KIBERA BLACK STARS PROJECTS
Kibera Black Stars FC is the flag bearer of one of the biggest slums in Kenya, creating a positive impact in the community around its sport success.
We have a lot of projects in mind. Our actions in Kibera will be done in different steps and depending on the available resources. We hope that the coming of new sponsors will boost all the activities towards the community:
The senior team needs to be run in a more professionalized way. Due to the lack of funds, the quality of the sport kits has been poor and the quantity limited. Then, the officials of the clubs have been running to find funds among the community before any coming event (ex: transport for the next away match). The fans are doing their best, big thanks to them, but this situation cannot last. With the help of some sponsors, these weak points can be changed and the officials can plan more ahead. The welfare of the players and officials can be quite improved to encourage them to excel in sports. If the 1st team is run properly and and obtain good results on the field, it can act as a real locomotive / a motor for the other teams.
The sport educators need to receive some coaching courses to be able to improve their skills on the field.
After the promotion into Nationwide level, the purchase of a vehicle to play the away matches in other regions will become necessary.
Of course, even if at the beginning, the priority will be given to the seniors, the younger members in Slum Soka will never be neglected. They will continue to receive a great attention, especially through nice quality sport kits to play football in good conditions. We have to be put in place a real program towards youth. Indeed, they are the future Black Stars. In fact, we always give priority to the younger players even in the senior team.
The search of other financial means will be necessary:
Sponsoring by some
companies and banks in Kenya, sharing
our core values (hard work, discipline, respect, solidarity and ethics)
ready to join us on a long term basis to make all our projects sustainable,
On a win win process, we can offer our partners a large visibility on our sport kits, on the body of our bus all around the country, via media coverage locally and internationally, and during some important events (launching of a professional documentary, exhibition matches, through many educational and cultural projects...
We can in fact represent a worthy flag bearer of the Corporate Social Responsibility of our partners.
It is also necessary to
convince the Nairobi City Council to improve the sport
facilities around Kibera area.
1. Partner ships with a health centre and a school:
In order to provide a better health care to our members, we have to choose a well recognized clinic established in Kibera. This health centre will be tightly linked with our club. Our members will be registered there with a proper medical file and cards. In this way, they will be fit to play football and go to school. The nurses can also give advice to the players about a better hygiene at home, nutritional adjustments, prevention of some diseases (water, malaria, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual transmitted diseases, HIV aids...)
Then, we need to choose a school in the area for many of our
younger members to be enrolled there and further their
education in a good environment. They will be able to pay cheaper
fees in that school because they can play football competitions for the
school as well and help the school to get good results on the field. This
partnership could be an interesting base for our future sports academy.
Renovation of the tiny Isaac's pitch
The small play ground used by the youth of Slum Soka to perform different activities (soccer of course, but also tennis, karate, acrobatic gymnastics...) located deep inside the slum becomes very rocky due to the lack of drainage. The soil has been washed away especially in the rainy season. A solution has to be quickly found. We fixed a 4 meter field around the pitch but the consolidation of the mud walls around the pitch has to be done as well.
The present tiny club house is already a central spot in the social life of the slum. Many people gather there. But it is not so convenient. It will be interesting to build a multi purpose hall that can be used as a club house (office, meeting place, video show room...) This place could be also used by the youths of the area as a meeting hall, a playing space, a room to do the home works after school, class rooms for various courses (refreshing English, French classes), a community library, a small art gallery...
But it can also bring some income to the club if we can provide a TV and a satellite dish inside. The fans can pay a moderate fee to watch the matches. Non members will pay the normal price used in the commercial places around. Then, the coach can use the recorded matches to speak about tactics. We can also fix some computers (with internet / printers) and use the place as a small cyber cafe. We can put some games such as table tennis, snooker, baby foot… in the garden to make the place even livelier. We can also attach a small bar.
Some income generating activities
In order to bring more income to the club, to keep busy some
of our members outside the field and after school, then to provide some
cheaper services to the community of the area, some
micro projects can be put in place little by little.
Some ideas have already been raised up:
movie hall, internet cafe, car wash, tanks to distribute water in the
community, public toilets / washrooms, cleans up of the streets, farming and
poultry, small shope (clothes, sport items, grocery etc), moto taxis...
A partnership with foreign sport institutions and private clubs
These foreign partners can
invite our best players
to receive a training course abroad
for a short period when they can be on trial as well, or
to take part of an international youth tournament to be more exposed. The
officials of these clubs can also come and screen some very young talents.
They will help them to progress in better conditions here in Kenya before
some of them could get the
opportunity to play there in the future if these players have reached the
also try to improve the
training of the local sport educators, through
some courses under the responsibility of foreign confirmed experts.
2 ways will be explored: one via the French Ministry of
Foreign Affairs that can send instructors here and another one via private clubs in
Europe, who could invite some of the local coaches abroad,
by providing a more professional approach of high level sports and insisting
in the grassroots development.
In a near future, some tighter links could be developed with
the Kenyan Ministry of Education, by
creating a sport academy attached to a school, with an adapted timetable for training
sessions and matches. The local education authorities would be in charge of
the application of the school program and the recruitment of the teachers.
The French government, through
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could assist with the French courses
included in the school program of the students. It could
provide equipment and qualified staff
specialized in this kind of sport and study infrastructure.
The different courses offered could display the dynamics of football as a motivation for learning. The courses would take place, first, inside the premises of an existing school, where some special sport sections will be added.
Then, the building of a
real multi sports Academy could be developed.
This project can be explored in the future as a means of developing cooperation between France and Kenya in the field of education and sports.
In fact, this Football Academy in Kibera could be a kind of final achievement for the different projects that have been gradually organized inside the Black Stars since the beginning in the field of sports, social development, health and education...
What a great adventure ahead for all these youths from one of the biggest slums in Africa!!!
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