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

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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.

 

Right to Play Safe

There are many resources that are hard to come by, for example football, football shoes, playing grounds, playing time, expertise and qualified (role models) coaches to mentor the young people among others.

Football is part of our program within the 3 pillars of Inspiration, Connectivity and Education (ICE). We run small football clinics and annual tournament in Mathare North for the youth of the ages 14yrs and above.

We have our senior and junior team that we support called Mathare North Rangers F.C. The most challenging is getting the resources as mentioned above. We have tried as we can to keep the spirit of the game going, but sometimes it is hard to use only one ball for about the two teams and in this case you will find the young once been denied the chance to play because the seniors always take the priority.

The football shoes campaign is still on and will call on individual, organizations, sports federation etc; to join hands with us in providing the necessary resources for young people in disadvantages communities who have the passion to play.
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Since inception, we have at least reached more 40 young players with nice quality shoes as a way of minimizing unnecessary injuries but also to boost the players’ self esteems from a young age to continue playing and void joining other non productive activities that might lead to the use of drugs and substance abuse or joining crime.

#‎RightToPlaySafe‬ ‪#‎BuildingBridges‬ “ I am happy to connect a young person with a quality football shoes at least every month through the football shoes campaign under Wilsen initiative (Wi). It only takes saving my few lunch money to enable a young star acquire playing shoes. I invite you to join hands with me in creating this bridge together through the philosophy of the change that starts with you.” Wilson Masaka Founder Wilsen initiative (Wi)

Sports for Development There are many sports activities that young people need to be involved in to either pursue their career prospects, build connections, learn life skills, stay healthy, have fun, mentor and coach others, acquire parallel education in relation to sports and many others are the immeasurable linkages and opportunities sports brings in building a social fabric of good citizens of our great nations.

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Mathare North Festive Super Tournament 3rd Edition 2014 – 2015.

This is an annual tournament that is organized by the Wilsen Initiative (Wi) and the youth in the community. The tournament always kicks off on 26th December with the finals played on the new year’s celebrations on 1st January. The main objective is to connect the community through soccer during the holiday and beyond, we recognized that not all people travel out of the city during the long festive seasons due to one reason or the other and this leaves the youth with nothing to do but to indulge in other activities that doesn’t add value to their lives.

In this tournament every team is a winner with the main focus not being cash rewards but rather building lasting relationships that will foster peaceful co-existing of people of different communities. This year’s theme was connecting community through soccer and talent display. In a great way we thank all the organizing committee who dedicated their time, skills and resources like making fixtures, communication, officiating etc, all the teams and their supporters for maintaining discipline, peace and fair play through the tournament.

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The tournament was a great success! More than 300 spectators per day, 30+ matches, 16 teams, More than 300 soccer players, More than 60hrs of community service!

“A LINE starts with a DOT, to align your life you should always start from somewhere and leave a mark” – Wilson Masaka founder at Wilsen Initiative (Wi)

Join us in preparation for the 4th edition of the tournament scheduled for 26th December 2015 to 1st January 2016.

ARE YOU THE MISSING BRICK IN OUR FOUNDATION?

How?
– Donate time and expertise.
– Share your network.
– Collaborate with us in hosting a youth program.
And many more…

Join us  in our programs that involves;
1. short technical training ( workshops)
2. educational excursions
3. Featuring stories of the youth ( Story Yangu)
4. Organizing the annual Mathare North Festive Season Super Tournament.
5. Inspirational talks.

And many more courtesy of Wilsen Initiative model (ICE = Inspiration, Connection and Education)

Inquire for more information at info@wilsenx.com or wilson.masaka@gmail.com