Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer program

Every year we plan and coordinate Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament together with community coaches and volunteer youth leaders. We started tournament in 2011, and yesterday we successful concluded the 8th edition which was well attended.

The Challenge

We don’t have the required resources to live our full desire of helping grassroot clubs and players especially U10 and U12 acquire the right gears for the game from soccer shoes (boots), balls, uniforms etc.

We want to thank all our friends who have come on board sometimes on short notice in helping us acquire balls, uniforms and soccer shoes for the players U10 & U12.

Success

Apart from the annual soccer tournament featuring the seniors, U10 and U12 players we continue to mobilize for resources all through the year for grassroots clubs in Mathare North especially for U10 and U12 teams.

In 2019 we we able to reach 10 young stars with soccer shoes. One senior team, U10 and U12 with branded Wilsen Initiative uniforms.

What next?

Our target is to at least reach 35 young stars and 15 teams with soccer boots, uniforms and balls in 2020.

Areas you can support us in the next edition 2020 tournament ;

Soccer balls, uniforms, officiating, communication, documentary (Video and photography) and awards.

Ongoing activity through the year and areas of possible collaboration;

1. Soccer shoes (boots) campaign for children U10 and U12.
2. Life-skill training for coaches and players.
3. Soccer resource mobilization from balls, shoes, uniforms etc for soccer club in Mathare North.
4 Organizing and sponsoring U10 and U12 tournaments during school holiday

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

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

Meet the Passionate Coach with Golden Heart for Soccer.

Today I want to appreciate coach Omore for his dedication in nurturing soccer talent in the community level also known as grassroots soccer. Many successful soccer stars like Mariga, Wanyama, Oliech just to mention but a few came from a humble beginning, playing soccer in the dusty fields such as drago, depo, red carpet and many others. Coaches at the grassroots levels have been instrumental in nurturing our greatest talents and in rare occasions they get to be acknowledged for their efforts or even supported to grow their skills despite facing many challenges in the team and the surrounding environment.

Omore is a true example of a coach with passion and despite his physical challenge he is one of the dedicated coaches that has many teams in our community in Mathare North. He is in charge of Mathare North Rangers teams from the age of 12, 14 and over 16 years, one of his biggest achievement is winning the top prize of the just concluded Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2017/ 2018.

 

 

Dribbling skills session with players U14

Wilsen Initiative (WI) has been supporting Mathare North Rangers teams and our immediate goal is to have exposure for the coach and the players through playing tournaments and participating in more profession soccer coaching courses and life skills training to perfect their skills.

We invite well wishers to help us with soccer shoes, balls, uniforms etc, to help our coach and his team achieve the desired dream.

Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Soccer Shoe Campaign 2018

#ChistmasGiftSoccerShoes #SoccerForHope #SoccerForChange #NextStar #ChistmasGiftSoccerShoes #SoccerForHope #SoccerForChange #NextStar

On 5th December 2018 we made a call to our network of friends and well wishers to join hands with us in our annual Soccer Shoes Campaign Gift by donating quality soccer shoe/s to the young stars who aren’t in a position to acquire one of the most valuable resources in their soccer career. Many young people play with bare foot not knowing the risks they expose themselves playing in bad surface soccer pitch in the community, on the other hand there is a big gap in acquiring a soccer shoe, soccer balls, soccer Cons, tracksuits, uniforms etc.

At Wilsen Initiative we want to bridge gap by providing the most basic resource like soccer balls, quality training, uniforms, etc. This December our target was to reach 20, but by today were are happy to acquire 30 soccer boots since we made the call. The campaign started the year 2000, whereby a total of more than 300 young stars have been reached.

Come, 1st Jan 2019, the campaign will not come an end, but will enter into the open contributions where anyone can add to the basket gift at their call through the year.

Other related links;

http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2018/12/giving-back-through-soccer-shoe-campaign.html
http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2013/08/change-that-starts-from-within.html
http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2016/06/you-cant-miss-to-watch-right-to-play.html
http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-reminiscence-of-football-shoes.html http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2014/12/soccer-shoes-boots-campaign-right-to.html

Thanks to Pieter Jan de Bruijn, Pauline de Bruijnn, George Kamau, Kamuzi Banda, Roseline Nanah, Kate Syprine Nyarsojay, Esther Mazira and Ernesto Spruyt for your contributions. In a special way we want to wish you all the best in 2019, and may God bless the work of your hands.

Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2018 -2019

Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2018 -2019 – Finals were held today. 11 Brother defeated Metro Youth 2-1

7th Edition: WINNER 2018 – 2019 – 11 Brothers F.C.

1st Edition: – 2012-2013 :: Metro Wazee
2nd Edition:- 2013-2014 :: Metro Wazee
3rd Edition:- 2014 – 2015 :: Santos (4A)
4th Edition:- 2015 – 2016 :: 11Brothers F.C
5th Edition: 2016-2017 :: Santos F.C (KIWI)
6th Edition: 2017- 2018 :: Mathare North Rangers F.C