SCORING TO THE NET OF THE VCT CENTRE
Statistics show that soccer in Kenya is the sport that matters. Every town has a team. Players are heroes and role models. Simply arriving at a dusty field with a soccer ball wins instant friendships. The global soccer community has a responsibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We lead this effort, using the power and popularity of the game, to teach girls and boys aged 13-18 years about HIV/AIDS awareness and critical life skills.
KICK N TEST VCT SOCCER TOURNAMENT
On 4th April 2009, Vijana Amani Pamoja - VAP (former CASL) went a notch higher by hosting a Kick N Test VCT soccer tournament. An exciting day of football, voluntary counseling and testing - VCT and grassroot soccer activities. The tournament was organized under the theme of “jijue” (Swahilli language, means ‘Know yourself’). A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18 years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi converged at Bahati Community centre in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side street football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned Kick N Test champions.
AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD
What made this tournament special? The teams did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also for participating in the Grassroot Soccer activities and VCT over the course of the day. In the event of a tie, these extra points were more important than the points from a match. Out of 120 participants 65 youth were tested and every youth/player that was tested walked out with a t-shirt plus a bonus point to his/her team.
One player from each age group was chosen as Soccer Champion, based on his/her performance in the tournament, and one as Spirit Champion, based on his/her enthusiasm in the Grassroot Soccer activities.
Following the success and the out-come of this first tournament hosted by VAP ever, we are focused and determined to leave no stone unturned and take every soccer opportunity to fight HIV/AIDS amongst our community. VAP is hoping to organize more of this tournaments and it is now seeking more financial support from donors and well wisher from all the walks of the world.