Riruta Youth Sports Academy (RYSA)

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Riruta Youth Sports Academy (RYSA) is a Sports academy based in Riruta that helps needy children in the area fulfill their sporting and academic potential and also champion for the rights of children.

The academy uses art, football and music as tools of mobilization and bringing the children from the vicinity together and is registered under the Ministry Of Youth and Gender as a Community Based Organization (CBO)

A success story

The academy was started in January 2013 with 15 children and by September 2014 it has recruited over 80 children. Founder, Mark Ongwae who is also a Nairobi City Stars’ defender says the project has been a success so far.

– So far we are doing well despite the numerous challenges we face. We help the most needy children who do  not attend school by taking them to school .This year (2014) we have taken  4 children back to school and they are very happy. We save children’s lives by fighting for their rights and helping them fulfill their potential, he said.


-Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, education, and participation while our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives, he added.

Ongwae however says they face financial challenges and has called on well wishers to chip in and help.

Numerous challenges

-Our main challenge is getting playing kits, we are appealing to any well wisher to help us acquire balls, bibs, uniforms, corns, clothes, boots to support these talented youngsters, he continued.

The academy has two teams participating in the Kibra League.  Their under 11 side is second on the league table while their under 13 side is third on their league table.

Vacancies available

He urges people residing around Dagoreti, Kawangware and Satellite to take their children to the academy.

-I urge those who reside around Dagoreti, Kawangware or Satellite and have children who love  football to bring them to RYSA so that they can learn the fundamentals of soccer in our academy, he concluded.

Coach Ongwae can be reached through 0721987519 or rysaacademy@gmail.com

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