By Tito Tavasi.
Kakamega Rush Academy has entered into partnership with United Kingdom-based charitable organization, Embrace Kenya (EK) to promote football among talented youths in the county.
EK directors who were in the country last year on a study tour with a view to establishing a football academy, returned this year to sign a deal with the management of Kakamega Rush Academy.
The EK Director Rob Littlemore who disclosed that there is massive untapped football talent in local primary and secondary schools said 100 players have so far been recruited into the football academy.
Speaking during the launch of the academy at Kakamega Showground recently, Littlemore said the institution can accommodate players, adding those selected would start training at Kakamega Showground.
”We shall provide funding for the project as long as the Football Academy provides credible financial management,” he revealed. He said plans are under way to establish girls’ football academy.
Littlemore also said exchange programmes would be initiated by EK with Kakamega Rush Academy to enable players visit UK to undergo specialized coaching sessions.
He disclosed that EK was working closely with Chelsea FC U-20 team and hinted that he would introduce Rush Academy to officials of the team’s technical bench.
“I have passion for soccer and that is why I have brought assorted sports items such as balls, uniforms, boots, socks and other training kits to upcoming players in this part of Kenya,” he noted.
After witnessing a soccer match among players selected from various schools, Littlemore identified several players whom he said were extremely good in ball control and shots.
Kakamega Rush Academy Director, Andrew Amukowa said the academy would comprise of Under-10, Under-14 and Under-18 teams