Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation Presentation
Improving young lives in Africa through football
Little did I imagine that some two years later, I
would have coached over 300 young players, not
only in basic football techniques but also life skills,
giving encouragement and inspiration to them all.
I was humbled by their desire and passion to learn
and to improve their lives, despite their deprived
conditions and hardship.
Ricky Weir, Founder
“Hey Ricky, go on coach us!....” shouted a young lad
in bare feet, when I turned up with a bag of footballs
and some second hand kit to give away, in one of the
most deprived slum areas of Kenya.
Our Game Plan…
Working in one of the worst slums in Kenya, over 300 young people have
benefited since J2A was founded in 2013. We have provided equipment,
boots and kit, coaching, mentoring and a pathway to playing, including
transport to matches.
To us, football is about more than playing a game. It is about empowering
young people to better themselves and to step away from the terrible living
conditions and the daily temptation of drugs, prostitution and crime, to which
many of them often succumb.
We use football as a tool to develop life skills, including hard work and
perseverance, belief, commitment, discipline, team spirit, communication and
a sense of community, and the role these play in achieving life goals.
Our Foundation’s aim is to continue supporting the Nairobi slums football
community in specific ways to aid their football development and growth.
Local boys proudly show us their
homemade football, made from
plastic bags and string
Getting the ball rolling…
Milestones to date
Opened Jersey’s first dedicated second hand football store
Shipped over 1,000 kilos of donated balls, boots & shirts
Purchased new goal posts
Organised 20 coaching sessions for players aged 8 to adult
Paid player and league registration fees to Kenyan FA for one season
Conducted life coaching seminars to over 150 attendees
Sponsored the private education of one deprived but talented player
Kit and logo sponsorship
Individual and corporate donations
Kicking the ball…
Scoring goals in the coming seasons…
Provide continued coaching and mentoring courses for
players and coaches in both football and life skills
Develop a long-term player pathway for players to aspire to
Raise funding for provision of a long-term playing/training
Find a local partner to assist with transport requirements
Support the Mukuru football family to create their own
Create a football academy for football, academic and life
More player improvements, to transform them…
Not forgetting our female players…
Elizabeth (16) receiving her first ever pair of football boots
In which League could we play?
Could you help take us to the next level?
£1,000- £5,000 pa
Sponsor a player
Sponsor a coach
Sponsor a team kit
Sponsor a mini tournament
Fund a part-time
Fund an administration office
£5,000- £25,000 pa
Sponsor a coaching school and
Fund player registration &
league affiliation fees
Fund a minibus
Fund a pitch & training facility
Fund a full-time administrator
£25,000- £250,000 pa
Fund a full-time CEO
Fund full-time coaches
Fund a dedicated player
development, education and
Sponsor a senior team playing in
Fund extension of program to other
deprived areas in Kenya/Africa
U17 Captain and
“I can personally say that the arrival of Ricky in Nairobi was like
a God sent miracle in my life. I had dropped out of school in
Class 7 due to lack of money to pay school fees. When Ricky
first visited our community in 2012 no professional coach had
ever visited our slum and I attended every session every day to
either take part or to learn something new just by watching this
new coach who turned up it seemed like from nowhere. Little
did I know that it was to be the opening of a lifetime
opportunity for me personally. I am now in Form 2 and enjoying
being in one of the best schools I could ever have dreamed of
and working hard to gain the best possible grades as well as
improve my English so I may better speak with Ricky on his next
visit to see us. I always thank God for Ricky’s efforts and
dedication to me who feels like a father to me.”
There are many more children like John that we would like to support
Jared’s lost dream...
One of our players, Jared “Bathez” Omae, is a
highly talented goalkeeper who was considered
to have the potential to reach international
level. Unfortunately he lost the opportunity to
fulfil his dream of becoming a professional
footballer, simply because neither he nor his
club could afford the regular travel costs of
attending training and matches.
To read Jared’s full story visit
“Lots of appreciation for the great opportunity I have been
offered to prove my talent in football with Mukuru Combine
and the support of Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football.
I thank personally Ricky for the great training and coaching and
even offering me his personal cap to help me in the sun glare
when we went for a match in Umoja a kind gesture I will never
forget in my life. It was a great experience practising what he
had trained us for more than a week and he was very cheerful
always instructing me positively when he noticed a weakness. I
really miss his instructions and guidance and never forget his
wisdom and advice as a coach. The one thing I learnt and
continue to remember and practice up to date is that ‘a
goalkeeper is also a player’. I really hope to receive more advice
and training from Ricky very soon, please come back quickly!”
Will George be the next Jared?
U12 Captain and
About our Founder…
A lifetime in football
Former President of the Jersey Football Association
Chairman of International IGA Football Committee
A 25-year playing career spanning over 1,000 games
A wealth of football connections, knowledge and experience
A former ‘Jersey Footballer of the Year’
In the Boardroom…
Our distinguished advisors
Advocate Steve Meiklejohn
Member of Advisory Board
For full profiles visit www.jersey2africa4football.org/peopleprofiles
Sir Bob Murray CBE
Member of Advisory Board
HE Gen. Sir John McColl CBE
Chairman of Advisory Board
Our ultimate goal…
Is to achieve smiles like this!
Thank you for learning about our journey so far…
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