60% of the population in Commonwealth States is made up of young people. These young people voices needs to be heard to ensure that they are counted by being part of policy development and being key decision makers in matters affecting them. We are committed to give young people a platform to express themselves through sports so as to give key recommendation on policy development in matters sports.
Mathare Foundation is well known for organizing football training and tournaments and recently Beyond Football Mathare Champions League in Mathare slums and its environs. We have been able to reach out to 30 organized football teams through our football tournaments. We have about 5,000 young people who have participated in our football tournaments. About 20,000 community members have attended our football tournaments.
Beyond Football Mathare Champions League is a project of the Mathare Foundation and it was started as a result of the need of the children in Mathare slums and it’s environs who wanted to take part in some structured competition.
Beyond Football Mathare Champions League is a year football championship. The league has attracted 16 boys team and 7 girls team from Mathare slums and it’s environs. The participants/players are under 13 years. Each team has 15 players and 2 coaches. We are reaching out to 391 participants. The league is divided into two categories that is boys and girls category. Our participants come from different religions and nationality. We do not discriminate anyone based on their race, color, gender or religion or political affiliation.
The league has been able to attract some media houses. This experience to the young people has always been amazing. Teams such as Page Vision, True Colors and Mathare Girls Soccer have gotten the opportunity to get some publicity through media. Clearly, this shows that the league is in place to support local talent.
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