Sport has always been at the heart of Glad’s House work. We utilise the power of sport on a daily basis on the streets, on dumpsites, in prisons and in the community across all of our Programmes. Football has been used as a tool for engagement with the children and young people we support and was the first programme we launched way back in 2006. Now we deliver over 900 football coaching sessions per year over 5 locations (2 prisons, the City Centre, the Dumpsite and in the Community). Glad’s House also uses Football as part of advocacy work by representing Kenya at the Street Child World Cup. (Download SCWC Report)
As we have grown so has our use of sport and Boxing has become a powerful tool for our transitional work with young people, in particular our Boys Programme. Boxing gives young people discipline, a space to improve their physical and mental health and a routine in their sometimes chaotic lives. Whilst our Boxing Programme is never about creating Boxers but about creating space to heal, some of our young people have gone on to represent the Coast Region and Kenya across a variety of weights.
Glad’s House Caddies creates opportunities for young people to leave the street and move into meaningful employment by becoming Golf Caddies. Glad’s House Caddies, with thanks to the Kenya Open and European Tour also creates the opportunity every year to caddy for professional golfers at the Kenya Open. See article from Arnold Palmer’s magazine Kingdom. (Download article)
Whilst Football, Boxing and Golf are our core sporting programmes we also deliver Basketball and Volleyball sessions and are always looking for other sporting activities to introduce the children and young people we support.