FIFA officials in Kenya to launch Football for Schools programme

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FOOTBALL FIFA officials in Kenya to launch Football for Schools programme

Joel Omotto 09:46 - 27.07.2023

The directors from the world football governing body are keen to ensure Kenyan children benefit from the initiative starting at primary school level.

FIFA's Football for Schools Director Fatimata Sidibe and Manager Antonio Buenano are in Kenya for a three-day programme that will see over 50 teachers across the country trained as coach educators.

The programme, a joint initiative with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will be launched in Kakamega on Sunday with FKF president Nick Mwendwa set to grace the occasion alongside the FIFA delegation.

Through the programme, FIFA aims at impacting over 700 million children, both boys and girls, across the globe. The programme has been designed to promote targeted life skills and competencies through football and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other priorities.

In Kenya, the programme is set to directly benefit over 2,000 schools.

“Youth and women’s football remain key in FKF’s football development agenda. Since children spend most of their time in school, we believe that we can directly impact them through capacity building of our teachers with coaching education and provision of football equipment,” said Michael Amenga, FKF’s Head of Technical.

The programme will kick off with a football and life skills training session for 50 coach educators, a selected group of teachers drawn from all 47 counties across the country, who have an interest in primary school football.

On Sunday, children, both boys, and girls, from selected schools in Western Kenya, will converge at the Bukhungu Stadium for the official launch of the programme.

They will be taken through small-sided football games and life skills training.

Beyond the launch, schools participating in the programme will receive footballs and training equipment, and the coach educators will go on to train primary school teachers in their regions to trickle down the knowledge gained to the primary school children.