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A message from Philipp who initiated The Kimisagara Youth League:

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league web philHello everybody, The Kimisagara Youth League which I have started last year in June has now its second season! The first match days have already been played.
For everyone who doesn’t know the Kimisagara Youth League: It is an U17 youth league which is organized by the Rwandan NGO Esperance in cooperation with German volunteers. 8 Teams from Kimisagara and its neighboring sectors are playing against each other over a period of 3 months.
With the youth league, we want to give Rwandan youth the opportunity to play football on a regular basis and on a competitive level. Though Rwanda has many young talented players and so many youth teams, there is no one who organizes a youth league. The only competitive matches most teams play are very irregular friendly matches.
Our goal therefore is, to establish a youth league in Kigali as a whole by instructing small youth leagues with the example of the Kimisagara Youth League in Kigali’s different sectors. Within the next ten years we want to have youth league structures in Kigali’s three Districts: Nyarugenge, Gasabo and Kicukiro. Those three youth league systems will together form the major Kigali Youth League.
Because many Rwandan teams lack of training materials as jerseys, cones, footballs, bibs, etc. prizes in form of football and training materials are given to the participating teams after each Season. This equipment of youth teams with good materials should improve their training.
Great thanks go to FC Energie Cottbus, the German Embassy Kigali, Ingo Dansberg, the Spremberger SV 1862, BSG Traktor Leuthen e.V., FuPa Brandenburg and the Fußball-Landesverband Brandenburg who support this project by donating football equipment.
As Rwandan youth is given the opportunity to show their skills and improve their talents within a competition and at the same time Rwandan Premier division and Second division teams are given a platform for talent detection, this project of a youth league system in Kigali is an improvement for Rwandan Football as a whole.
As we have a stable Kimisagara Youth League, we are getting in contact with potential partners, like the Rwandan Football Federation FERWAFA to support us by establishing a youth league structure in Kigali.
Lately, we have been in different Rwandan Newspapers, Radios and Televisions. Below there are some of the links. Check them out. They are in Kinyarwanda though.
89.7 Contact FM
RuhagoYacu Ltd…/ubusabe-bwa-esperance-ku-buyobozi-b…
Thanks to Jannik Skorna, we now have a website where you can follow the news, and facebook page:kimisagara youth league.



Kimisagara Youth League Season 2018


game2 game team esperance2 cuprefeers volunteerThe Kimisagara Youth League Season 2018 started on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at Kimisagara Youth Center. Because of too much rain, the Saturday games of Esperance F.C. vs Gitikinyoni F.C. and Snipers F.C. vs Étoile du Rwanda were canceled. On Sunday 4th March 2018, Hirwa T.C. drew 2 – 2 vs 20 Stars (14:00) and Green Stars vs Comejoga F.C was postponed as well because of a prompt football match between Districts. The Kimisagara Youth League Season 2018 is organized by Esperance in collaboration with the German Volunteers Jannik Skorna and Hanna Stolle, both volunteering at Esperance. The games take place every two first weekends of a month starting in March 2018 and will end in July 2018.





DSC00369 DSC00388 DSC02084 DSC02102 DSC02107 DSC02293On Thursday 18th January 2018, the project YOUTH DEVELOPMENT THROUGH FOOTBALL DSC02116was concluded by an event at Kimisagara Football for Hope Center. Supported by 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP LEGACY TRUST Legacy Trust, since June 2017 Esperance started YOUTH DEVELOPMENT THROUGH FOOTBALL project. Four partner schools of Esperance are benefiting from the activities of the project. Those schools are Groupe Scolaire Kimisagara, Gitega Primary School, Groupe Scolaire Camp Kigali and Solid Foundation School. Schools kids from primary 4 and 5 both boys and girls play and learn social values through “FOOTBALL AMAHORO”. This method implies two mixed genders teams consisting of 8 players, 6 in the game three girls and three boys and 2 substitutes. The game lasts ten minutes. There is no referee and only girls are allowed to score. Since 2002 Esperance uses this method as a channel to educate the youth and children on given topic like HIV/AIDS, prevention, conflict resolution, gender balance etc. Apart from Football Amahoro, there are also cineduc and debate. Cineduc is an educational method using cinema and participative discussion methods to facilitate access to information about topic associated with youth development. And debate sessions brought together school kids to think, develop and argue on the topic of this project which is “CHILDREN RIGHT AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES” whereby we educate the school kids about their rights and responsibilities.

We strongly thank the sponsor 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP LEGACY TRUST and the partner schools for giving the chance, the opportunity and hope to youth to think on how to reach a better future.



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team webEsperance FC, the junior team of the organization, plays the National  Football Second League championship since last November 2017. Playing in Poule A, Esperance FC is on the 9th place with 12 points, among 12 teams.

DSC00035Esperance FC players grow up, most of them, in Esperance’s football talent detection programs. (Photos: Upper, Esperance FC. Lower, Esperance FC in white, Last, Esperance FC captain, Iransubije Jimmy).


Second ASC 46 generation at Esperance


webMuraho! Nitwa Jannik. Mfite imyaka cumi n’umunani. Ndi umudage. I was living in Germany, in a small village in the east part of Germany, near Berlin. Since the 15th August 2017, I’m volunteer at Esperance in Rwanda, Kigali. Esperance is a great organization, which is working with kids, to give them a better prospect, using sport as the medium. I really want to aid Esperance, with my experiences and knowledge.
After finishing my high school in Germany, I wanted to see a different part of the world. I’m very interested in the African culture and people, so I decided to apply for a volunteer service in Africa. I’m here in Rwanda, because of the interesting tasks at Esperance & school and the beautiful country.
I’d like to collect as much experiences as possible, to see many places in East Africa and to assist the school and Esperance. In Germany I’m referee in football since 2012. It enables a different view on football and it’s a good for self-confidence and assertiveness. Germany has twelve divisions and my goal is to become a referee in the fourth division and to be referee in the second division in Rwanda. I’m also interested in playing football, volleyball and running. After this year in Rwanda, I’d like to become a teacher for high school or a manager of health care.


Nitwa Hanna, ndi umudagekazi. Mfite imyaka cumi n’icyenda. Ndi umuvolontere muri Esperance. Ntuye ku Kimisagara.
I have lived here in Kigali since August 2017 and I am eager to improve my Kinyarwanda skills. Until August 2018 Rwanda will be my new home.
I decided to do a voluntary service in an African country to experience the African way of living and thinking and to give Rwandese the chance to learn more about German culture. I am glad that my sending organization chose Rwanda as the partner land. The motto of the ASC 46 is “Sport has the power to change the world.” – by Nelson Mandela. I believe that Esperance is the perfect NGO to represent this motto. The idea to teach children values like fair play, peace and important life skills through football, a game which is loved by almost every child, seems to be the best way. Therefore, I am very happy to be part of the Esperance family now.
In Germany, I just finished High School and did a sport called vaulting. It is like gymnastics on a horse in a team consisting of 10 people. Therefore, I can tell from firsthand experience that through doing sports in a team you develop a special sensibility for how to treat each other.

During my first few weeks living in Kimisagara I have already experienced a lot and I even feel like my way of seeing the world has changed. Moreover, I am convinced that both sides profit from this cultural exchange. While I can give Rwandese people the chance to learn more about Germany and our way of living, I have the unique possibility to gain experiences that might widen my own horizon.