A day of fitness and fun, there were activities for everyone from the age of 3 years and up – the seniors had no excuse not to participate, as the sports ranged from track and field to table tennis, football to omweso (a board game in the Mancala family). Awards and prizes were given to individuals, groups and clans.
Celebrating the clan, the building block of Buganda society (also spelled Baganda) the day promotes friendship, diversity and unity.
Member of the managing committee, Daniel Lutaaya, said, ‘Social cohesion is more important than ever in today’s world of factions and discontent. Especially after the recent riots, we at Malaika wanted to show that people are stronger together. Together, we can overcome adversity.’
Habib Musisi, another member of the management committee, was pleased with Malaika Youth Project’s participation in this large community experience. ‘This event brings together all Ugandans in the UK, helping to maintain, preserve and promote the culture.’
Community events like these promote goodwill, tolerance and a sense of belonging. The absence of a sense of belonging has been shown to be increase crime, and foster a perceived lack of economic and social opportunity, and hopelessness. Malaika Youth Project targets these societal ills by providing free or very low-cost inclusive sports, education and mentoring. Everyone, of every ablity and disability is welcome. Find out if we are offering something that’s right for you!
Join us for Boxercise (safe, non-contact boxing) twice a week. Our fully qualified instructors are friendly and can tailor your Boxercise classes for virtually any special need.
Don’t be intimidated—you can achieve the benefits of Boxercise, including boosted self-confidence, more energy, better concentration and better performance at school or work. The gains you get from sport can spread throughout your life, so give it a try.
Suggested donation of £1 per class; no one is turned away. The Summer programme runs through 10 September 2011.
WHEN? Wednesdays 5.00-6.30 PM and Saturdays Noon-1.30 PM
WHERE: West Ham Park (Near Margery Gate, Upton Lane, E7 9PU)
QUESTIONS? Call or text Coach Danny on 07961 627 066 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In partnership with Access Sport, Transforming Lives Through Sport.
Disabled Sports USA helps disabled people benefit from sport – reminding all of us that we should get more active, and that there are NO excuses for not exercising.
At Malaika Youth Project, we get a lot of satisfaction from tailoring non-contact boxing, football and other sports, for the disabled. The benefits for everyone are enormous. Whether you’re fit, inactive, overweight, or suffer from a serious disability, you can experience the joy of sports.
Don’t let anything hold you back; come join us for the summer boxing sessions!
Geoffrey won the International Masters Belt on 4 June 2011 by a stunning knock out in the 6th round. We congratulate him and thank him for all the great work he has done!
His success reinforces the message of sports, clean living and discipline. He has kindly sparred with one of our talented and promising pupils, Shane Browne, who has been training with us since last winter. Such friendly bouts are highly educational for young sportspeople.
Nick Otieno has challenged Jamie McDonnell for the Commonwealth Title, and the match will take place on 28 May 2011 in Sheffield. The much-anticipated match will air on SkySports and across Africa. Our gratitude for his good work and best wishes go out to him and his team.
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Young people got great results in a very short time – better ability to communicate, calmer, and less tired and stressed, while feeling stronger and better about themselves. Boxercise gives you a fast boost in confidence and physical strength, so if you haven’t already, give this sport a try!
The four month program of free sports was generously sponsored by PlaySport London and the borough of Newham.
We heard a lot of great successes over the last four-month Boxercise programme, which we’ll be sharing in a newsletter. In the meantime, here is a glimpse of people of a wide range of ages and abilities or disabilities gaining brilliant benefits from sports!
Anyone can benefit from the increased confidence, sense of belonging and feeling of achievement that playing sports gives you. Scientific studies are now taking play seriously, as the physical and mental benefits of playing sports (as well as other types of play) emerge.
This video features the Minister of Sports and the Minister for Disabled People sharing some of the great things about sports for people with disabilities.
In December, Malaika’s chief coach and trustee went to Uganda to strengthen our operations there. There is much to be done! Our goal is to build an eco-friendly sports facility and school for orphans and ex-child soldiers. In the meantime, we are providing sports – football and boxing – for orphans, street children, and former child soldiers.
We have chosen Mukono as our base because it is right on the road where former child soldiers flee from the armed conflict in the north. Their stories are heartbreaking. Abducted from their homes and forced to become soldiers, these ‘stolen children’ have no way to discover if their family and friends are even alive, and are disoriented and displaced.
Playing sports has been an important part of stabilising these young people, giving them a sense of belonging, improving their confidence and giving them essential lessons for school, work and life. We are proud to be a part of this.
This sobering video is one of the grand prize winners for the Pulitzer Center project.
Although for many in the township, life seems bleak, football (soccer) continues to teach valuable life skills and infuse a sense of hope within those most closely related to the game. This is not only a story about soccer and what it means to the youth of Parys, South Africa, but also of human endurance and the bond between mother and son.
Our big thanks go out to all of you who helped to make the summer program such a happy time. Many of you brought your friends, which added to the fun.
We are also grateful to Esther for her kind words:
Dear Malaika Youth Project,
My name is Esther Roberts. I am 10 years of age. I have been attending boxercise sessions all through my summer holidays. I really had fun, I went to Malaika Youth Project’s website and looked at the comments, that meant a lot. Malaika does an outstanding job for children like me, and once someone has attended one of the sessions, hey will not want to go back home, and I am a witness. Malaika Youth Project is very good because it helps me get in shape and stay healthy. Boxercise was great and I really learnt alot, hope to go again this winter or next summer.
I will keep visiting the website to see where you’re going to do your winter boxercise sessions. I am really looking forward to met more people and make friends, now that I am confident about myself and my self esteem has improved because I was shy at meeting new people but not anymore. Thanks to Malaika Youth Project, big thanks.
Last Wednesday was supposed to be the last Boxercise in the Park the year. But so many of you came and enjoyed it and asked for more…that we’re extending it one more week. Wednesday, 29 September will be the last class for this summer, held at the same place and time: West Ham Park at 6:00 PM.
Thanks to all the students of the Manor Primary School who joined Boxercise in the Park and asked for us to come to your school once a week. We hope to be able grant your wish very soon!
Our big thanks also goes to all the other participants, who have helped to make this such a successful program. And as always, we’re grateful to PlaySport London for making this program possible.
You’ve told us that Boxercise in the Park helps you to feel better about yourselves, gives you more energy through the week, and helps you to tackle problems with a better attitude. We listened, and doubled the program, offering two sessions of Boxercise per week.