A Bigger and Better Girls' Football Tournament!
In fast paced matches that involved 180 players from 12 Lewa-sponsored schools, the 2013 girls' football tournament proved to be as successful as last year's event. Now in its second year, this unique sporting activity gives the girls from the neighbouring schools the opportunity to engage in a competitive atmosphere away from the classroom. It also offers a forum to teach school children the importance of wildlife conservation.
Similar to last year, the girls were accompanied by their teachers and fellow classmates. The boys led the cheering squads and took up the role of assistant coaches, helping the girls come up with strategic tactics during match breaks. Meticulous planning from the teachers, the Lewa Education Programme Team and the pupils ensured that the tournament took place without any hitches and it was a lovely day enjoyed by all!
The previous year's winners Karimba Primary School worked hard to retain their title but the Kanyunga team was up to the challenge. In a final match decided by penalties, the Kanyunga girls managed to oust Karimba and proceeded to celebrate their win in dramatic cheer and fashion. All the teams had practised relentlessly in readiness for the tournament and the quality of football on display had dramatically improved as compared to the previous year. After each match, the Conservation Education Coordinator took the girls on a game drive, educating them on rhino, Grevy's zebra and other species conservation efforts on the Conservancy. Lewa staff including our CEO, Mike Watson, joined in the cheering as the girls battled it out. In between the games, the participants were served hot tea and lunch as the DJ played dance music that was equally a hit with the students.
As the day came to a close, Mike awarded the best three teams: Kanyunga, Karimba and Mutunyi with assorted gifts.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is extremely grateful to Eco-sys Action team for sponsoring the event again this year and as the boys said, hopefully soon they will also have their own tournament!