In the UK; Our club president Gary Lamb, Tel: +44 (0) 7880732078
In Kenya; Our club Captain Jose Theuri, Tel: +254 (0) 728113715
WHO ARE SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE & HOW DID THEY BECOME TO EXIST ? HERE IS OUR STORY, ALONG WITH OUR ACHIEVEMENTS.
SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE ARE A FOOTBALL TEAM & ACADEMY IN THE VILLAGE OF KARAI ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF NAIVASHA TOWN, KENYA. WE RELY SOLELY UPON SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS/CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SUNDERLAND FANS & FOOTBALL FANS WORLDWIDE, TO KEEP OUR CLUB & ACADEMY ALIVE, AND CONTINUE OUR AMAZING SUCCESS.
UNLIKE OTHER TOP KENYAN TEAMS, WHO ARE “COMPANY TEAMS” WITH LARGE COMPANY FUNDING, WE ARE, TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, THE FIRST EVER “COMMUNITY TEAM” (A team funded solely by it’s donations/contributions and sponsorship, from fans) TO SUCCESSFULLY GAIN PROMOTION INTO THE KENYAN NATIONAL LEAGUES.
BUT THE COST OF SUCCESS COMES AT A HIGHER PRICE, SUCH AS HIGHER REGISTRATION FEES, HIGHER REFEREES FEES, AND HIGHER AWAY TRAVEL FEES, (Some journeys in Div. 2 are up to 10hrs each way) WHICH IS WHY WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR EXTRA SPONSORS or DONORS. (See the bottom of this page if you can help in any way, no matter how small or large)
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS/DONATIONS/SPONSORSHIP HELP TO GIVE OUR TEAM AND ACADEMY THE OPPORTUNITIES IN LIFE, THAT MOST AROUND THE GLOBE TAKE FOR GRANTED.
Sunderland AFC Keroche, began in the village of Karai, on the outskirts of the town of Naivasha, Kenya in 2012.
Karai village is a very poor area, where only 1 in 28 of the adults have a full-time job.
It all began as a way of trying to give the youth of the area a focus in life, to keep them away from life’s darker temptations such as drugs, crime and alcohol etc.
It started quite simply as a group of football loving young men forming a football team, but they had no kit, no boots, and no pitch, but they give themselves the name of Sunderland AFC Keroche for 2 reasons;- (1) The then manager elect was a Sunderland fan, (2) The village sits in the shadow of the huge KEROCHE BREWERY (Kenya’s second largest brewery)
The boys played friendly games against other local villages, but soon realised that they were quite a good team, as they were winning all their games (Even though they were playing in bare feet, on pitches in other villages) So they approached the local village school and asked if they could use their spare land to play games, and erected 2 goals made from tree branches.
One day the then manager “Paul Kimani” approached a Sunderland fan in England called Gary Lamb (Via Facebook) to ask if their was a possibility of trying to donate kits and boots etc. After checking out the team and satisfied everything was genuine, Gary put out an appeal for Sunderland shirts, plus boots, shorts and socks etc. and was overwhelmed by the response, not only items for the football team, but donations also included items such as clothing, bedding, mattresses, children’s toys, bikes, school books, pens, pencils, toothbrushes & toothpaste, and much more, So SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE, the school and their village of Karai, became a whole new place.
Village elder Joseph Muchina, has told us that since the project started, that crime in the village area has dropped by over 70%, because all the young children and youths are now attending football training 4 evenings a week. Sadly Joseph passed away on Monday 4/3/2019
OUR HISTORY & AWARDS
Ground; The ECO LOGIC PARTNERS STADIUM OF LIGHT
We walk onto the pitch to; “Can’t help falling in love with you” #WISEMENSAY
Nickname; The Black Panthers
Founded in; 2012
Promoted from Divisional league to Sub Branch league in 2014
Kenya/England Friendship Cup Winners 2013, 2015, 2019 & 2020.
Promoted from Sub Branch League to Branch League in 2015
Naivasha FA Cup Runners Up in 2016.
Mucananda Cup Winners 2015, 2016 & 2017 Runners up in 2018
Governors Kinuthia Mbugua’s Cup Winners 2016 & 2017.
CDF Tournament, runners up in 2018.
Promoted from Branch League to National Division 2 in 2018
Naivasha Friendship Cup, Winners 28/12/18, won 4-1 against FC105
BRADLEY LOWERY CUP, Winners 19/05/19 won 4-0 against Kihoto Mags #WEDIDIT4BRADLEY
NAIVASHA FRIENDSHIP CUP, WINNERS 29/12/19, WON 3-0 against PIPELINE FC
FAIR TRADE TOURNAMENT, WINNERS 2016, RUNNERS UP 2017 & 2018
NAIVASHA FOOTBALL BONANZA TOURNAMENT, WINNERS 2020.
STARS OF THE FUTURE TOURNAMENT 2019, Our under 15’s academy made the semi-finals, and our under 17’s academy were runners up, in their respective age groups.
That is 3 promotions in 8yrs and in February 2019 we started competing in the Kenyan National 2nd Division. It also makes us the “Most successful club in Kenya” in the last 8 yrs, (due to the amount of achievements over 8 yrs)
Our Academy kids have won numerous Cups and Trophies since we were founded in 2012, and in those 8 yrs a total of 31senior academy players have progressed into the senior team, which is a great testament to the senior players, and coaches, who give up their free time to help coach our young talents.
Our Senior Under 21’s academy also hold a 8yr record of ONLY 1 DEFEAT since our club were formed in 2012.
The 2 pictures directly above show some of our academy kids proudly wearing their “BRADLEY LOWERY” shirts
Since the SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE project started in 2012, we have achieved the following through donations and sponsorship from Sunderland fans, mainly in the UK.
1, The school pitch has been levelled, and seeded to become one of the best pitches in the area. (Voted best pitch in the branch leagues in 2018) In the UK the estimated cost of this would be; £50-£60,000, but in Kenya the total cost was the equivalent of £800.
2, New full size metal goalposts have been fitted.
3, Home and away dugouts have been erected.
4, The first team have had 3 promotions, won 16 cup competitions, and been runners-up in 15 other cups. (On the 2nd Dec. 2018 they gained their 3rd promotion, to the Kenyan National Division 2)
5, We now have a thriving academy, currently attended by 131 kids, (Including a few girls) and constantly growing. Please view the academy section of our website at the following link: http://safckeroche.com/academy/
6, We have installed a full fresh water supply to Karai school, (Where our pitch is based) giving the 900+ pupils fresh clean water for the first time ever. (We class this as one of our biggest achievements to date)
7, So far 31 senior academy players have progressed into the 1st team squad.
8, Six first team players have progressed to Kenyan premier league and super league teams, and now make a living through football. (Which is one of our main aims)
9, To our knowledge, we are the only Kenyan football team outside of the KPL (Kenyan Premier League) to have our own worldwide website, which was built and funded totally free of charge by ANDRE BOMAR our I.T. genius from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This has helped us greatly to secure a number of Main sponsors, as we can offer them free advertising in return for their sponsorship. It also gives YOU OUR FANS the opportunity to find out all you need to know, about our club & academy
10, One small corner of Kenya has become red & White crazy and our fanbase continues to grow, due to our success.
11, From our humble beginning in 2012, We have now become one of the most respected teams in Kenya.
12, On Dec. 31st 2018 our club were voted SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR in the Kenyan 2018 Gala awards (Kenya’s equivalent of Sports personality of the year) and our Centre Forward James “Okeke” Ollise was voted “Most Valuable player of the year”
13, On Saturday January 12th 2019, we installed a new smaller sized training pitch, adjacent to our main pitch, complete with smaller 12ft x 6ft goals. This smaller pitch will enable our boys to improve their moving and passing game, with fast 2 touch, 5 or 6 a side games, but it will also be used for our academy kids, and all the 900+ pupils in Karai School, where our pitch is based. This pitch was funded by JAMES STOKOE a Sunderland fan from the Isle of Man, UK.
14, We now stream all our league games live on our teams Facebook page, kick-off in UK is 10am UK winter time, and 11am UK summer time. This is our Facebook page link https://www.facebook.com/sunderlandafckeroche/
15, On Friday 5th April 2019, we formed a partnership with the BRADLEY LOWERY FOUNDATION, this partnership goes under the hashtag #WEARINGITFORBRADLEY and our academy Shirts have #4BRAD on the back. For more information on our partnership, please read the following link from our home page: http://safckeroche.com/2019/04/06/our-partnership-with-the-bradley-lowery-foundation/
16, In September 2019, we presented a new water tank to the Karai Secondary school (Based at our pitch location) So now both schools at our pitch have a clean supply of water, this was funded by MR. BRIAN HIGGINS from WALLSALL, UK.
17, WE NOW PRIDE OURSELVES WITH THE EXTRA WORK WE DO IN THE COMMUNITY.
During 2019, We began an initiative to help other schools and sporting organisations within our community, who struggle for any form of sports kit. With donations of 2nd hand kit from local teams and clubs in the North East of England, we have been distributing their donated kits to others, and so far we have been able to distribute Kits to the following: Karai Secondary School, Karai Primary School, Rubiri School, Nyamathi Academy, Naivasha volleyball team, Naivasha Ladies team, Pipeline FC, Kihoto FC, Site FC Academy, New Hope FC Academy, Maai Mahiu FC. Kayole Superstars FC, Nyamathi Secondary School
Here are a few of those presentations, with teams now wearing kits from North East clubs.
18, At the beginning of the 2019 season, we installed some bench seating around our pitch, mainly so our village elder fans had somewhere to sit during games:
19. On December 14th 2019, our club swept the boards at the 2019 Gala sports awards winning the following
Sports tournament team of the year.
Coach of the year (Scato)
Sportsperson of the year (Capt. Jose)
Sponsor of the year (Our UK president Gary Lamb)
Football Fan of the year (Our fan Julius)
Team fans of the year (Presented to our Vice chairman, John Eilbeck)
Academy team of the year (Presented to Academy coach “Ngasho”)
The list of achievements in just 8yrs goes on and on.
In the early yrs the cost of funding the whole team and academy was around £3,200 per season, but as our academy grew in numbers (it now has 131 kids), and after the 1st team gained a 3rd promotion to the National 2nd Division, this has risen to around £7,500 each season, mainly down to the extra travelling involved to away games, which will be much further afield, (some will be 10hrs each way, compared to 2hrs maximum previously) When you consider that this covers 131 academy players, 30 1st players, plus coaches and other club staff this equates to only £44 per season per person, (Less than £1 per week) but it also includes all our match fees, registration fees, travel expenses etc.
Without donations and sponsorship from Sunderland fans around the world, the team, academy and the extra projects around the school and village would cease to exist.
If you can find it in your hearts to donate/sponsor or help in any way possible, please contact our clubs UK President GARY LAMB on UK mobile;- 07880732078
or you can donate by making a bank transfer to:
Account name: SAFC KEROCHE
Account Number: 25602160
Sort Code: 30-95-96
Or via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If all our fans (We have over 7,000 on our Facebook page) were able to donate just £5 each per season, our team and academy would continue to thrive. Every penny donated goes towards the running costs of the club. No-one within our club takes any form of wages or payment. Except the old lady in our village who we pay 400ksh per week to wash all our kit. Sometimes this can be 3 full sets of kit, per week. (400ksh = approx £3 – £3.50 depending upon exchange rates)
Sponsorship packages start from as little as £50 per season (to sponsor a player), and at the top end, to become a main sponsor of one of our academies, (Our Junior Academy is still available to sponsor) or a main 1st team sponsor these are £500 per season, but come with many benefits. If we manage to raise over our intended target for the 2020-21 season, we already have plans to build an outdoor exercise area, with various exercise stations, which can be used by both the team/academy but also by the schools 900+ pupils. The total cost of this is approx £1,200 – £1,500, a snip compared to what it would cost in the UK.
Please check the “SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES” tab on our home page. or click this link: http://safckeroche.com/sponsorshippackages/
We would also like to invite you to enjoy our documentary, which was made just 2 yrs after we were founded. just click on the following link;
Thank you for taking the time to read our story & achievements.