Sports Development Archives

Posted by Regina on May 28, 2014 12:45 PM

Football Time!

On Monday our under 12's team took part in the Murang’a County Football Tournament, a great opportunity for our team to show off the skills they have learnt during their weekly training sessions.

There were many other teams taking part in the tournament but the Miale Team could easily be spotted in their new red football strips which they wore with pride!



Team Miale on the left


Posted by Regina on May 14, 2014 12:09 PM

New Football Strips for Miale Outreach Kids!

There was much excitement recently at the Miale Outreach Project in Kandara when the children received new football strips! The strips were very kindly donated by long term Johari supporters, Giffnock Soccer Centre. The kids were so excited to do their Saturday training session in their new kit!

Some of the children have never played football in a full strip before so this was a new experience for them!

One of the kids said, "Now that I have my new football strip I'm going to win every game!"







Posted by Regina on February 1, 2014 11:12 AM

Soccer is Fun Fun Fun!

Soccer training resumed for the children in Miale Outreach after a long December holiday. They had a challenging first session with a tournament on a very hot day. The warm weather didn't stop them and even while playing bare foot they couldn't hide their excitement.


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The children had invited their friends along to watch the tournament, they did a great job of cheering on our team and even danced when our team won!

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They are now training hard for their next tournament in April.

Posted by Regina on October 18, 2013 9:24 AM

Miale Football Team Learn New Skills

Saturday 12th October was a busy day for the Miale Football Teams as they trained hard learning and improving new skills such as ball passing and control, speed control and teamwork.

ft%20drill%202.jpg The team with their coach

ft%20ball%20drill%203.jpg Kamau made sure he was not left behind


The team were happy to be learning new techniques during training and it was soon time to test their new found skills with a friendly match between the teams.

One of the players said “I’m going to train my village the new skills I have learnt. They will be happy!"


After their challenging training session and friendly match, it was time for the players to get some snacks and take a well deserved rest. The smiles on their faces could tell it was a day well spent!

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Posted by Regina on September 27, 2013 1:14 PM

Miale Soccer Team Celebrate Their First Win!

There was lots of celebrations as the Miale Soccer Team won it's first friendly match. The team which consist of boys under 12 years old won with a 2-0 score in a friendly match against local school, Kandara Primary.

The team showed off their new skills and techniques learnt during training sessions with their coaches.



After the match one boy from the Miale Soccer Team said;
“We won because we played our very best. I thank Johari Foundation for enabling us to showcase our talents”.


Posted by Regina on July 6, 2013 10:52 AM

Miale Soccer Team On The Move!



The Miale Soccer Team at the Outreach Programme in Kandara have been meeting every Saturday and have been having a great time showcasing their football skills!

The team comprises of three local schools and have been grouped into two age categories, 12 years and under and 14 years and over.


Johari Foundation strives to identify and nurture children's soccer talents for the sole purpose of their development. We hope to engage many more kids into the programme in the near future.

Do you have a passion for football and a desire to help empower vulnerable children and young adults in Kenya? We would love to hear from you!


Posted by Regina on April 23, 2013 1:27 PM

Miale football and netball clubs finally in Kandara


Football and netball club have been established in Outreach . It’s a merge of kids from three partnering schools. Each team consists of 30 kids both girls and boys. It’s so exciting!

Day one was .........getting to know each other and rules of the game.

Day two was.............. introduction to some drills and fitting in uniforms

The clubs are now set to go. Kids are excited. The head teachers from our partnering schools are very supportive. They are happy that some of their best players have been given an opportunity to join the clubs. This is going to be a major activity during holiday and Chris is determined to make the clubs the best in the area.

Can’t wait to watch the first tournament!

Posted by Foundation on July 2, 2012 9:41 AM

Miale Football Stars

The football fans on the Miale Programmes have been inspired by the incredible talent shown during Euro 2012 and are working harder than ever to improve their football skills.


The Miale Football Team meets every Saturday to train and develop their skills. They certainly don't let the lack of equipment and field space get in the way of their dreams of becoming professional footballers.


Identifying and nurturing the passions and aspirations of the children on the Miale Programmes is a role that Johari Foundation feel is vital to their development and confidence levels.

Posted by Foundation on May 30, 2012 11:22 AM

Miale Team Head for Coca Cola Under-17 Soccer Championship

The 2012 Under-17 Coca Cola sponsored tournament was launched on the 8th of May in a colorful ceremony at Nyayo National Stadium (Nairobi).The event looks like being a very competitive one and Coca Cola have invested lots of resource in the tournament.

The Miale team have again been invited to participate in this tournament which kicks off in June at selected venues country wide. We have started preparing for the tournament despite a number of challenges that we are facing including: - lack of training time due to the busy school schedule.

We wish our team all the best as we mentor them to become professional footballers.


Posted by Foundation on May 16, 2012 9:56 AM

Sporting Activities for Miale Children

Many children on the Miale Programmes are involved in different sports e.g. volleyball, netball, football etc. They are very proud because this involvement has assisted them in personal growth and development. Miale football club in Kibera and Muranga is one of the many clubs which the organisation has initiated. The clubs are comprised of talented children who are ready to advance their football skills to a higher level.

During the holiday programme the children met and participated in some warm-ups before engaging in a training session and then some seven-aside. They had lots of fun and are looking forward to improving their performance by taking par in more training sessions.

Wilson, one of the very talented boys said - “I want to be like David Beckham when I grow up”!

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Posted by Regina on April 25, 2012 12:36 PM



13 years old George Oluoch may not know that he shares a name with one of the world’s greatest players the legendary GEORGE BEST who played for Manchester united and England. But one thing he knows for sure is that he is the top player in the under 14 team that has been making good progress in their development.

George is our under 14 captain. What a player and a leader the boy has been to our team! Apart from his football ability, he has also been a good example to the rest of the players displaying great leadership skills. George is well behaved and takes up other responsibilities that might be well above him given his tender age.

In the absence of the coach, he takes the leading role by organizing his team mates and taking them through the drills and coaching sessions with such authority that you can only admire. The players respect him a lot and this has made him a very influential player in the team.

The under 12 and under 8 teams refer to him as coach because during his free time he takes them through coaching sessions. For all these GEORGE is our BEST player!


Posted by Regina on April 20, 2012 12:20 PM



Kids Joy made a sports donation of balls and playing strips to the International Humanitarian Home in Nakuru, Kenya on 31st March, 2012. The home which takes care for orphaned and abandoned children from the Pokot Community entirely relies on donations and well wishers.

The donations we made were well received with a lot of excitement from the kids there who love playing games and sports during their free time. The orphanage administrator thanked Kids Joyfor the kind gesture which she said will go a long way in assisting the home meet their sporting needs. Thanks to all our partners who have made this possible!

Posted by Regina on November 2, 2011 10:40 AM


Kids joy sports center has been in existence for the last 8 years and what a journey it has been from the time we took up the challenge to make a difference in the lives of young promising Kenyans. We have achieved a lot since we set up the program despite the many challenges that we face in our area of operation.

Identifying a talent and developing it especially in a child is something to be happy about. Our trainings will definitely make a difference in the talented children and change their lives to the best- that’s our aim.


Johari foundation who is the major supporter of the program has been very supportive and has stood by in every task that we have under taken and it is for this reason that we have decided to take stock of our achievements.

For the next two months, we shall trace some of our former players/members to see how they are fairing in their lives and how kids joy impacted their lives. This will involve stating their profile and carrying out personal interviews on their lives and reporting on one player every week in our blog. So join me starting next few weeks as we trace our former players and find out what they are up to.

Posted by Foundation on September 6, 2011 11:57 AM


A new page was opened in Kenyan football when our very own Victor Wanyama became the first ever Kenyan player to sign a professional contract to turn out for Celtic football club in the Scottish premier league. Victor Wanyama was signed from Germinal Beerschot Antwerp f.c. which is a first division club in the Belgium Republic where he played in two successive years before making his dream move to Scotland. This is a clear indication that Kenyan football has come of age and can now boast of producing quality players who can match the top players from anywhere in the world. Victor is a product of the many youth soccer programs in Kenya that seek to identify young talent and groom them to their full potential. One such programme is Kids Joy Sports Center which is supported by Johari Foundation and prides itself in training young players in their two centres in Nairobi and Nakuru towns. It is worth mentioning at this point that Victor Wanyama honed his skills at JMJ soccer centre in Nairbi and is the younger brother of Inter Milan'sMc Donald Mariga who is also a product of the Kenyan youth system. These are players who have brushed shoulders with players of Kids joy in various tournaments that both clubs participated in, and so Victor wanyamas move to Scotland gives a lot of hope to the many Kenyan youth who are hoping to turn pro one day.




Posted by Regina on August 10, 2011 11:56 AM



July was a busy month with weekly training at our centres with one major activity taking place. We participated in the Safaricom sakata challenge where we faired very well with a podium finish in the men’s category. One of our players was voted the most promising player of the tournament. Very exciting! The more reason why Kids Joy should be very vibrant.
Kids joy seeks to:-

•To promote children in sports
•Discovering talent and promote the best young footballers in Miale and in different parts
of Kenya
•Give children an avenue to expose their talents to the country,
•To take their football to a higher level and to help the children live their dream

Sports being a key area where children learn and grow through social interaction, Kids joy ensures that children learn football skills from a very young age as well as sharing and interaction. We also give the children a great opportunity to have fun considering that they all come from very vulnerable backgrounds where fun is not a priority. Kudos Kids Joy!


Posted by Foundation on July 4, 2011 10:05 AM

Involving children in sports

Kid’s joy sports centre is a youth based sports programme for children in Kenya who come from under privileged back grounds. Most of the kids that we teach are orphans, destitute and those who are poor and mainly live in the slums, orphanages or low cost housing. Our programme seeks to put a smile on their faces through sports and this we achieve by providing them with an opportunity to play their favorite sport at our centres. We provide them with basic sporting equipments e.g. balls, training equipments, strips, playing boots e.t.c. We also carry out weekly training sessions at our centers where the kids are taught important values apart from the normal sports training. Our outreach programme gives support to other youth centers, children’s homes and schools by providing them with basic sporting equipment and offering basic coaching courses. We also organize youth soccer tournaments both in the urban and rural areas.

Posted by Regina on July 12, 2010 12:50 PM

Tournament success

Considering that this was the first ever Johari seven aside tournament, the turnout was very impressive.DSC_0221.jpg
The seven participating schools were more than happy to have been in the pilot tournament.

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we feel proud having achieved our objective. The fun filled day was more than we could think of. Having placed different schools in the pitch for this inaugural event, the participants showed nothing less of joy and fun.

This to me as the social development manager left a mark in my heart that we as Johari were able to leave a mark in the lives of the participants, even if it was only for a day, but the impact was great.

Getting Companies to partner or sponsor the tournament was the main challenge. Though the event has lessons to learn, we are proud to have kicked off so well in spite of everything. We have created relationship with schools and a few companies as we look forward to a bigger event next year which will involve even Girls teams.

Posted by Foundation on October 26, 2009 8:14 AM

Business skills taught via team building

This day we took the young girls in the apprenticeship program (YEP) out into the field to teach them a few things about business. And there was no other better way than that of using practical team building activities and experiential learning.
One of the games that were used included the football game. And this is a snippet of the story as written by Lilian Wanja.
The game was a football game. Two teams in the same field and having a common goal, to score. Only now there are competing and protecting there own goal area the opponents not to score.
In all business there is competition. It is the business person to organize his/her team to win the game and prove the better business person.