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.


  • 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
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7th Edition of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) – Senior Teams

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
2. Teamwork
3. Consistency
4. Game plan
5. Discipline on/off the pitch

What else?

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.

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

Second Edition Of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament U12, 2018.

We are grateful to reach a successful final, Metro Youth F.C emerged the winners after defeating David foundation 2-0 in an entertaining match at the Drive-in Primary School. Seventeen teams participated in this year’s edition and approximately 350 soccer players and 17 coaches participated directly.

At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer for Change / Hope, we encourage young-stars to pursue their soccer talents to the best levels that they can despite the hurdles they face daily. We are dedicated in building bridges and acting as a positive catalyst for the young-stars to pass the hurdles like acquiring soccer balls, soccer shoes and uniforms that would motivate them transit to the next level of professionalism.


Our goal is to have qualified soccer stars with the right skills on and off the pitch which can attract the next level of opportunities from the grassroots.

Our objectives;

  1. Conduct soccer clinics where the players learn skills for on / off the pitch (soccer skills, employ-ability skills and 21st century skills).
  2. Organize annual soccer tournaments for U12, U14 and senior teams.
  3. Mobilize for soccer shoes and uniforms, among other important gears required to nurture grassroots talent.
  4. Conduct first aid clinics, for grassroots soccer clubs.
  5. We use soccer to drive forward social change.
  6. Networking with other youth-led groups to foster peace and other social activities using soccer.
  7. Use soccer as an agent for change whereby facilitating the teams in local and regional tournaments.
  8. Using soccer as a tool to drive positive social transformation.
  9. (Lifelong Learning) Learning other life-skills through soccer for example leadership and self esteem In case you want to make a contribution our doors are still open.
  10. Mobilize resources for U12, U14 and U16 clubs/ teams.

Our vision is to see all soccer stars in Mathare North to have a soccer shoe that will protect them from injuries inflicted on them due to poor or dangerous pitch that they only have at the grassroots. Resources like soccer shoes, balls and uniforms are the bare basics a team requires but most of the teams at the grassroots struggle to reach the necessary networks or even mobilize for the funds to purchase the material and equipments. On our side, it has been a big challenge to conduct the yearly tournament in a sequential manner due to lack of funds. The first edition of the tournament was conducted in 2016, since then we haven’t been a position to successfully mobilize for the required funds and resource to run a successful tournament.

This year’s tournament was sponsored by Moses Wambia who is one the young leaders in Mathare North. We thank him for the awards (trophy, winners uniforms, runners up uniforms, balls etc.). On the other hand, we thank Alive and Kicking for donating soccer balls to each team that participated.

Lastly, we want to thank all the volunteer referees, all coaches, Banda, Onyi, Mark, Masaka, Wambia and Daddy for their support in making the tournament a success and we hope the senior (7th edition MNFSST-2018 Seniors) will be successful too.

We continue to encourage the well wishers to donate time, balls, uniforms, conns or anything that would help young soccer star reach their desired levels. Get in touch with for any contributions or support.

Dnation box: Here is a list you can choose from ;

  1. Sponsor tournament.
  2. Donate uniforms.
  3. Donate soccer balls and soccer cons.
  4. Training bibs.
  5. Training hours.
  6. Facilitate outdoor trip for the team (exposure visits and friendly matches).
  7. Resource Mobilization. (time and expertise).
  8. Soccer boots / shoes.