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Mejumaa Mwakaramu is a class seven pupil from Matuga primary school. She was awarded as the best essay writer in the essay writing competition 'Girls and Football' that was held during the MTG Primary School Tournament. The focus of the tournament was on increasing public awareness on the inequalities that exist in football, particularly, opportunity and resourcing for women football.
During the FIFA Women's World Cup, Moving the Goalposts has carried out a survey among 34 schools/academic institutions and 26 football clubs in Kilifi and 10 sport for development organisations in Kenya.
The survey shows that there are opportunities for girls to play football and for girls/women to become football officials. Kenya (as represented in this survey) scores at participation at the grass root level much better than the world average. However, there is a discrepancy between the number of girls playing football and the available resources and the media coverage.
Mejumaa Mwakaramu, from Matuga Primary School, the prize winner of the MTG essay competition about 'Girls & Football' writes in her essay: 'When girls participate in football, like boys, they become famous and get the chance to travel to many places to represent their country. A female footballer will also be treated equal as a boy because she can play even better than male players.
Kilifi Kenya (4th July, 2015) - Maryango primary school was crowned the winners of the 2015 MTG primary school tournament. The finals were played on 4th July, 2015 at Karisa Maitha stadium in Kilifi town. In an exciting final, it was Maryango that beat Kawala primary school with 3 -2.
Maryango primary school first beat Bogamachuko primary school with 1 - 0 in their group match. Followed by a 3 -0 win against Mwamivi primary school. Kawala primary school found their way to the finals with a 3-1 win against Sokoke primary school and a 2-2 draw against Mnarani primary school.
KILIFI, KENYA (June 30, 2015) - The MTG United under 16 year team has won the East Africa Cup. In 2012, the team reached the finals of the annual event, but lost. This year, MTG's selection of players younger than 16 year won the final after a tough match and a thrilling penalty shoot-out against Buguruni Youth from Tanzania. Salama Ali and and Lilian Nyongo brought the cup to Kilifi with their perfectly taken penalties. With thanks also to keeper Zainab Mwalimu who saved one of the opponents' penalties.
KILIFI, KENYA (June 30, 2015) - The semifinals and finals of the 13th edition of the MTG primary school football tournament for girls' teams will be held on Saturday 4th July 2015 at Karisa Maitha stadium in Kilifi. Six teams that played in the group matches in Bamba, Vitengeni, Ganze, Kilifi North/South, Kaloleni and Kwale have qualified for the final matches.
Thanks to Philips, KNVB, MTG board members, guests, the community and officials from Paziani, Paziani primary school, media, drivers, WorldCoaches, players and referees for a wonderful day during the launch of the first full size solar lit football pitch/Community Light Center in Kilifi County on 25th June 2015. Paziani is the beneficiary of the second solar-powered LED lit football field in Kilifi County, but the first on a full size football field, in the 'Lighting Up Communities through Football' project.
Johan Neeskens, former Dutch national team player and Daniel Amokachi, former player of the Nigerian national team will visit Moving the Goalposts during the launch of the Philips 'Community Light Center' in Paziani primary school, Bamba on Thursday 25th June.
MTG staff members have held a successful campaign to raise funds for the MTG United team under 16 years to participation in the East Africa Cup 2015. On 11th April, MTG players, volunteers, boys teams from Mnarani and MTG staff members participated in a 10 kilometer football dribble run through Kilifi to collect money for the team to travel to the event in Moshi, Tanzania. With support from local, national and international well-wishers this objective was met. Through online, M-PESA and local collections the amount of 300.000 Kenyan Shillings was brought together.
MTG has won the Youth Enterprise Facility Africa award from the International Labour Organization for its outstanding contribution to the Youth Enterprise Facility! The award was given to MTG for its work in the Nielimishe Njijisaidie project in which nineteen young women participated in a community apprenticeship programme. The jury commented on MTGs intensive and consequent approach. Great job done by the Economic Empowerment department and all in MTG!