The North Wales Dragons Community Football Team have created a partnership with fellow community team Hearts of Ruiru of Nairobi, Kenya.
“The Hearts of Ruiru sports centre is a community based club that was established in 2012 by Mary Mbaka and whose sole purpose is to use sports as a tool for social change. Hearts of Ruiru currently uses the most loved sport (soccer) as a platform to address the community’s most pressing issues through a whole life-coaching program. These issues include drug and substance abuse (ADSA), juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancies and dropping out of school.
Hearts of Ruiru creates a safe space for children to play, learn life skills and keep away from careless and irresponsible behaviours. Through the soccer program, children are able to build resilience and reduce antisocial behaviours. Our mentorship programs help in increasing awareness, positive behaviour and thereby addressing the risk factors in our community that may lead to drug use and juvenile delinquency.
Since its initiation 8 years ago, Hearts of Ruiru has had more than 150 players. All the players are from around Ruiru town and its environs with the biggest percentage schooling at Mukuyu primary school or living inside the prison staff training college.
Hearts of Ruiru caters for children and youths aged 9-18 years of age, both male and female and especially those from underprivileged and vulnerable homes. These include children from poverty stricken homes, children with absent parents, single parents, orphans and neglected children but still accommodating talented kids who have a heart to play.
The main playing and training facility is at Ruiru prison as the club also has exchange programs with youths incarcerated at Ruiru prison most of whom are from the larger part of Ruiru constituency. Coaching offered is free and aims at developing talents and deviating children and youths from engaging in social crimes.
The age categories in the centre include
· Under 11
· Under 13
· Under 15
· Under 17
· Seniors (18-20)
The intention of the centre is to use as many disciplines as possible with a keen interest on expanding to volleyball, athletics, rugby, basketball, lawn tennis and board games. Moving forward we want to bring up a generation of professional players who know Christ and that will make all the difference. We want to make Christ known through professional play. A Christ centered player will fight the temptation of drug and substance abuse, will stay away from drug and will cultivate a high degree of self discipline, self esteem and will have a n integrity to protect.
Hearts of Ruiru entirely depends on parents and well-wishers to run the program”.
We are thrilled to partner with them and be able to watch their journey continue.
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