As well as giving the Club the opportunity to play in front of more than 60,000 passionate Kenyan football fans at the Kasarani Stadium in a game against Gor Mahia, Champions of the Kenyan Premier League, the trip took on a more humbling feel as the players and coaching staff visited a number of important local community projects.
The projects were varied and wide-ranging, but at the heart of them all was the mission to combat urban poverty and gender inequity.
Those visits also gave the Club the chance to hand out the mass amounts of football kit and equipment donated by fans during the Kits For Africa campaign last Christmas with 25 teams benefitting from the generosity of Tigers fans. The campaign was run in conjunction with SportPesa and was aligned with their on-the-field aim of developing grassroots football on the African continent.
And while members of the first team squad played street football with local youngsters, members of the coaching staff dropped in on local sides Vapour FC and Kangemi Patriots to deliver coaching sessions and give a flavour of what professional footballers do on a daily basis.
Elsewhere the Club’s medical and sports science staff put on a workshop for officials from local Kenyan leagues to give them an improved understanding of the importance of strength and conditioning work, with the whole trip having a football, community and educational feel.
We’re delighted that our partnership with SportPesa has now been nominated for Partnership of the Year at the 2018 Football Business Awards, with winners set to be announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday 22nd November. We would like to thank everybody who has helped to make this partnership such a success.