The players of the Girls U13 team at Victoria Sports Association, Highridge, have every reason to be in this facility to develop their talents.
Up to some time ago, many of these players were begging passersby for help on a local highway in Highridge. Now, they are able to explore and develop their talent and to go back to school, which they had had to abandon in the past due to financial and family problems.
“I saw these young girls begging on the streets, and I thought about how I could help them in a way that would help them to obtain their rights in the society. I thought we could do the sames as with the boys: use sports to help them go back to school. Many girls replied that they did not know how to kick the ball, but I reassured them that I would teach and train them” explains Otieno, who arrived 2nd in the Transform Kenya Awards behind Tecla Lorupe.He started the girls’ team with six players between the ages of 8 and 13.
They have come a long way from the past and the troubles on the streets. The girls have showed great willingness to develop their talent. Just last year, in 2013, they were Champions in the CHRISC NAIROBI tournament, where they beat Githogoro 2-0 in the final.
In 2014, at the Tanzania East Africa the girls won the Fair Play Cup, which is the most honored trophy in the tournament.
Well done VSA Queens, keep it up! (You can read about VSA girls here)
Story written by Patrick Kilavuka