What we do at Kenya Lacrosse
Kenya Lacrosse is extremely proud to provide coaching for approximately 400 athletes. The sport has now been introduced into an academy in Nairobi and 14 schools around Western Kenya.
These have been split into 4 regions which come together to train and compete, as often as finances permit. From these teams the top 30 athletes are invited to participate in elite squad weekends.
We employ a resident coach, a strength and conditioning trainer and we have international volunteer coaches who join our national team camps run several times a year. These volunteers have so far come from the UK, USA and Australia to assist but we welcome anyone with relevant experience. If you are interested in volunteering please learn more here. We have also run separate community clinics to clear ‘jiggers disease’ – the depilating condition that can severely affect our athlete’s feet and their families and help at local orphanges.
Our athletes are from hugely disadvantaged backgrounds, it’s not uncommon for them to have lost one or both parents. The majority arrive at training sessions without food, water or kit and can't afford the basic bus fare of $1.20 which means they walk a great distance to get to the fields (maybe a link to some of the girls stories). Often, some of them are excluded from school if their parents/guardians haven't paid for school fees, (in Kenya parents/guardians are required to pay for utilities and non-teaching staff, in some schools they also have to pay for food and uniforms. The fee is not capped). The reality is that if they are not at school they can’t play lacrosse. The even harsher reality is that if there is very limited food for our players and their siblings at home and if they don't get to lacrosse they are not always fed.
As you can imagine, knowing that our athletes have absolutely no means of providing even water or the bus fare for their training sessions, it’s a sad fact that they are unable to contribute in any way to the funding needed to support them as an international player.
Our Aim is to:
- Provide our athletes with a performance programme to help them develop skills and enhance their natural sporting ability.
- To organise squad weekends and Elite training camps tailored to develop team cohesion and ready for competition.
Welfare and Education
- To ensure all our athletes are fed, watered and provided with basic necessities such as sports bras, toothpaste and sanitary products.
- To provide health screening.
- To carry out health workshops outlining essential health and personal hygiene information.
- To give educational workshops focusing on developing life skills to assist with communication and employability.
Kit and Equipment
- To provide trainers, sports clothing and lacrosse sticks.
- N.B. Crucially, we have identified that sport gives the girls positive respect in their communities, particularly in the way they are treated by men. The sports kit is a visual reminder to their community that they are part of a sports team and reinforces this positive impact.