA is using the same game with children in the remote rural schools. Katy. This game is called on the river on the shore. This game improves the children’s listening, thinking and jumping skills. This game was used during the several activities contacted in schools that were visited.
A sloppy pitch
The St. Teresa’s form two students raised so many challenges affecting theme during the parents meeting. Katy and Sara listened attentively and through translations from Kiswahili to English, they understood the challenges facing the students. When the school management gave them opportunity to address the parents and students, Katy came in handy and shared this analogy. As footballer, you find a sloppy pitch and you have to play for 90 minutes on it. What would you do! Would you start leveling the pitch! Would you quit! The wayfoward is to adjust yourself to the pitch and achieve your goal. You must know how to balance in this pitch and what gears to put on. This confirmed what TYSA motto is: play, Learn and Act.
Control Ball ; Control Life
While in Uganda last November, Gichuki advised the children at SWB that if they can control a ball, they can control their lives. This was echoed by Sara and Katy to the students of St. Teresa’s Secondary school Tartar in West Pokot. It’s amazing how the girls are ambitious in life. They are talented in football. They are the Kenya champions 2012! TYSA has strong conviction and program on how to translate the skills and values gained in the pitch to normal ordinary lives of the beneficiaries.
Let Me Play
Learning almost came to a standstill in all the schools that we had games. Children came running to the field of play. Their eyes bright radiating enthusiasm and hope. Every play moment was highly participative. When the bell rung for them to go back to class, they were very sad and urged us to continue at for some extra minutes. Even the children from other classes were eager to join the games.
We have crossed the border and heading to Mbale. Thanks you for everything. Your work is truly inspiring. Talk soon. Sara and Katy
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