Project #9175

Slums to Schools, creating success in Kathmandu

by The Mountain Fund
May 21, 2012

Possible Soccer Team?

Unpacking the bags of donated gear
Unpacking the bags of donated gear

A recent volunteer in Nepal brought along two bags full of soccer gear that had been donated by her college in the US. The kids at Koseli love soccer. Soccer is the most popular game in Nepal so the kids were excited about the gear and immediately organized and impromptu match between themselves and our volunteer. 

We hope to gather more equipment in the future and get some volunteer soccer coaches to join us in forming a real team (or two) at Koseli. There's a vacant lot not far from the school where we could play a game. 

I found this quote that is applicable to soccer and Koseli.

It's not called "the beautiful game" for nothing, you know.

Soccer is a sport that combines so many positive attributes into one activity that it's hard to list them all.

First, it's accessible, regardless of the players' status in society. As organized sports go, it's relatively cheap, and many of the game's brightest stars have risen from very humble roots. Think of Pele. Think of Zinedine Zidane. Unlike American football or ice hockey, for example, the equipment required is very basic and registration costs are low. Some professional players actually started out as children kicking around balls of rags on dusty village squares. It's a game that can be played by everyone.

(from, author Renato Zane) 

Dressed for the match
Dressed for the match
Game on
Game on
quick moves
quick moves
Bend it like Beckham
Bend it like Beckham
Any challengers?
Any challengers?

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The Mountain Fund

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Scott MacLennan
International Director
Albuquerque, NM United States

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