We dedicate the academy section of our website, to our former Intermediate academy player JOHN NJENGA, who sadly took his own life at the tender age of only 15yrs
THE MAIN SPONSORS OF OUR SENIOR ACADEMY FOR THE 2019 SEASON ARE DAVE & KATH HORN, FROM SUNDERLAND UK
Dave & Kath Horn.
The Sunderland AFC Keroche academy is made up of 4 categories,
1, Children’s academy 2, Junior academy 3, Intermediate academy 4, Senior academy.
Each of these academy’s above in bold type are still available to sponsor. (See the following link for details) http://safckeroche.com/sponsorshippackages/
The children’s, and Junior academy’s are overseen by:
GODFREY NGANGA aka NGASHO
Along with a number of our 1st team players, who give up their free time on Saturdays to teach the kids, our main aim at this stage is to keep the children off the streets, but also to develop their talents in a safe environment. Most games at this level are “In-house” friendlies although the intermediate academy (Ages 13-18) players, may get a competitive game during the school holidays against a local academy team, or a local school whenever possible, and by entering them into tournaments. Any local kids in our area wishing to attend are welcome, and we NEVER refuse any child, regardless of their talent. Also unlike European academies, we never release any child, regardless of talent, because we realise they have nothing else to enjoy, plus most of their close friends are in our academy.
The children from the above categories, have the opportunity to be ball boys/girls at 1st team games, on a rotational system.
As the kids progress through the various academy’s those who are showing potential talent are promoted to the Intermediate academy then onto the senior academy, which are overseen by our academy head coach.
BEN WAITHAKA. (Academy head coach, and 1st team asst. coach)
At this stage Ben organises regular friendly games on Saturdays to give the lads the feel of competitive games. He also enters them into tournaments, and senior academy players are welcome to train with the 1st team players, to build up their fitness levels and skills.
In the last 7yrs, 31 senior academy players have gone on to be 1st team players, which is great testament to the dedication of all those who help, in the various stages of their progression in the academy.
THE CURRENT 2018 SENIOR ACADEMY TEAM.
All Senior Academy players, have now been sponsored for 2019 for only £50 each, BUT!!! we still have many kids in our other academy’s hoping to be sponsored. If you would like to sponsor one of the kids further down this page, and would like more details, please call our UK President Gary Lamb on UK mobile; 07880732078 (No commitment, but he will gladly answer any questions)
Senior Academy player DAVID MAINA has been sponsored for 2019 by TREVOR LONGSTAFF a Sunderland fan, living in Poole, Dorset, UK.
Senior Academy player JOSAM PAUL THEURI has been sponsored for 2019 by JOHN GARDNER a Sunderland fan living in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK.
Senior Academy player KINYAJUI MBURU has been sponsored for 2019 by KELVIN LAX a Sunderland fan living in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.
Senior Academy player JOSPHAT KARIUKI has been sponsored for 2019 by LEWIS GARDNER, a Sunderland fan living in Rotterdam, Holland.
Senior Academy player PETER KANGORI has been sponsored for 2019 by ALEXANDER CAMERON GARDNER, a Sunderland fan living in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK.
Senior Academy player FRANCIS MAINA has been sponsored for 2019 by DENIS PALLISTER, a Sunderland fan from Sunderland, UK.
Senior Academy player EMMANUEL KAMAU has been sponsored for 2019 by The LOUTH FAMILY, who are Sunderland AFC season ticket holders from Blackpool, UK.
Senior Academy player SAMUEL NJAGA has been sponsored for 2019 by MIKE WHITE & HIS SONS, who are Sunderland fans from Oxford, UK.
Senior Academy player KAHUARI MBURU has been sponsored by ALEX WOODMASS a Sunderland fan from Witton Gilbert, Co. Durham, UK.
Senior Academy players DANCUN SHIKUKU & ERIC NG’ANG’A have both been sponsored by IRENE YANG & STEPHEN COATES who are both Sunderland fans from Taiwan.
Senior Academy player LEEWEL KAHENYA and Intermediate Academy player JULIUS WANGUR have been sponsored by STEWART STRINGER a Sunderland fan from Seaham, UK.
Senior Academy player FELIX NJUGUNA has been sponsored by PAUL PURVIS & SUE BAMBROUGH, who are from Whitburn, Sunderland, UK.
Senior Academy player KENNETH KABIRU has been sponsored by ANDREW LARKIN & JEANETTE CORCORAN who are Sunderland season ticket holders from Manchester, UK.
Senior Academy player MARK MAINA has been sponsored by SANDRA GARDNER from the Isle of Wight, UK.
Senior Academy Player FELIX ODHIAMB has been sponsored by DECLAN MOLLOY from Tuam, Galway, Ireland.
Senior Academy Player PETER MAINZ has been sponsored by AEMONN FOLEY from Derry, Ireland.
Senior Academy Player JAMES MBARIA has been sponsored by PAUL EDMED from South Shields, UK.
This now means that all our Senior Academy players have been sponsored for the 2019 season. BUT!!! please read further down the page because we have many Children’s Academy and Intermediate academy players hoping to be sponsored
CHILDREN’S AND JUNIOR ACADEMY
To sponsor any of the players below for the 2019 season for only £50, please call Gary Lamb on UK mobile: 07880732078, and you can pay via a bank transfer to the following:
Account name: SAFC KEROCHE
Account number: 25602160
Sort code: 30-95-96
Or call Gary, if you would prefer to pay by cheque.
The following children are in our children’s and junior academies, we are also looking for sponsors for each of these children.
SIMON MUCHAI age 9 MARTIN NJUGUNA age11 GEORGE NDUGU age 11
BENSON GITHIRE age 9 FRANCIS WAMUNGU age 10 DENIS KIPLIMO age 10
PETER MUSHIRA age 11 PETER MWAMUZI age 10 JACKSON THONGO age 10
PORSIA WANIJIRU age 7 MARGARET WANJIRU age 10 ROSE RUGURO age 8
IRENE NJURI age 7 TABITHA WAMBUI age 7 PETER GITHIGA age 7
WILLY WEKESA age 10 PAUL NJOROGE age 11 SIMON MBUGUA age 9
FELIX JAMBU age 10 JULIUS WANGORI age 7 SAMUEL NDUGU age 9
DAVID NJUGUNA age 4 FRANCIS KAMAU age 9 ERICK KABIRU age 10
BEN MWANGI age 10 PETER MWANGI age 11 KEN NGUGI age 12
NICK WACHIRA age 11 GLEN MURAGE age 11 PETER WANDEGWA age 11
ALEX REMISO age 10 WILSON MUSHAGI age 10
OUR INTERMEDIATE ACADEMY KIDS NOW WEAR THEIR BRADLEY LOWERY SHIRTS WITH PRIDE, TO HONOUR THEIR LOST SUNDERLAND HERO.
The following players have progressed into our Intermediate academy, with the opportunity to play games against local high schools, other academy teams, or in tournaments when possible.
Our Intermediate academy players are overseen by BEN WAITHAKA aka “BENNA”
CAN YOU HELP TO GIVE OUR INTERMEDIATE ACADEMY KIDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULFIL THEIR DREAMS, LIKE KIDS IN THE WESTERN WORLD ?
IT’S ONLY £50 TO SPONSOR ONE OF THESE PLAYERS FOR A SEASON.
SO FAR, ONLY 4 HAVE BEEN SPONSORED FOR THE 2019 SEASON, FROM OUR INTERMEDIATE ACADEMY, ALL THE OTHER BOYS ARE STILL HOPING TO BE SPONSORED.
Intermediate Academy player JULIUS WANGUR has been sponsored by STWEART STRINGER from Seaham, Co. Durham. UK.
Intermediate Academy player GEORGE WAINAINA has been sponsored by HARALD SKAARNES from Roken, Norway.
Intermediate Academy player GEOFFREY NJENGA has been sponsored by ELISHA MALEY from Sunderland, UK.
Intermediate Academy player BENSON CHEGE has been Sponsored by KEITH ATKINSON COWLEY from Washington, UK.
Intermediate academy player JAMES MBURU has been sponsored by ROB ROBINSON of TRIMDON FLOOR SCREEDERS from Trimdon, Co. Durham, UK. Tel. 07745385992 for a floor screeding quote.
CHARLES KIMATHI age 15 CHARLES IRUNGU age 15 JOSEPH MIRINGU age 15 DAVID WANYOIKE age 15 BENIDICTOR MENYUI age 14
ROBERT GITAU age 15 PETER MWANGI age 14 JAMES MWANGI age 13
PETER NGUGI age 15 STEPHEN NYUMU age 13 BLESSING GICHUHI age 13
STEPHEN MWARA age 15 SIMON MUIGAI age 16 DANIEL GITAU age 15
PETER MAINA age 14 SIMON THIOGO age 15