Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Football Team Established

YOSSO UNITED boy's team with YOSSO executive director, Prosper Mambo (right in back row) and Head coach, Hassan Pazi (in yellow shirt at back row) at Ukombozi play ground

Within Ukombozi Primary School play ground, a new sport club, YOSSO UNITED was established early in the March 2012. Hassan Pazi volunteered to coach the club.A trained coach, Pazi is
experienced in football coaching, programme co-ordination, networking and advocacy having worked for YOSSO projects more than a year.The project  will focus to empower children and families to become self sufficient through sport and physical activity education, health, food security and environmental programs. The immediate focus will be on life skills and HIV/AIDS education to children ( boys and girls) between 6 and 14 years old.

Children enjoy sport activities

In March, sports/activity day was organized by the community programme team. The event was held in the grounds of Ukombozi Primary School. Along with their trainers, the event was attended by 277 children from disadvantage communities in and around Manzese slums. The children enjoyed a day of running, singing, dancing, football and other activities. For the vast majority of them, it was the first time they had ever experienced in athletic sports. Progress was also made with identification for potential children who would attend the next session of  leadership course.

All youth and children at YOSSO program have to go through the youth development training curriculum at the center. Youth and children who shows interest and leadership qualities can then be trained as peer leaders, By providing sport and physical activity for children as well as life skills training at  the center, will contribute towards social economic empowerment of around 18,000 children from vulnerable groups around Manzese ward.