It has been a very exciting 2011 season at KYFA since we commenced this year's leagues in March. The level of football that has been played has been outstanding, especially in the younger age categories such as Under-10 and Under-12. It's also been a joy to see the Ladies Under-14 and Under-18 teams come to their matches with so much enthusiasm and energy. Thanks to Chandaria Industries,a Nairobi-based company, the girls receive a monthly supply of sanitary pads when they come for matches. But there is much more to KYFA than what goes on during the 50-minute matches. As a sports-for-development organization, KYFA uses football to bring about social change in a city that is known for poverty, poor waste management, and congestion. Several KYFA teams have been taking the time to clean up their environment. For example, Obunga Babes FC - a team based in Kisumu's worst slum - has been collecting discarded plastic bags, washing/drying them and cutting them up to stuff them into mattress covers. They then sell the mattresses to people in their community, thereby helping the football club to travel to their matches. Other teams such as Atlentico Stars, Soccer for Life and Covenant Academy recently participated in a tree-planting exercise at Nanga Primary School. They were joined there by special visitors Johan van Geijn and Hans Streudering from the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), who had come to visit KYFA and see projects with their own eyes. For the first time every, KYFA hosted a week-long camp for children ages 5-10. Camp KYFA gave nearly 100 kids the opportunity to learn football skills, dance, and make arts and crafts. KYFA is especially grateful to our four American volunteers Ashley, Azaria, Tori and Amanda for making the camp so much fun. From August 19th to 21st, KYFA hosted its annual Ladies Nationwide Tournament, which attracted 20 teams from all over Kenya. After 3 grueling days of very competitive matches, Victoria FC from Karachuonyo emerged as the winners for both the Under-15 and Free Age categories. KYFA was especially happy to see one of its own team, Port Florence FC, emerge in 2nd place in the Under-15 category. We are especially grateful to United Millers for donating bread for all 3 days of the tournament. As the season approaches the Championships, which will take place on October 16th, we at KYFA are proud to look at what this year has brought, and eagerly awaiting the 2012 season. Thank you to all those who have supported us and continue to think of KYFA in their charitable giving plans!
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