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!

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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.

End Of Year Festive Season Football Tournament U12 & U14

At Wilsen Initiative our happiest moment is when we help young people transit into new experiences in life. Soccer / football is one of our vehicles that we use to reach out to young people discover more about themselves (gift, skills and talent).

Accessing good football pitch, lack of resources, lack of enough opportunity, low self esteem, minimal positive role models are among the hard faced challenges. Yesterday we were able to create these positive chains of events by successful finishing the two week football/soccer tournament for U12 and U14.

We awarded the winners with our branded Wilsen Initiative (Wi) jerseys, football and football shoe for the overall best player. We thank the young people who worked with us tirelessly in organizing the tournament and the Pollination project for believing in our theory of change.

#ComingSoon This Sunday we shall host 30 young people through an artistic expression workshop at the GoDown Arts Centre.

Mtaa Bila IDLENESS!

We have been on the forefront in organizing the annual end of the year soccer tournament in Mathare North community for the last four years. Our main theme for this year is Mtaa bila Idleness, which means a community without idleness, as it was said an idle mind is a devils workshop.

The tournament features sixteen senior teams that participate in the two weeks competitive tournaments with an aim of fostering peacefully coexisting of people in the community while embracing peace, love and unity despite of our background, tribes, political affiliation etc.

This year we have lined up three activities as follows;

1. Soccer tournament for the senior teams.
2. Soccer tournament for U12 & U14.
3. Art expression; My country, My future for young people of 14 -16 years.

Soccer Tournaments

Soccer is the number one sport in majority of the informal settlements in the world. The power of a ball can’t be underestimated. Looking back history getting a real ball wasn’t easy, even though our creativity and innovation wasn’t limited we created soccer balls from pieces of papers and threads. We played together in school corridors, opens spaces, community field and even organized for friendly matches with other youth (soccer everywhere). These environments made us be known in the community, despite not having a structured soccer academies like in the western countries and through soccer some of us were able to arrive to our careers of choice and on the flip side due to social economical situations many talents were lost on the way.

U12 soccer tournament, Drive-In primary school in Mathare North

U12 soccer tournament, Drive-In primary school in Mathare North

This year, schools have been closed for two months, many young people are all over the streets, some not knowing what to do or how to spend their time, parent on the other hand not knowing how to deal with their children during the long holiday. We have organized this tournament with the intention of creating a platform that will engage the youth in a meaningful activities that will train them some life skills that they wouldn’t get in the classroom.

Art expression; My country, My future

This is a platform that will bring young people of 14 to 16 years together at the GoDown Art centre on the 11th of December 2016. Our main theme My country, My future aims at creating a positive dialogue that will promote the values that will foster peacefully coexisting of people. Next year we will be having the general elections and from the street talk and media there is little evidence in organizing a celebration of things that bind us together as Kenyans apart from the forthcoming Jahmuri day celebration on 12th December (Independence day) which is gazetted. It is so unfortunate the small gains and activities such as what we have organized doesn’t get the attention in the mainstream media, majority of top news is when remarks are made that are controversial to the norms are made especially towards polarizing us further through tribal affiliations, political affiliation etc. Thanks to the new media, we are able to share our passion, activities and create platforms that appreciate our diversity as Kenyans even in a little way and as key stakeholders of the Kenya that we want to see.

Coming soon at the GoDown Arts Centre

Coming soon at the GoDown Arts Centre

Target Group

Our target group (14 to 16 years) won’t vote come next year, but we want to start somewhere by inculcating a culture of a new generation that appreciates our diversity, make informed decisions and promote the great values of peace, love and unity (peace ambassadors from within). For a great nation to meet its development agendas, we need the effort of everyone without excluding the children and the youth, their energy needs to be linked to deliberate program and activities that will promote great citizenry.

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.

At Wilsen Initiative (WI) we promote art and soccer activities as our vehicles of delivering value through learning new skills that wouldn’t be trained in the confines of the classroom. Art is a wide field with many genres from music, painting, choreography etc.

Patrick Mukabi “Panye” internationally renowned artist facilitating in one of our session dubbed Plus One Talent (POT)

Patrick Mukabi “Panye” internationally renowned artist facilitating in one of our session dubbed Plus One Talent (POT)

We use visual expression (painting) where the participants design their unique composition in relation to the subject matter. Art and sport are career options for the youth in the 21st century whilst learning other important skills that will make you an all rounder person.