About Wilson Masaka

Philosophy Everybody is a winner; we have something unique that we can do. We believe in sharing, creating, educating, motivating and inspiring champions in our society. Description: Wilsen initiative envisages narrowing ‘me and the World’ gap in youth, whereby helping youth realize their full potential in achieving their desired goals and dreams in life through simple steps. For example through self reflection many youth will positively change their self esteem and face the realities of life. We foster youth empowerment through peer to peer learning and networking with other youth groups. Our vision is to empower the youths to be critical thinkers and change makers in our society through networking, sports, education and skills transfer from one generation to the other.

Finals of The 8th Edition Of MNFSST 2019 /2020

All pictures as captured during the finals… Enjoy!

Happy new year 2020, may you have a sporting 2020

 

Finals of The 8th Edition Of MNFSST 2019 /2020

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 Mathare.

South B. United were crowned the Champions of the 8th Edition of MNFSST 2019/20. South B. United clinched the day by winning 1-0 against resilient Home Boys F.C.The match was attend by approximately 350+ people, and we hope everyone was entertained by the quality of the tournament and talented players.

We want to appreciate everyone who made the tournament a success from the teams, coaches, fan base, committee and friends. We hope the 9th edition will be even bigger and better. Special mention Pieter Jan de Bruijn, Calvo, Moses Wambia, George Nzioka, George Kamau , Eriko, and Kamuzi Banda, thanks for your support.

Main goals.

  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 in the next edition 2020 tournament ;

  1. Soccer balls.
  2. Uniforms.
  3. Officiating and communication.
  4. Documentary (Video and photography)
  5. Awards

Nine Important Things to Consider, Community Grassroots Soccer Tournament

It’s now 8 years since I initiated the Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament. The main purpose of the tournament is to engage the youth in meaningful activity, especially during the long festive season in December. We believe the tournament will create an avenue for the youth to interact among themselves and the wider community.
Lastly, through soccer we get a platform to advise the youths to stay out of drugs, crime and alcohol.

There are a lot of milestones to celebrate and in equal measure there are a lot lessons, and challenges we have to deal with each year.

Below are 10 important things to consider when organizing a community grassroots Soccer especially with limited resources.

1. The teams
Map the teams and explain the concept of the tournament. Determine if the teams will have to pay registration fee or not.

2. The pitch:
Do you have full access to a field or will you have to hire one?

3. The organizing committee and Support group
Who else is involved in the logistic and all planning? And are they available to volunteer? Do they understand how their role will create value and add to the tournament success. Who among your friends (network) is willing to walk with you through the journey?

4. The purpose
Explain the main purpose / objective of the tournament. Is it for social gain or political gain? Defining the WHY.

5. The communication plan
Ensure you arrange in person meetings with the teams, follow up calls, poster, SMS and social media. There should be only one person handling the communication.

6. The awards
Who is sponsoring the tournament? Is it from team’s contribution or 3rd party? Let the team know what they are playing for at the appropriate time.

7. The security and community.
How will security be arranged? How will the community be involved and will it be directly or indirectly?

8. The tournament rules
What are the rules of the tournament? Share with the teams before the start of the tournament.

9. The documentation.
How are you going to document the tournament? Think of videos, pictures and blogs.

8th Edition of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) – Senior Teams

This year’s tournament will run from 1st December 2019 to 1st January 2020. A total of 10 teams, more than 300 players will be featured during the tournament. The main aim of the tournament is to create safe space through soccer, especially during the festive season.

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.

Developing The Entrepreneurial Spirit (Mindset Vs. Skill Set)

Featured post from our founder Mr. Wilson Masaka
www.wilsenx.blogspot.com

In the last decade, I have interacted with creative people either in a project, fellowship program or attended their events. One thing that is much of a concern is on how to develop a personal brand that delivers meaning and eventually earns them decent money throughout their creative life cycle.

As a passionate social entrepreneur, I love to create solutions based on the knowledge economy of existing and emerging trends where the creative people would get platform to learn other important aspects of their chosen craft that would connect the meaning and the money side.

Did you know you can have the right skills but fail to train the same in the right way? It becomes a double challenge, especially if you are to train a creative class with a bundle of knowledge. My passion and niche is in how to deliver quality training in a creative way using the right resources and more importantly, I encourage an environment where everyone learns including myself as the facilitator and lastly also important making learning to be fun.

I hope I just did that after honoring an invitation from Hope Raisers to train a group of creative people at their centre known as Bega Kwa Bega Creative Hub space in Babadogo.

The session was held on today (Wednesdays 20th November 201) and the main topic was on how to develop the entrepreneurial spirit that focuses on the mindset and the skill set required in their field of practice. In attendance we had Musicians, Dj’s, Actors, Dancers, Photographers, Drummer, Song Creative writers among others who are on a different level in their creative life cycle.

The main objective of the session;

  1. Train on how to develop the right mindset and skill set.
  2. How to innovate around existing markets
  3. How to disrupt existing market in a positive way creating the next value chain.
  4. How to partner with other creative people in developing the business side of your craft.
  5. How to create meaning and eventual money.
  6. How to acquire the entrepreneurial mindset and skill set.
  7. How to use the business model canvas.
  8. How to create a Unique Selling Point (Unique Selling Point) in the creative sector where there are many other people doing the same things.
  9. Understand who is an entrepreneur and what pathways to take in a start-up.
  10. To kick-start the idea as an individual or as a team? What are the risks? Pro’s and Conn’s?
  11. How to spot opportunities.

Tools used in achieving some the above mentioned objective;

  • The business model canvas.
  • The Golden Circle. The Golden Circle by Simon Sinek

Below is the session in pictures.

In all the training I have facilitated either in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania it emerges that the majority of creative people are keen on improving their skills set which is more on the technical side and less in done in the other front of mindset which I would classify under soft skills. The soft skills here are the extras you bring into the craft which will create your unique identity, think about the attitude, professional ethics, pitching, teamwork, interpersonal skill, problem solving, innovation, creativity, adaptability, time management, personal branding, communication and so on.

Get in touch with me for a session with your team in photography, self marketing, storytelling, social media, blogging, communication, teamwork and many more.

The session is designed in three fold that is;

The ATTITUDE side.
The SKILLS side.
The KNOWLEDGE side
I call it the ASK model! wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament Featuring U10 & U12

We had a successful two weeks tournament whereby a total of twenty four teams took part in the U10 & U12 category. Flames Sportive won 1-0 against Mathare Cranes U10 and for the U12 category Mathare North Rangers won 3-0 against Mathare Cranes.
Congratulations to the finalist and all the teams that took part in the tournament.

Statistics;

  • 16 teams participated under the U12 category
  • 8 teams participants under the U10 category12 coaches whereby others had more than one team
  • 8 community volunteers as referees
  • Approximately 150 spectators per day watching the match.
  • Winners awarded balls and branded Wilsen Initiative jerseys.
  • More than 200+ kids took part as players

The MNFSST Tournament

Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournaments (MNFSST) brings together the community and coaches in designing safe spaces for children to be positively engaged, especially during the festive season when schools are closed.

We organize a soccer tournament for the teams with the main objective of keeping the kids out of bad influence highly witnessed during school holiday. The tournament creates safe spaces for kids to be trained by the coaches, mentored through the tournament , get encouraged and awarded with the most valuable resource the teams needs for example soccer balls and uniforms.

How Our Initiative is Similar to Others

There are many soccer initiatives in the Nairobi running soccer tournaments and soccer training clinics. The majority of teams, especially from the informal settlement lack the necessary resources and support to make the soccer journey of a young star painless.

The pain is evident from;

  1. Lack of transport to and from tournaments
  2. No uniform for the team and if they have, it’s either one set and worn out.
  3. Quite a number play barefoot on gravel and bumpy fields prone to injuries
  4. In case of injury, lack of necessary medical attention and lack of basic first aid.
  5. Majority of the coaches lack the necessary on and off the pitch technical and soft skills.
  6. Lack of dedicated space for kids to play.
  7.  Lack of enough exposure locally, regionally and internationally.
  8. Lack of planned and timed transition from one age group to the next one and still maintain high standards and interest to play even at the professional levels.

How Our Initiative is Different from Others

Our tournament runs especially during the school holiday or breaks. This is the time most kids would get extra free time with no plans to do with ‘free’ time while their parents and guardians are busy looking for the family daily bread in a tough economy where both parents are engaged in a mission to keep the family financially stable.
We have designed the tournament is a way everyone who takes part either as a player, volunteer or coach learns something new and challenged to do more in making their situation better using the available resources

What is Unique about the Idea?

We don’t only focus on playing, but more important we encourage the kids to follow up on their education and also learn to be good ambassadors through what they do. Our model based on (PL) Play and Learn as they transit into different age groups.
We mobilize for resources for the teams before the tournament, we run
an ongoing Soccer Boots (shoes) campaign for the young-stars to
address one of their pains.

So far since inception in 2011 we have reached more than 300+ kids with playing shoes boosting their esteem of becoming the next star. As much as we have been able to reach many we haven’t been able to assure the teams how many we are going to reach
every year because our support comes from individual contributions and friends support which sometimes is not certain. We encourage partnerships with other like minded individuals and organizations in addressing the pains while also working on a model that will encourage play and learning.

We have been successful in meeting our promises during the tournament, especially awarding the winners with our branded jerseys and balls. We would wish to donate to all the teams at least with soccer jerseys and balls, but currently we don’t have funds to support the idea.

Our bigger vision come 2030

We envisage to have a resource centre in the neighborhood where the kids would also have space to learn, especially in a library and the digital space. By the way it doesn’t have to wait until 2030, our only hindrance is the funds to support the idea fully from set-up to sustainability levels.

Lastly, we thank everyone who has supported us in funds and in kind, we encourage not to give up and soon we will reach our 2030 vision.

Please get in touch if you can support us in any ways.

The finals in pictures
More pictures on www.facebook.com/matharenorthsoccer