Hamisi Mohamed, Kenyan youth community coach and the winner of the WorldRemit and Arsenal “Future Stars” programme, completed a personalised coaching training programme with Arsenal Soccer Schools this week. Future Stars is a joint initiative set up by Arsenal FC and its official online money transfer partner, WorldRemit, to acknowledge and reward the valuable contribution of youth coaches to their local communities.
Hamisi, known locally as Coach Kaka, co-founded Young Talents Soccer Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together and prevent them from falling into social vices. Hamisi is one of over 700 coaches from across Africa to compete for the chance to attend this exclusive training programme with Arsenal Soccer Schools in London.
His work was recognised by the judges from Arsenal Soccer Schools and WorldRemit who shortlisted him as one of six finalists to face a public vote to determine the ultimate winner of the Future Stars programme. Designed by WorldRemit and Arsenal, the bespoke training programme brings together coaching training with introductions to mentors in the community who can help Hamisi to develop and expand the work he is doing, with the aim of building a lasting legacy of positive social change through football in Kenya.
During his training he has been learning about the coaching philosophy which has seen Arsenal set new global standards in football and be revered as a beacon of excellence around the globe. Following one on one coaching theory sessions with Arsenal Soccer Schools Head Coach, Simon McManus, he put this into practice in a session run through the Arsenal in the Community programme. He also enjoyed a private tour of the Emirates Stadium and a VIP experience at the Arsenal FC vs Huddersfield Town match.
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Whilst in London, WorldRemit arranged for Hamisi to meet mentors and influential organisations within the African community to help him to expand and develop his coaching programmes. Earlier this week he met Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE and Lydia Tett Olet. Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE was the goalkeeper for the renowned Rayon Sports Football Club in Rwanda and the Captain of the Rwandan National Football team. Now living in the UK, Eric founded the Ishami Foundation to use the power of sport and storytelling to bring peace and tolerance. Lydia Tett Olet is the founder of Kenya in the Park, the largest event in for the Kenyan community living in the UK.
Hamisi and Eric discussed their shared goals and experiences in using the power of sport to bring together divided communities and Lydia and Hamisi shared ideas on how the international Kenyan community could support his programme. Hamisi also met with senior management from WorldRemit to discuss the challenges involved in scaling an organisation.
“It has been a great trip. Watching a match live at Arsenal is a dream come true and I have also received a lot of useful information and training. Going back home with the new skills and knowledge I have developed will help me to improve my project and the work I am doing through the Young Talents Academy. When I go back, I will organize a coaching clinic to share this knowledge with the wider community. I would like to thank WorldRemit and Arsenal for the opportunity and I hope they will keep up the good work in supporting the community,” said Hamisi Mohamed
Andrew Stewart, Managing Director of Middle East and Africa at WorldRemit, said: “Our customers prove on a daily basis, the powerful impact that individuals like Hamisi can have on their communities. We were very impressed with what Hamisi has already been able to achieve and are looking forward to seeing how this opportunity will help his efforts to go further still in enriching the lives of young people in his community.
“We set up Future Stars with Arsenal to recognise the huge contribution that youth football coaches make to their local communities. The programme has reinforced our belief in the power of football to unite people and inspire positive change, and we are eager to expand the programme next year to further support the communities we serve through sport.”
Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools added: “The strength of Arsenal and WorldRemit’s connection to the community enables us to reach out to many in society in a way that few organisations can. It was a great privilege to meet Hamisi and we have learned a lot from him about how he makes such a difference to the lives of the young people that he trains. His passion for coaching really shone through in the practical session, and the way he was able to lead a new group of children was fantastic.
“By working with inspiring and talented individuals like Hamisi who work at the centre of their community, we can have a greater impact on the communities which support both our organisations. We are confident that he will succeed in building a lasting legacy in Kenya.”