7th Edition Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST)

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

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;

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

And many more…
Contact wilson.masaka@gmail.com

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New Uniform – Mathare North Rangers F.C

It is a great pleasure to connect our team with resources that will help them through achieving their dreams. At the grassroots, not many teams can afford quality footballs, football shoes, first aid kits, etc. through Wilsen Initiative under football for hope program, we have been mobilizing for football kits and materials either new or used to support community grassroots team from 12 year to 16 years.

We thank Raphael Obonyo and Obonyo foundation for recognizing our efforts at the grassroots whereby they donated a set of uniform and football to our team Mathare North Rangers F.c under their ongoing campaign that they are running that supports leadership through sports.

Grassroots Soccer, East Meets the West.

Today our junior team (Mathare North Rangers Jnr. U12) traveled to Parklands to play a friendly match with Soccer School Kenya. . The match ended in a 2-2 draw, with great learning lessons from both teams.

Soccer School Kenya works with kids from all backgrounds with the aim of giving them an opportunity to hone their skills by availing the right environment, equipment and coaching staff. We share the same values at Wilsen Initiative whereby we support our club in nurturing their skills and talents. The soccer exchange program is part of our philosophy that provides an environment to interact with different groups while learning new skills. We share a lot with Soccer School Kenya, only that at the moment weren’t able to fully implement our soccer model due to lack of resources required from coaches, soccer shoes etc.

Soccer School Kenya Versus Mathare North Rangers Jnr. U12 Date 17.02.18

 

About Our Teams

Mathare North Rangers F.C (MNR) football club (U12, U14 and Over 16 years) is a project of Wilsen Initiative (Wi). Wilsen Initiative runs under three pillars, namely Inspiration, Connectivity and Education (ICE model).Our teams are vehicles of fostering understanding and create lasting relationships among the youth and their communities. Some of the skills the soccer players acquire directly or indirectly range from; leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, good values, peace, decision making among others.

Our Goal

  1. Provide a safe environment for a soccer player at grassroots levels to grow into the next level of professionalism.
  2. We seek to nurture the young talents, in soccer by providing exposure outside our neighborhood.
  3. Offer quality training and mobilize for resources that would help the players to grow into the next levels of professionalism.

Our objectives

  • We envisage traversing our country by playing friendly matches and tournaments that will foster understanding of cultural diversity and peace building in Kenya.
  • We use football to help the youth explore more about their country and communities while learning about why they should embrace diversity in cultures, tribes and trends around. By doing so we shall be contributing to the national fabric of peaceful cohesion of people.

In a special way we want to thanks Wilson Masaka, Kamuzi Banda, Kenndey Onyago (Onyi), Coach Omore for their leadership, dedication and facilitation for all our teams. Lastly we want to thank Simon Mulama, Titus Mulama and the Soccer School Kenya for hosting us today at their fields.

Incase you want to be involved please write us at info@wilsenx.com

You can help us in;

  • Transport cost to and from venues.
  • Buying or mobilizing of donation of playing kits for the players e.g soccer shoes, bibs, track suit etc.
  • Training session for U12 and U14 players.
  • Connect us with a friendly match outside our neighborhood.

Step by step we shall reach our goal!

Meet the Passionate Coach with Golden Heart for Soccer.

Today we 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 in Huruma, Depo in Mathare, Red carpet (used to be in Huruma) 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.

Coach Omore training the under 14 yrs players how to dribble and pass the ball.

Coach Omore training the under 14 yrs players how to dribble and pass the ball.

Coach Omore training the under 14 yrs players how to dribble and pass the ball.

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

6th Edition of MNFS Soccer Tournament 2017 / 2018

1st January 2018 marked the finals of the annual Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) which started on 17th December 2017 featuring senior level teams. Mathare North Rangers F.C Jnr were crowned the winners after defeating Santos-4A 1-0 in an interesting encounter that attracted more than 250 spectators at the Drive-in primary school.

The 6th edition was the most successful tournament despite the limited resources and other challenges as noted. All the teams played competitive soccer from the group stages which featured four groups, each having four teams, only the top two qualified for the quarter finals.

The tournament is quite open when it comes to how many players can be registered in a particular team. The open team list policy provides an opportunity for many players to be featured during the tournament provided they don’t play for any of the other teams in the current tournament. Only four substitutes are allowed in a match, this is to avoid the coach playing a second team after the first half break. This means a team can have a different set of players per game, the idea is to open up the space for many grassroots soccer players and those that are playing top league to play together during the off season tournament.

The main objective of the tournament;

  1. To encourage peaceful co-existing of people from different diverse background through soccer.
  2. To promote soccer talent in the community where young people participate in meaningful activities away from different vices like drug abuse and crime.
  3. Create awareness about playing safe and importance of education and sports.
  4. Striving for transformation of different realities / stimulating positive change in the society through soccer.
  5. Using soccer as a vehicle in reaching out to our community to do good for a prosperous society.

Challenges

We lack adequate resources to run the tournament, especially on cost for the logistics, marking the field, awards, officiating, balls, first aid kit, etc. All the teams pay a minimal registration fee (senior level), required to come with a ball, uniforms and first aid kit.

Only two matches were affected by intimidating the referees, but it was later resolved. One match was rescheduled with only one ‘walkover’ given and time keeping still remains a big challenge for most of the teams.

Unfortunately, in this edition weren’t able to run a tournament for U12 and U14 due to lack of resources. As per our desire, we have always envisaged to support the U12 and U14 tournament whereby providing the balls, first aid, refreshments, awards, logistics and officiating.

Santos-4A Vs. Mathare North Rangers Fc. Jnr during the finals. MNRangers F.C won 1-0

Santos-4A Vs. Mathare North Rangers Fc. Jnr during the finals. MNRangers F.C won 1-0

The success and impact;

No major injuries reported and the weather was favorable for play. Below is a summary of the tournament success and impact.

General Statistics
Number of teams participated – 16 teams
Number of referees participated- 6 referees
Total of goals scored- 67 goals
Number of days played- 14 days
Average spectators per day -100 people
Approximated number of players participated. Total of the 16 teams -320 players
Total number of matches played – 32 matches
Approximated number of spectators during the finals – 300+ people
Total number of coaches -16 coaches

We look forward to a greater 7th edition in 2018/2019.

We invite you to partner with us or even support us to run a successful tournament. You can choose from uniforms, awards, balls, fund our logistics, support our documentaries, especially videos, create awareness on issues affecting the youth etc. Get in touch with wilson.masak@gmail.com or info@wilsenx.com

For more photos like this page www.facebook.com/MathareNorthSoccer

General Background

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) seeks to Inspire, Connect and Educate (ICE) youth through the use of sports and talent management as a vehicle in reaching out the youth in informal communities of Mathare and its environ. We are committed role models and change makers who inspire and aspire to educate our peers to use their talents and skills in acquiring meaningful employment, education or self-employment venture.

Our mission is to develop positive young change-makers in informal settlements in Kenya.
Our vision is to have a society of self-confident young people who inspire positive change using their talents and skills for prosperity.

Sports For Change

Since inception we have been in the forefront in Mathare slums promoting soccer activities either in conducting soccer clinics, life-skills training and donation of training kits to community grassroots clubs in Mathare North. Our biggest success has been running an annual soccer tournament for teams of between 12 years and 14 years during the Christmas holiday. On the other hand mobilizing for training resources through our network of friends from Kenya, Germany, Canada and Netherlands in different respective years. ‘

The Need

During the tournament time in December to January schools are closed and in the informal settlements like Mathare it’s normal routine to find kids roaming the streets engaged in nothing meaningful. This situation poses a great risk to the kids indulging in drug abuse or criminal activities. Our intervention over the last five editions has helped the kids realize their full potentials while also finding a meaningful environment to engage in soccer and life-skills training that helps them grow into responsible citizens.

Big Ending, Great Beginning 2017 – Mathare North Soccer Tournament

#HappyNewYear It was a great closure for 2016 and a great opener for 2017. On 1st January 2017 we played the finals of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) 5th edition organized by @Wilsen initiative and youth in the community championing soccer activities. There was a total of 14 teams playing in a league match format and the top four teams went through to quarter finals. Santos F.C vs. Metro Youth reached the finals of 2016 – 2017 where Santos F.C won 1-0 .

The aim of the tournament is to bring the community together especially during festive season where high rate of crime, drug and alcohol abuse are reported. We create this platform so that youth may be free from drugs, crime and alcohol abuse but exploit their soccer talents towards the new season. Generally we put our energies into positive causes that will eventual foster peaceful coexisting of people of different backgrounds, tribes, values etc.

Sports isn’t an exception when it comes to peace building. We want to thanks all the teams, our loyal community fans, coaches, young organizers etc for making the tournament a success. Thanks to Wilsen Initiative and The Pollination Project for the support.

 

Plus One Talent: Art expression; My country, My future

We had a great event with a total of 35 young people between 12 to 16 years all represented. The majority of the youth came from Mathare North and Mukuru in South B. The event took place at the GoDown on 11th December 2016. Our main theme was My country, My future. We aim at creating a positive dialogue that will promote the values that will foster peacefully coexisting of people.

We had the following activities;

  • Games – Games are an important tool to use in fostering interest and interaction amongst the participants. The youth got a chance to introduce new games to the rest of the team. Our main objective was to have fun and bond together in readiness for the day activities.
  • Group challenge – We formed five groups of six participants and the challenge was to build the tallest tower using the resources provided. This challenge helps the participant to listen more, work in teams, and work on time management among other soft skills.
  • Brainstorming – This process helps get divergent views on a specific topic. Our main topic was what makes Kenya great? And also looking at what we should change as Kenyans? The two sides of a coin tapping into the young people’s mind and activating their voice through painting and discussion.
  • Painting – Appreciate art as one of the greatest mediums of expression. Art in school isn’t that strong like it used to be back in the 1990’s we want to bring this important aspect of expression and learning to young people as a way of unlocking their potential through critical thinking, creativity and innovation which might not the primary goal in most of the schools administering the 8-4-4 system.

Last we had a break out session with refreshments before the closing session. In a special way I want to thank Kate Syprine (Co-founder Wilsen Initiative), Janet Nawire, Andrew guest tutor, Edwin our videographer, GoDown Art Centre, Dorwaf restaurant and the Pollination Project for making the day a success. These are questions that we seek to address using the Wilsen Initiative Model (Wi) as expressed through our mission and vision.

Our mission is to develop positive young change-makers in informal settlements in Kenya.

Our vision is to have a society of self-confident young people who inspires positive change using their talents and skills for prosperity.

How might we?

  1. How might we connect the stakeholders to address the needs and the gaps in the society
  2. How we develop a more sustainable vision of success.
  3. How might we internalize in people the motivation to develop  a more  sustainable vision of success.
  4. How might we encourage the pro-activity and attitude towards making change
  5. How might we make children positive agents of change in Kenya
  6. How might overcome the “sheep factor” towards skills develop in achieving personal genuine potentials.
  7. How might we define Kenya’s success?
  8. How might we have short term gains that will leads into long term solutions?

More photos at http://bit.ly/2gR6ZN3

Expected Impact

We work with renowned artist and community youth leaders in facilitating these workshops. The participants get a chance to evoke new ways of thinking through artistic expression, work together and dialogue through meaningful conversations. We envisage a community of positive role models who are responsible to the community whereby engaging in activities that promote great values (Peace, love, unity, hard work, teamwork, empathy etc.) for a better tomorrow.  After art and craft was abolished in the 8-4-4 system the interest of many young people participating in artistic projects has gone below the expected levels because some think it isn’t a career option.