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.
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