Football holiday camp for Kenyan children

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Kenyan kids have a chance to take part in a football training camp during the April holidays that will help them learn some social skills.

''The camp does not only shape talents but is also a way for children to interact with each other children and  teaches children about how to be responsible  members of the society,'' said Agnes Akinyi, a 28 year old football trainer at the camp. “The soccer camp provides a perfect social platform where children from diverse backgrounds mingle, share ideas hence staying away from bad influences during the holiday. It also makes it easier for parents to keep track of their children whereabouts.”

The camp which was started in 2007, has groomed thousands of students to excel both in academics and sports.

Nancy, whose 7 year old son is at the camp is optimistic that the training will positively change attitudes of her child on many issues. ''Negative vices can only be reduced by systematic programmes like holiday sporting activities,'' said Nancy.

The camp has seen many children and especially girls enrol. “Children get a chance to strengthen their tackling, defence and offence skills in football,” she said. “We also focus on drills, rules, individual exercises to strengthen each child and team building."

Akinyi has partnered with leading institutions in Nairobi including Aga Khan Sport Centre Nairobi, Sags Soccer Academy who won the 2013 mini world cup championship tournament and International School of Kenya to build talents among students.

The camp admits kids of age between 5 -17 years. For an hour training session, Akinyi charges Sh1000 per hour and half paid in cash or via mobile money transfer mode, M-pesa.

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