The YOUTH of Nairobi and its environs have numerous talents and potentials, which could be harnessed for their better future, and produce future stars of THE MARIGA’s & OLIECH’s of Kenya. To help them nurture these talents and aspirations to near full potential, Sports will play a crucial role.  It is envisaged in the spirit of promoting the youth to live positively instead of engaging in criminal and other dangerous activities – drug abuse, premarital sex, among others. For a along time the youth, Have remained idle and inactive. Gangland modes of behavior threaten to infiltrate the students and completely change the peaceful way of doing things. Upon this realization, it is intended to strengthen the capacities of the students and to shape their destiny and put in place measures that will create increased awareness on matters concerning them through sporting activities. These issues include public health and environmental management.

One of the initial steps towards this project is the soccer talent search, seminars and workshops to assess the response among the targeted YOUTH, for example, about 10% (200 students in the area and environs) of the YOUTH population will take part in the soccer talents search as participants and another 20% (300 YOUTH) will be present to cheer the fellow YOUTH, the Festival shall last up to 10 days after schools have closed at the end of November (from the closing date). I intend to also hold a basketball, volleyball, netball and swimming sessions to attract a big scope of participants.

Each exercise in this training is formation based, that is, the exercises can be used to improve: player movement on and off the ball, pass selection, vision, shooting, possession, passing technique and ball distribution, among others technical and tactical aspects of the game, using a positional, progressive and directional training exercises. “My obsession with perfecting details–that is, reducing mistakes and eliminating sloppiness has applied to teaching players, individually and as a unit, the hundreds of specific interrelated movements required for correct passing, pivoting, dribbling, screening, shooting, blocking, receiving, and more. The formula I used to teach this is uncomplicated: explanation, demonstration, imitation correction, when necessary and then repetition, repetition, repetition, and more repetition.”

Some of the values i would like to see in our programmes in order to create a lasting and positive experience for our players and their parents. Examples: Coaching youth athletes is a tremendous responsibility, and Let players and parents know exactly what you expect from them. It takes a lot of little steps to get to reach the peak. It takes time, thought and effort to plan each of those steps. Top coaches know that many, if not hundreds of “little” skills combine to produce big results.

  1. Fun
  2. Integrity
  3. Teamwork
  4. Respect
  5. Effort
  6. Persistence
  7. Determination
  8. Generosity
  9. Willingness to learn
  10. Winning
  11. Focus on the positive
  12. Work ethic
  13. Sportsmanship
  14. Accountability
  15. Communication
  16. Conditioning
  17. Preparation
  18. Timeliness

‘Working with the boys/girls I’ve learned that the most effective way to forge a winning team is to call on the players need to connect with something larger than themselves. Even for those who don’t consider themselves “spiritual” in a conventional sense, creating a successful team whether it’s a world champion or a record setting sales force is essentially a spiritual act. It requires the individuals involved to surrender their self interest for the greater good so that the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts”

The importance of being on time, every time on the ten days of the programme, It may seem obvious, but one of the most important elements of team success is being on time, with all the right gear, for games and practices. Showing up late shows disrespect, wastes valuable time that you never get back, and generally communicate the (negative) value of sloppiness. I SHALL Set a zero tolerance policy for being late and enjoy the results. This approach may be most appropriate for older players since parents with young children often encounter challenges in getting to their activities on time. However, even with younger children, you can reinforce that value consistently by congratulating those who do make it on time.

Congratulations to you for investing your time in the lives of young athletes. You have a huge opportunity to have a ton of fun, but also to create a lasting and positive impact on the many players, parents, coaches, and officials you will interact with. If you want to have a more powerful experience and create teams that win more often.

RICHARD K.MADEGWA is a business coach specializing in leadership development. He lives in KASARANI NAIROBI KENYA with his wife and four children. RICHARD created the Kasarani Youth Sports Association for the youth of kasarani 1999, and coached the south Sudan new nation national team under 19. He has certificates from all recognized sporting associations in Africa and is the founder of KYSA INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (the mother company that sponsors KASARANI YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION, publisher of the KYSA YOUTH MAGAZINE for hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, football, and volleyball. RICHARD is available for keynote speeches and workshops.

  1. BALL WORKS: DAY 1:-During introductions, we coaches would like to know how much the players understand in terms of ball control in an individual circumstances, its from this session that the coaches may understand the kind of players we have and how far can we push them in terms of performance. Soccer is all about the ball, the more the players have the feeling of the ball its makes his/her work easier in ball control and handling it. Majority of the players have never handled the ball on individual basis, it’s easy to note who can handle ball under pressure and without pressure. This lesion (drill) helps the players to have confidence when handling the ball.
  1. SMALL MARKED GROUNDS: DAY 2:- For young players to understand the mode of play, small grounds are particularly used to set up small games for the players to understand the need to pass the ball around in an difficult situation. This small ground helps the player understand the need to move in a new position in order to receive a pass and at the same time support team mate under pressure. It gives the players confidence to hold on to the ball whenever a team mate is not available for a pass. It’s from these small drills that we get players like messi, who can hold off opponents in order to get his team mate in position.
  2. BALL WORKS: DAY 3:- majority of the players are normally poor in ball control with other parts of the body, these drill helps players to able to use the other parts of the body i.e. chest, head, thigh, heel, all this allows the player to control the ball nicely and makes it easy for them to face the opponent when the ball is well controlled.
  3. SMALL GROUP GAMES (smaller pitches): DAY 4:- in match situations the players find themselves in difficult situation, and this help them over come such situations, by training in small grounds and in small groups, players understand situation where they can hold the ball or pass in order to make movements.
  4. SPEED WORKS: DAY 5:-All the players to be fit and speed work helps the players with the needed fitness, short sprints, middle range sprints, long sprints all these are important to a quality player, sprints are normally in different forms using different items to show the agility of each player when faced with abstractions.
  5. BODY BUILDING: DAY 6:- Players need the body building to prepare the players to difficult situation when falling or facing stronger players than themselves. With the right body size, height and weight a player is ready to face the opponent.
  6. POSITIONING: DAY 7:-it’s important that players learn to play in position as early as possible, this helps the player to understand which areas to cover during training and match sessions. For one to understand the areas they cover, this can only be done in a training session where by the position are illustrated to the player in board and field situations. Young players adapt faster to new techniques and this would be the best opportunity for the players to start adjusting to their strength in terms of position. In soccer on the brave play in front, the cowards play at the back the clever play in the middle. You may want to ask yourself why the observation, the answers are very clear, strikers are very brave guys who can take on defenders without fear, they sometimes brought down with heavy challenges, knocked and all sorts of tackles from the cowards at the back. Most industrious players like playing in the middle mid-field where they have the fill of the ball whether its going upwards or downwards towards there goal.
  7. FINISHING/SHOOTING SPACE DAY 8:- Shooting drills are done at the very end after the players have the ability to go through others, then for the them to have a go at the goal; shooting or finishing comes in handy. Not all players are comfortable in front of the goal, some are shy why some are aggressive.
  8. PASSING DRILLS DAY 9:-Young players need to learn more in passing drills, as this help them get the ball rolling all the time. players learn to weigh the pass and shot while in scoring or a position to pass the ball.