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The Kimisagara Youth League


EsperanceOrganized by Esperance and Philipp Schoenlaub, The Kimisagara Youth League is an U16 Championship with 8 Teams. It is the first attempt to start a Youth League in Kigali. The main objective is to give children around Kimisagara the opportunity to play Football in a competitive and on a regular basis. From July to the beginning of September the Youth League has its’ 28 matches. Every Team plays against every team so that there can be seen a winner of the first Kimisagara Youth Championship in September of 2017.
Every participating Team will get a prize in terms of materials. As well as the first four teams will win additional training materials. There are challenges that we will face. Punctuality and fairness are of primary importance to make this League a successful project. Therefore, we as an organizer are strict to ensure the potential of
enlargement and improvement and to make this project sustainable.

First Match day: Results

Saturday, 29th of July

1pm :Esperance F.C. 4 – 2 Gitikinyoni F.C.

3pm :Hirwa Training Center 0 – 3 20 Stars

Second match day: Results

Monday, 31st of July

2pm :Green Star Football Academy 2 – 2 Étoile du Rwanda

4pm :  Comejoga F.C 1 – 0 Snipers F.C.

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book carnaval4In preparation for the ‘International Literacy Day’ Esperance hosted a creative pre-festival on the 17th of June at the Kimisagara Football for Hope Center. Together with Grace Rwanda Society, Kigali Public Library, GAMA ARTS Rwanda and the local community, Esperance gathered kids from all over Kimisagara to celebrate this day which was mainly about reading, writing, sport and particularly creativity. Through such activities youth from Kimisagara came in touch with the importance and especially the joy of reading books or writing own stories. They were encouraged and inspired to read from a variety of books from the library of Esperance. Table tennis and football combined the sport in a remarkable way with the educational and creative part. As a small motivation to all young artists the chance of winning prices, books or giveaways (T-shirts, bags, pens etc.…) was given in certain competitions. The winners of a drawing and writing contest as well as all participants who have written a story got some books and other giveaways to remember this day and to maintain their interests in expressing themselves through writing or drawing. The excited kids are already looking forward to the big main-festival in September: the ‘International Literacy Day’.

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Successful Root-Tournament


web“Football for everybody” was the moto of 20 children from Esperance on the way to the first U17 Root-Tournament, which took place on the 13th of May at Green Hills Academy. 9 teams and about 100 children were gathered to take part in two different competitions. Of course, our girls- and boys team had the winning mentality in their minds as well, but the tournament was mainly about children with diverse backgrounds playing against each other as fair sportsmen and -women. So, beside the two trophies for each gender, ‘fairplay’ would have been rewarded by a fair play-price. In the first match, our girls started a bit reluctant. 0:1 against a lucky team of Gisozi was the result of insufficient communication, but we kept on being optimistic. A draw against the team players of Green Hills Academy was the first point for our team. We got more and more into the match and so we won the last game with 2:0 against Root-Foundation. Unfortunately, we had a worse goal-difference, for what we did not reach the final. Our boys have started their competition with the first match against a strong team from G.S. Gisozi. 0:0 was a fair draw and the players could get a feeling for the pitch and the very small goals. 2 victories against Dream Team (5:0) and Root-Foundation (1:0) gave us a good basis to go for the last match against the boys from Green Hills Academy. The plan was not to lose, because either a victory or a draw would have been enough to win the title. Fortunately, the referee did not accept a wrong goal for Green Hills Academy. With lots of pressure and many chances against a very strong defending team of one of the best schools in Kigali our Esperance boys could reach a draw and in the end, win the trophy of the Root-Tournament. Green Hills Academy won the trophy of the girls’ competition and the fairplay award went to the girls of Gisozi. A very exciting and hot day was successfully finished by our motivated and celebrating players.

Running, Jumping, Throwing


Faster, higher, further was the topic of Esperance’s first “Athletics Day”. Over 130 children from all over Nyarugenge District were gathered to celebrate this sports-day together at the “Kimisagara Football For Hope Center”. After a short briefing and a collective-warm-up the 6 until 13 years old children started in different disciplines. Throwing a football as far as possible and jumping either high or long was part of an introduction of technical athletic disciplines here at Esperance. The short-track (50 meters) was already an opportunity to compete with friends and to see who is the fastest. Moreover, it was a possibility to qualify for the highlight: a straight relay. 5 teams with 4 runners have competed in two semi-finals before everybody celebrated the winning teams in the final race. After the sports-part a little lunch and some juice was served to everybody, which was really appreciated. We’re looking forward to organize the next “Athletics Day” that will give older children the chance to try out athletic disciplines as well.