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.
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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.
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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.
This year’s tournament will run from 2nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019. A total of 15 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. Since inception in 2011 we have had a total of 16 teams participating from within Mathare.
Match day 1: Abuto foundation Vs. Mathare North Youth. Mathare North Youth won 1-0
2nd December 2018. It is a good start, match day 1 Mathare North Youth Vs. Abuto Foundation. Mathare North Youth won 1-0
Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2018 -2019 – Senior Teams
- 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
7th Edition: 2018-2019? Who will it be?
The secret of winning;
1. Fair play
4. Game plan
5. Discipline on/off the pitch
During the festive season schools are closed and the 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 (safe spaces) where youth can spend their energy and time in playing or by watching grassroots soccer where they connect with each other while they get life-skills from their coaches and community leaders.
- Safe space for youth during the festive season.
- Promote peaceful coexisting of people in the community.
- Promote soccer talents
Areas you can support us;
- Soccer balls.
- Officiating and communication.
- Documentary (Video and photography)
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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!
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.