Post by Everton News. on Jul 10, 2019 11:51:18 GMT
Everton in the Community make an impact in Kariobangi
Ahead of Everton Football Club taking on Kenyan Premier League side Kariobangi Sharks in the SportPesa Trophy on Sunday 7 July, coaches from Everton in the Community – the Club’s official charity - spent five days in Kariobangi delivering programmes and activities for children, men and women.
The charity’s presence in Kenya saw five of its coaches embed themselves in the local community delivering programmes that has been specifically developed and tailored to meet the social and psychological needs of those living in Kariobangi and helped to equip the children and their families with important skills, tools and health messages for the future.
Through a series of football coaching and multi-sports sessions for the young children of Kariobangi, female only exercise and fitness sessions as well as health and wellbeing sessions for young males, the Everton in the Community coaches worked to leave a lasting legacy in the area and helped teach the participants the skills they need to inspire their community to live more active and healthy lifestyles.
The charity’s coaches also spent time delivering educational classroom sessions to the local children, using Everton as a tool to teach basic maths and English and took part in a variety of social action projects across the area such as spending time socialising and playing board games with elderly residents at Kariobangi Cheshire Home, meeting children at the ABC School for Orphans and planting trees at Kariobangi North Primary School where they are rebuilding an orchard to help the students learn about agriculture and enterprise skills for selling the produce to local markets.
Everton in the Community’s work in Kariobangi was also supported by former Everton players and Club Ambassadors Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar who came along to show their support to the coaches and got involved with one of the coaching sessions for local children. The two former Blues also helped distribute boxes of kit to the local community from SportPesa’s ‘Kits For Africa’ campaign in conjunction with Everton Football Club.
Reflecting on the visit, Everton in the Community’s Health and Wellbeing Manager Johnnie Garside said “We pride ourselves on the work we do locally, but when you have the chance to translate that in somewhere like Kenya, it’s a massive privilege.
“We received such a warm welcome from everyone we met in Kariobangi and I hope that we have managed to equip the local community with some basic tools and skills to help them lead a better life with increased hope and aspirations for their future. It has been a pleasure to spend the week with the wonderful people of Kenya and I look forward to returning in the future to see how the community has developed.”
Everton in the Community Chief Executive Officer Richard Kenyon said: “While our main focus is understandably in North Liverpool we regularly undertake work overseas so the opportunity to make a difference through our recent trip to Kenya was something our team relished. We were keen to use our knowledge to develop a week-long programme of activities for the Kariobangi community that we hope will now provide them with new life skills to help them in their futures.
“Our team of staff had a great time and we’re sure have made a positive lasting impression on the people we worked with. I’d like to thank everyone in Kariobangi for the extremely warm welcome that was extended to us and we look forward to returning to see the new friends we have made in Kenya soon.”
Stephen Otieno, Kariobangi community mobiliser added: “I’m really thankful for this opportunity to have Everton train the community and especially our youth, which will be a good foundation in their football growth.”
To wrap up their stay in Kenya, Everton in the Community held a community celebration event in the heart of Kariobangi where local families took part in a traditional sports day with multi-sports activities, running events, sack races and a tug-of-war.