The WATOTO WASOKAModel
Currently, we offer regular free training to dozens of boys and girls, host tournaments and camps welcoming thousands of children from across the country and constantly widening our cooperation network with other institutions and organizations.
Our internal soccer teams of Sparta 09 are our pride and the most successful matchmaker for the future of our kids. Under the patronage of Watoto Wasoka, Sparta 09 entertains a senior team, a junior team and an array of age group teams ranging from U10 to U17. Since 2014, we also proudly host an equally strong girls’ side – Sparta 09 Ladies. We aim, and have succeeded – in presenting our teams in several major tournaments and leagues to representatives of primary and secondary schools with the authority to offer sport scholarships. By this, until today Watoto Wasoka has managed to facilitate access to education for more than 200 kids, offering them prospects that would otherwise have been forsaken for them.
The Sparta 09 teams however are just one pillar of our broader strategy and methodology. Through dedicated events, most prominently our annual WATOTO WASOKA SLUMS DERBY and WATOTO WASOKA FOOTBALL CAMP we call together kids in Kampala and beyond to join us not only for the joy of play of playing football, but more importantly as reach out to the kids and communities in the slums and villages. Our highlight in terms of turnout has been the 2014 Football Camp, for which more than 1,500 kids joined us for six days. We aim at integrating the best talents into our teams, offering them the path to further educational, career and personal development.
Today we offer regular free training to dozens of boys and girls, host tournaments and camps welcoming thousands of children from across the country and constantly widen our cooperation network with other institutions and organizations.
Finally, there are our dreams and plans about the next stage of our organization´s development: The Football Centre and presence in all slums of Kampala. Our overarching goal is to bring the benefits of WATOTO WASOKA to more kids in need. We believe that our organization, together with partners and independent trained individuals, could facilitate services of key importance for many kids and the surrounding communities. In our centre and offices, we will provide (besides football and play)
- Education services (homework support, special lessons (IT), vocational training)
- Career guidance
- Health and sex education
- “Classic” social work for slum kids, family mediation
- Safe harbour and social hub to slum kids and support character building
- Our three-pillar concept can be summarized visually as follows
Basic ICT training in partnership with Victorious School Computer Department during December holidays
Health Education through Football both as part of our football events and as stand-alone projects; we have already developed our own WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Football drills.
Through our HIV/AIDS training manuals obtained from TackleAfrica, we are able to do HIV Education through football.
Since 2015, we run annual kids’ consultancy programmes in partnership with Consulting Kids
– Future Ambitions
- Establishment of Watoto Wasoka slums football Development Centers.
- Attending international youth tournaments.
- Broadening our corporate network and partnerships.
- Inviting international teams/organizations to our events/tournaments
- Sparta 09 Kampala Trophees: Uganda Junior League 2011
- Kampala Junior Footballers Association 2010
- Holiday Tournament Champions 2009 – 2013
- Bursaries awarded: over 40 at schools like St. Mary’s Kitende, St. Julian,
Old Kampala Secondary School,Victoria Secondary School
- Slums Derby; started in 2013 with 20 teams, now has 50 slum teams (2016). Takes place last weekend of May. Saturday for screening of players and preliminaries, Sunday is knock-outs, and girls. Hosted by different slum around Kampala every other year.2. Christmas Camp; Started in 2011 in Bombo with 20 teams, now has 108 teams (2015/16), one week long; 28th December to 3rd January.3. Primary Schools League; started in 2016 with eight schools, takes place March to August, played on the UEFA Champions League format4. K.S. Sparta 09; established in 2002 as The Reds Football Academy, later rebranding to K.S. Sparta 09 in 2009, started league football in 2012 in the KCDFA second division, and later being promoted to first division in its maiden season. Today, K.S. Sparta 09, under the patronage of Watoto Wasoka, is a fully-fledged football club with a senior team (in the KCDFA fourth division league) and a girls’ team plus an array of age category teams in its academy from U-10 to U-17s; offers opportunities for professional football training and tournaments