I just wish to share with you a few statistics from our 2013 soccer activities
2013 marked the 9th year of annual football leagues for children and youth in Kisumu organized by KYFA. The leagues ran from April to December. These out of school competitions provided opportunity for 2815 boys and girls to • Engage in positive recreation activities at their free time out of school • Develop and showcase football talents • Learn basic life skills of teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, honesty and hard work The following figures represent some of the statistics during the season 131 teams participated 2815 players registered;2157 boys; 568 girls registered. 18 Leagues organized, 4 girls’ leagues (three U14 and one U18) 57 league committee’s officials running all competitions as volunteers 256 coaches and 53 referees involved in competitions 1015Matches played 31 Average matches per weekend Your contribution continues to go along way in sustaining these activities. Thank you again for your support to Kenyan children Kevin Obware, Programs Manager
This past Sunday, October 14th, marked the end of the 2012 KYFA Football Season. And what a fantastic celebration it was, with crowds of 500+ watching the exhibition and final matches for Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, and Under-18 Boys and Girls categories at Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground, in the heart of Kisumu. The huge canopies lining the field were filled with KYFA coaches, referees and players who had come out to support the teams. Thanks to corporate sponsors United Millers, Manji Food Industries, and Chandaria Industries, everyone was able to enjoy refreshment, while the ladies even went home with gifts of Velvex sanitary pads. Because of kind gifts from KYFA partners West Bridgford Colts (UK), coaches and team managers were able to go home with small tokens of appreciation from KYFA in the form of yellow jerseys and sporty knapsacks. KYFA also recognized the Term 2 Academic All-Stars from about 10 different clubs. By recognizing the scholastic achievement of young football players, KYFA makes it clear that players are expected to work hard not only on the pitch, but in school.
Now that the season has come to an end, KYFA staff and volunteers will focus on other activities, such as Camp KYFA (set to take place the first week fo December), and the new 'Football for WASH' programme KYFA is implementing in partnership with the Royal Dutch Football Association along with other partners in Kenya, Mozambique and Ghana. This 4-year project will bridge football activities with improvements in water access, sanitation and hygiene in public schools. What better way to teach children good behaviour than through football?!
Additionally, KYFA continues to work with the Kenya Community Development Foundation to implement sports and mentorship programmes for the girl-child and children with mental disabilities. In only 6 months of this project, KYFA has seen very positive behaviour changes amongst the female adolescent football players, as well as a shift in the overall attitude towards pupils in the public school special needs units.
Being a part of KYFA as a staff and volunteer is truly inspirational - every day, we are surrounded by stories of children who are transformed through sports. Thank you to all of you for helping us to be part of it.
Thanks so much for taking the time to know more about what has been happening with KYFA! There is so much to tell our friends, so where do I begin?
First, KYFA successfully hosted its 4th annual Ladies Nationwide Tournament, this year being sponsored by the Kenya Community Development Foundation. Just imagine 350 girls coming from all over Kenya to stay in one place for three days and nights, listening to motivational speakers, engaging in personal development activities, and of course competing in soccer matches during the day! What an experience! It was fantastic! We congratulate the winners of the tournament, Victoria FC in the U-15 Category and Ibinzo Girls in the Free Age category, for their victories!
We launched our new Girls Mentorship programme shortly after the tournament, working with 20 KYFA girls teams. Each team has a mentor - a female role model - who spends time with the team twice a month, discussing topics that are relative to them, including sex, relationships, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, poverty, etc. We are happy to hear that the girls are opening up to the mentors and sharing with them honestly. In the end, we hope to see that girls make better decisions for their lives so that they can achieve their personal goals.
In May, we welcomed our friends from Coaches Across Continents who spent nearly two weeks in Kisumu running coaching sessions for our local coaches. The drills were fun but also technique-building for the teams. It was a great opportunity for local coaches to remember how to make drills fun, while also incorporating life skills topics into them.
During June we had the opportunity to send a select team of Under-13 boys to the East Africa Cup, held in Moshi, Tanzania. The boys were selected through a series of trials from many KYFA teams, coming down to the best 12 players in the age category. After intense fundraising by our office to cater for their transportation, the boys left for Moshi. In KYFA's first international tournament ever, the team made us extremely proud, never having conceded a single goal during normal playing time. They advanced all the way to the Semi-finals and only lost during penalty shootouts. It was a wonderful experience for them to play against teams from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, especially since these boys had never travelled out of the country before.
We held our Annual Sports Day for Children with Special Needs on July 5th, 2012. It was a wonderful event with 12 schools sending 161 mentally-challenged children to participate in a day of football and races. Thanks to the KCDF for their support.
We were also grateful to host a fantastic group of volunteers from the West Bridgford Colts FC, based in Nottingham UK. For 12 days, the 37 volunteers from age 8 to their 50s engaged in heavy-duty physical labour at various fields in Kisumu. They planted 450 trees on two fields, installed 5 pairs of goalposts, completed rehabilitated 2 fields, and started work at another. They also brought more than 50 huge duffel bags of donations for KYFA! In the evenings, the UK players held friendly matches with KYFA's local teams and distributed sets of uniforms. Thank you, West Bridgford Colts!
Now, we are coming up to the 2nd leg of our season. Our 17 leagues have been running smoothly - all teams are getting ready for the Championships in early October.
Additionally, we have launched a new programme in collaboration with the Royal Dutch Football Association and other national partners called "Football For WASH". This is a 4-year project using football as an entry point to educate schools on sanitation and hygiene. Each of the 240 schools involved in Kenya will receive football trainings, equipment, field improvements, and WASH infrastructure.This is so important because most schools in Kenya have very poor toilet facilities and little access to clean water.
Thanks for reading about our activities and please feel free to donate to our cause!
Dear Friends of KYFA -
There is a lot of excitement right now in Kisumu Youth Football Association! Of course, the players and coaches are happy to have started the 2012 soccer season, after a 5-month break from the leagues. So far, we have registered about 2,500 kids 50 clubs in 17 different leagues throughout Kisumu municipality!
But what is causing most of the stir is our new project with United Millers, a large local business which is providing sponsorship to KYFA in exchange for tree-planting. For every tree that a KYFA player plants, United Millers will make a donation towards our competitions costs. (It costs about $30,000 to run soccer leagues for 3,000 kids for one year.) KYFA's goal is to plant at least 10,000 trees by the end of the year in partnership with United Millers
Our first team to kick-off the tree-planting was Powerboys FC Under-12 team, based in Nyalenda slums, who planted 482 trees at two public schools in February. The team linked up with the school management to ensure that every tree is taken care of by one student, who is responsible for watering and protecting the tree. The team planted a variety of species, including Ficus, Gravilia and Pine, and later began cleaning up some of the rubbish in one of the school compounds.
This month, 45 of our clubs are planting the remaining trees in about 75 schools and clinics throughout Kisumu. What a great way for the clubs to give back to the community.
This is just one of many programmes that KYFA runs to ensure that our young football players grow up to be responsible citizens. We believe football is a powerful tool for social change amongst young people, and we appreciate the fact that United Millers is supporting us in this endeavor.
We are also pleased to have the support of Chandaria Industries on-board with our ladies league for the second year. All 400 girls who participate in the KYFA girls leagues receive monthly supplies of sanitary pads, thanks to Chandaria. The girls teams who do not have uniforms also receive a set of t-shirts to wear during the season.
While it's wonderful to have the support of local businesses in supporting our programmes, we still need assistance from people like you to fill the gaps in our budget. Every little bit makes a difference, whether it is providing a team with a ball, or giving a league a first aid kit, etc. We have seen the difference that football makes in the lives of these children, and that's why we continue to give 100 % of our time and energy to Kisumu Youth Football Association!
Many thanks and stay tuned for more updates!
What a fantastic year we had at KYFA! We celebrate the wonderful work that was carried out during 2011 by our 3,000 players, 120 coaches, 40 referees, and 7 staff. 120 team captains were trained on leadership and decision-making in the IDM Programme. 30 team representatives were trained on Sports Injury Management. 150 student-players were recognized for their scholastic achievement in the Academic All-Star Programme. 30 young children participated in the new Kids Can Kick programme. 140 children participated in Camp KYFA during August and December. 20 teams participated in the 3-day KYFA Ladies Nationwide Tournament. 10 teams participated in the Play for Peace Tournament (combining girls, boys and children with mental disabilities on the same team). 120 children with disabilities participated in the KYFA Special Needs Tournament. KYFA supervised improvements to 6 football fields, 2 of which involved major overhauls of the field. We sent 2 players to the East Africa Cup, and 8 players to trials for the Western Stima U-19 professional team. And, 400 girl players received monthly supplies of sanitary pads, thanks to our partnership with Chandaria Industries (makers of Velvex).
We finished the season with a big bang during the 2011 Championships, held at Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground on October 16th. More than 1000 came to watch the 7 final matches that took place in each of our age categories. What a fantastic day!
We would like to thank all of you who have supported us this year, and we hope that you will continue to help us as we begin a new season of youth football in Kisumu!
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