Every year we organize a soccer tournament that engages the junior and senior team categories in a competitive soccer tournament. The main aim is to keep everyone busy is a meaningful and fun way during the festive season. This year’s theme is creating safe space through soccer, and through this environment, we believe young people will engage in soccer activities as a way building a safer community while avoiding idleness, drug abuse among other vices.
We call upon all the well wishers to come on board and help us run a successful tournament. We require soccer shoes, balls, uniforms and other facilitation costs. Feel free to get in touch with me in case you have any type of support. Imagine if you donate a ball, how many children will get to play it and for how long? There’s nothing that is small!
This is all for now, wish us luck!
Mathare North Rangers Football Club is an initiative of Wilsen initiative (Wi) under soccer for hope and development. We use soccer to tackle issues affecting young people from drug abuse, unemployment, peer pressure etc.
It is now 8 years since we established our community club to support youth pursue and develop their talents into the next level while they learn other fundamental life skills.
We advocate for soccer initiative, education and employment (employability) amongst our players. We envisage a society where young people become peace ambassadors, role model and development champion in our society through the use of their talents and skills.
Part of our rebranding strategy is launching our second T-shirt and new logo. The T-shirt will be available for purchase at Kes 500 and the proceeds received after production cost will go to the clubs kitty to cater for transport, soccer balls and other materials.
The festive season is just around the corner and preparation is in earnest to the 7the edition of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MFSST).
The first edition was in 2011 and since the the tournament has brought together community in ushering peaceful coexisting of people especially before, during and after election. We invite well wishers to partner, donate their time and resources for a successful tournament.
Background of the tournament
During the festive season schools are closed and majority of young people idle around spending time in anything they think is necessary without a second thought and to their detriment during this period youth indulge in vices such as crime, drug abuse, endless parties just to mention but a few. The foundation of the tournament is to create a platform where youth can spend their energy and time in playing or watching grassroots soccer where they connect with each other while they get life-skills from their coaches and community leaders. Since inception in 2011 we have had a total of 16 teams participating from within M
1. Safe space for youth during the festive season.
2. Promote peaceful coexisting of people in the community.
3. Promote soccer talents
Areas you can support us;
1. Soccer balls.
3. Officiating and communication.
4. Documentary (Video and photography)
And many more…
Today we had a great opportunity to interact with grade 7 and 8 pupils at Mawewa primary school in Mathare North.
- Innovative ways of learn.
- Know YOURSELF (Johari’s window and SWOT analysis.
- Peer pressure.
At Wilsen Initiative skill-up program we use different methodologies in delivering quality content, especially using participatory learning where both the students and the teachers are open to new learning.
We are advocates for SD4; lifelong learning and quality education whereby assist the participants towards finding new creative and innovative ways of learning either as an individual or as a team. A stable country, not only is rich in the infrastructure, economic and political power they have but also on the great universal quality of life and the values upheld by its citizens that is passed deliberately to the next generations.
Curriculum in schools is rich in good content that is focused on better performance, but we need to boost what is trained in the confines of a classroom with the ever changing dynamics in the society that impacts the future career of the pupils and generally their social economic well being.
Our goal is to help the students to experience a seamless transition from students into different levels in the society despite their learning environment.
Feel free to get in touch with us for a session with your students.Our program targets both in school and out of school youth.
Should I get employed or be self employed?
This is one of the many questions we receive from the sessions we have conducted with youth groups at the community levels. In general being employed is neither easy nor tough it depends with many factors from your competences, education background, work culture, a company’s culture, personal experiences, etc. On the other hand self employment isn’t a’ cup of tea’ like it is portrayed by some well established ventures. There are great opportunities in both being employed or self employed even though it majorly depends with how you make the transitions starting with how you think or even better you can still learn how to connect both scenarios to multiply your revenue streams.
The Gap: Entry Level Jobs with a focus on ICT
There is a low uptake of youth entering the job market in positions that would offer a salary package or remuneration that would help them pivot to the next levels of their desired quality life. On the other hand, there’s a low number of job retention or upgrade to a reasonable contract that allow entry level employees to grow, save and create a stable career pathway.
Skill- UP Program: – Solution at Wilsen Initiative (Wi)
1. We train the youth on how to increase their values by learning extra skills.
2. Create diverse revenue sources and how to establish meaningful partnerships and value oriented team toward self employment opportunities.
3. How to build their desired future while still in employment venture.
4. Establishing the right transition moments before they call it quit.
5. How to start a saving culture, despite your income.
Note: Remember there are many untold stories of quitting a job; think about the how’s, when and what next. Let us open this conversation to the next levels with your youth group to help the trainees to kick start their journey at an earlier stage.
Get in touch
Wilson Masaka Wilson.firstname.lastname@example.org
It is now 19 years since I played in the Norway cup in Norway with the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA). Every year MYSA teams travel to Norway for the biggest youth football and exchange program.
As a beneficiary of the program I’m very proud to come back to the mother organization that opened many avenues for my journey both in football and education. About Norway Cup Norway Cup is the world’s largest football tournament for children and young people aged 10 to 19 years old, with 3v3 soccer for players 6-10 years old played the last weekend of the tournament. In 2016 we reached an all time high with 2199 teams participating in Norway Cup.
Around 6000 games were played over the course of the tournament in 2016. Norway Cup is organized by Bækkelagets Sportklub and it all started in 1972 with 420 teams and 8,400 participants. Source https://norwaycup.no/en/about-norway-cup/ On 18th July 2018 a team of young, talented football stars will represent MYSA / Kenya at the prestigious international tournament in Norway and later they will tour the Netherlands for football clinics and friendly matches. I was honored to be given the opportunity by the MYSA management to conduct a motivational / education session that would prepare the youth on the life changing experience oversees as an alumni of MYSA having travelled as the team captain in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Key highlight of the Session; (Football + Education + Employability)
- How to handle peer pressure.
- Expectations (Life before, during and after Norway).
- Personal branding 4. Group discussions and presentation
- Personal journey of alumni 6. Social, economical issues (The people, the culture, food, lifestyle etc)
The Gap: Many of the young football players lack mentors to help them through understanding life during football and life after football whereby combing education and employ-ability skills while they pursue their football talents. As a result a big number have-not been able to achieve their dream careers either because of peer pressure, adequate resource, criminal gangs, drug abuse etc.
The session was conducted under our Skill Up program hosted by Wilsen Initiative (Wi). We train youth on the 21st century skills that would eventually help build a positive brand, choose career pathways and also give back to their community. We advocate for long life learning and quality education, footballer are no exceptions, everyone needs to continue learning to improve their lives and tackle emerging challenges.