In addition to the annual Eastlands Solidarity Championship which kicks off on December 12th, 2012, The World Youth Alliance Africa has partnered with Coackroach Club Exchange based in New York, Mathare Youth Sports Association and the state Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports in hosting a one day pilot football tournament that is aimed to reward and uplift the profiles of young footballers who are skilled as well as in school work and in community involvement.
The tournament themed ‘I Believe’ will be held on the 8th December 2012 at the Starehe Boys High School in Nairobi. The competition targets youth between 17- 21 years in schools. The tournament will utilize mobile technology in determining the community and fan favourites through Sms voting.
The tournament aims at nurturing the whole person and bringing out role models who are good in and out of the pitch. The World Youth Alliance Africa is involved due to their prior use of sports for education and social mobilization.
The Eastland Solidarity Championship in its third edition this year, has attracted a total of 16 teams from the eastland slums and will take place in Dandora Primary school. Apart from creating awareness on social issues like HIV/Aids, good governance among the youth, the tournament has given the disadvantaged youth a platform to nurture and express their sporting talents and learn such skills as team work and communication.