We were thrilled to welcome professional football manager Martin Allen to Kenya recently, to meet our coaches and run a masterclass coaching clinic at our partner, Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA).
Twenty five TackleAfrica and MYSA coaches, and twenty two players from the Mathare women’s team took part in the three day workshop, learning coaching techniques and player skills, working towards an 11 a side match where learning was put into practice . All the participants soaked up the experience with huge enthusiasm and were keen to put their new skills to the test. After three days it was safe to say their skills and technical play had improved beyond recognition. Coach Lorrine said, “Thanks for the great coaching experience and opportunity, it was awesome! Thanks to good coaching, Martin loved the session I put on. I learnt even more from Martin after my session. He really is a great coach and worth looking up to”.
Martin was also guest of honour at a tournament held on the Saturday, presenting the winners with their trophy and watching some of our younger players in action. Martin said, “What a great experience! What a trip it’s been! So many happy faces, people with big ears and big eyes, all sponges for information. It’s a trip everyone in their lifetime should experience. These young players I’ve been working with come from tricky neighbourhoods but they are an absolute pleasure to work with. Enthusiasm, energy and fantastic levels of skill and play. They remain so humble and grounded working for nearly five hours a day out on orangey brown dusty dirty pitches. And what an absolute pleasure it has been to be invited to TackleAfrica to come out to Kenya, fully supported by Richard Bevan and the LMA.”
Kenya is a growing force in African football and one of the TackleAfrica coaches, William, now coaches a Kenyan Premier League team. William said “I am really grateful to Martin for coming out here to train us. Football is our life and we want to show the world what we can do. African youth find hope and joy in the game and having help like this motivates us to do better every day.”
Martin Allen visited us on behalf of the League Managers Association. We are grateful for the support of the LMA, which represents and promotes the views of the current and former professional football managers.