Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sadili's Girl Power Clubs Africa Celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Day

On 28th May 2016, Sadili's Girl Power Clubs Africa joined organizations around the world in celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day. But what exactly is this day all about again?

Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual awareness day that aims to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management for women and adolescent girls worldwide. The onset of menstruation is one of the most important changes occurring among girls during the adolescent years and it helps a great deal when girls are guided on how to go about it.

Throughout the past week from Tuesday 24th May, Ms. Everlyne Sigilai, Mr. Kevin Ayuko and Ms. Joy Akim who are social educators from Sadili Oval were visiting schools around Nairobi providing guidance and positive information around menstruation, and yesterday’s occasion marked the end of their campaign.

The event, held at Olympic High School in Kibera, was fun, challenging and equally enlightening. In the first session, the educators gave a general talk about menstruation and hygiene. The discussion revolved around: the meaning of menstruation, how to use and dispose sanitary pads, how to make and use reusable pads from soft clothes, how to use menstrual cups, understanding the menstrual cycle activity and group discussions about menstrual experiences.

This was followed by a session where the girls had a chance to ask questions. It is at this point that I discovered that the subject of menstruation is still clouded by deep-rooted taboos and myths that create the illusion that it is dirty and shameful.  To this day, some girls still believe that a woman (or girl) on her period should not be allowed to go to Church or anywhere next to the kitchen because she is dirty. It took a lot of time and energy for the social educators to convince them otherwise.

The question and answer session was followed by a short games session, then a quiz based on menstruation and finally snacks. The girls were asked to spread the word about menstruation to other girls, and were given posters to stick on walls around the school.

Girl Power Clubs Africa is a leadership program focused on providing girls with a chance to learn life skills and learn to make decisions that affect their lives and their communities positively.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Slum Basketball Tournament Showcases Kids' Talent

Children under WASH program from Kibera slum were treated to a basketball tournament  at Sadili Oval's dusty Kibera tennis and basketball court on Saturday 28th, May, 2016. The basketball tournament was organized by Sadili Oval staff among them were coaches Asha Adongo and Trizah Mboya.
Coach Adongo takes the captains through note-flipping method to determine which team starts the tournament.
52 talented and excited children between 8 and 12 years turned up for the tournament which kicked off at 3pm as Coach Adongo introduced a flipping – note method to determine which team would start. The kids were divided into two teams; Blue team and Red team respectively, each team was composed of seven players and two bench-servers from each side.

Among the spectators was the Kibera tennis court caretaker, Mr. Wasonga who enjoyed the tournament throughout. Some of the kids could not manage to sit down long enough when the Blue team scored their first goal instead they broke into a dance to celebrate making the game more interesting.
Due to the large numbers and need to give everyone a chance the first session of the tournament lasted for one hour before half – time break! The two coaches coordinated this entertaining tournament and introduced a 30-minutes training before the second part of the game, the goal was to introduce a life skill, highlight the mistakes made during first – half and to help the kids exercise.

A brief training moment to point mistakes made during first – half of the match.

In the second – half, which also took an hour, the game became a neck to neck battle since the two teams had locked scores 1-1 and each team wanted to emerge the winner. On the other hand, the fans became more cheerful and their undying support to the individual teams kept the players moving and more aggressive to defend the winning title.

Both teams battle for a chance to emerge the winner.      

Coach Trizah gives instructions to the kids during the training session

The whistle was blown on top of the hour to end the match and following an itch to have the winner from the lively spectators, the basketball rule had to be broken which added more fun into the day; a delightful session was introduced where all the players and the coaches, tried their luck to add in more scores for the respective teams. Coach Trizah managed a score for Blue team.

Team Green shoots in style!

The tournament came to an enthralling end with team Green having lost 3 – 2 to Blue team.

This court, originally an area used by women for cultivating vegetables, was offered by the women of Katwekera to Director, Dr. Liz Odera, for use as a safe space for their kids to learn sports. It has now become the only space available for open play, and life skill learning, managed by Sadili Oval's trained social educators and community coaches.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sadili Oval: Shaping the lives of children of Kibera through sports and life skills

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father", so said Roger von Oech, a contemporary American creativity guru. I couldn't agree more. Research shows that community  sport  programs  provide  children  marginalized  by  poverty, disability, family dissolution, ethno-cultural background and conflict with  training and team experiences to help develop effective social and communication skills, build positive relationships, make friends, and find social support.

This is exactly what the Kibera Tennis Court  offers, and it was no different on Saturday, 14th May 2016. The children played all sorts of games including basketball, tennis and hula hoop. They were guided by coaches from Sadili Oval Sports Academy, Trizah Mboya and Asha Adongo accompanied by one of Kenya's best basketball players, Zack Okong'o.

Zack Okong'o teaching the children basketball
Zack Okong'o teaching the children basketball
Playing the hula hoop: one of the children in action
Playing the hula hoop: one of the children in action
Seeing the children so happy and their coaches so relational and caring was extremely heart warming. The sense of community and level of resiliency displayed by these children once again reminded me why Sadili Oval believes in the power of sports.

Coach Trizah Mboya playing tennis with the children
Coach Trizah Mboya playing tennis with the children
The children take a group photo after games
The children take a group photo after games
I believe in the power of sports too. Do you?

Let them play!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Register For Online Sports Coach, PE, Manager & Gym/Aerobics Courses Level 1/2 Today!

Malezi College has announced recognized Gym & Aerobics, PE, Sports Level I and II Courses beginning on 7th November 2016.  Online learning is on offer, with practicals covered at convenient hours, at Sadili Oval Sports Academy.. Courses are recognized by the Government of Kenya.
Courses run at flexible times, payment plans and range from short cumulative tracks to the full 3-week track. Interested applicants should or call +254-729-062-087 or the application form and payment details.
Malezi College has an excellent track record of certifying more than 3,000 coaches and managers of sports in Africa.

2016 Sports Coaching Level 1 & 2
A. Sports Coach Level 1 (cumulative)
This is for an athlete who is beginning his/her coaching and sports management career. The Level 1 Course includes Level 1(d), which gives a good base to sports science, coaching models, front office, event management, First Aid and legal issues in sports. This theory section runs for 1 month and may be followed or preceded by professional certification for a desired sport in Levels 1 (a), 1(b), 1(c), according to the specific specialization selected in one of: Gym, fitness, soccer, aerobics, swimming and basketball. A candidate may receive a certificate on completion of each level. These courses are well recognized and offer a coach a chance to work at international and national levels.
Sports Coach Level 1(a): all sports
Coaching Beginner Players of 6 and under level
Ability to play your chosen, and adequate literacy.
8 hours (1 day) practical
3 Nov
Sports Coach Level 1(b): All sports Coaching Players of 8/10 and Under Level
Sports Coach Level 1(a) or equivalent
8 hours (1 day) practical
4 Nov
Sports Coach Level 1(c): All sports
Coaching Beginner Players to advanced beginners and includes:
Code of conduct, Developing Strategy and Tactics, Understanding the needs and expectations of the player, session planning, Progressions, strategy and tactics, Physical conditioning, Early diagnosis and correction and Managing change, Competitions and rules
Sports Coach Level 1(a) and (c), its equivalent or higher
8 hours (1 day) practical
5 Nov
Sports Coach Level 1 (d) – all sports Sports Science and Pegadagogy
At least 2 years playing a chosen sport, fluent in writing and reading. It completes the scientific background for the Level 1 Certification
3 weeks online, Written exams
7 Nov
B. Sports Unit Manager (Complete Course): managing and marketing programs, educating athletes, coaches, and parents. Leadership, management, administration, wellness, awareness, anti-­‐doping, Injuries and prevention, budgeting, using the computer to make your job easier.
Must have a recommendation letter from a sports facility that proves leadership and management ability.
3 weeks online, 12 hours practical
7 Nov
C. Sports Coach Level 1 (Complete Course) – Certificate in PE
KCSE/IGCSE &/or 2 years experience in any Sport
3 weeks online with 12 hours practical
 7 Nov
D. Sports Coaching Level 1 (Complete Course) -­‐ Gym and Aerobics Instructor Basketball, Soccer, Handball, Netball, Volleyball, Athletics, Swimming
KCSE/IGCSE &/or 2 years experience in any Sport. This is the complete course for Level 1 Certification
3 weeks online with 12 hours practical
,7 Nov
E. Sports Coaching Level 2 (Complete Course): all sports
Certificate in Level 1 or equivalent. This is the complete course for Level 2 Certification.
3 weeks online 18 hours practical
7 Nov
1 Day
 19 Nov