Stanbic Bank Kenya is sponsoring the 2018 Stanbic Football Festival of Friendship that showcases football as a catalyst for positive engagement and inspiration for youth from the slums of Nairobi.
The festival to be held on Saturday at the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) headquarters in Nairobi, follows last year’s inaugural Football Festival of Peace. Alongside two categories of football tournaments, for youth under 10 years and those under 14 years; a series of workshops are also lined up for participants.
Speaking when he presented the sponsorship cheque to Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama, who is the Jersey2Africa Football Foundation brand ambassador, Stanbic Bank’s senior manager for Communication and Events, Willis Angira said: “At Stanbic Bank, Kenya is our home and we drive her growth.
One of the ways we are driving Kenya’s growth is by giving back to communities in the areas in which we operate, such as here in Nairobi where today we are giving back to the residents of Mathare by sponsoring a football festival to cement relations in the community.
Football as you are aware has given Kenya one of its greatest ambassadors in Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama who started his career in Mathare and we are proud to partner with him as the Jersey2Africa Football Foundation brand ambassador as we nurture talent in the hope of producing more Victors.”
At least 128 boys and girls will participate, as well as 32 coaches. It will have eight teams play off in the under-10 and under-14 categories. Each of the eight-member teams, comprising an equal number of boys and girls.
The workshops include: interactive football-inspired sessions highlighting how football can be used to deliver positive health-promoting behaviour for HIV awareness and prevention, as well as fun football games to promote healthy water, sanitation and health.