School performance & attendance
Physical & emotional wellbeing
Essential life skills
It is humbling to witness football transforming young lives in rural Africa
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Head Coach and Ace Africa Patron
The Ace Africa-Future Stars Academy 2016 Football League is a 10-week league involving 20 teams from 13 underprivileged primary schools in Arusha District and 20 teams from 10 schools in Moshi. The project aims to bring quality football training and the opportunity for sporting excellence to some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children in Tanzania.
When will the League occur?
The 2016 League will be broken into 2 time periods in Arusha in order to accommodate the school schedule and upcoming rainy season. The first leg of the Arusha League began the week of 8 February with its final game being played during the first week of March. The league is to continue on 18 July for 5 additional weeks of games, with the final event taking place at the end of August.
Due to the huge success of the Future Stars Football League in Arusha, Ace Africa have been awarded a grant to help set up a new league based in Moshi, Kilimanjaro region. Game play will take on a similar effect to that of the Arusha League, with the first game scheduled to begin 25 July for 5 games with its final match being played at the end of August. The second half the Moshi League is to be confirmed.
Which schools will participate in the League?
The Arusha league involves 20 teams from 13 underprivileged primary schools.
The Moshi league comprises 20 teams from 10 underprivileged primary schools.
How were the schools chosen?
Ace Africa, the main league sponsor, chose the participating schools, in consultation with *The Future Stars Academy”, based on multiple criteria and factors. The main factor was that the primary school must have an established Ace Africa Child-to-Child Club, of which Ace has 40 such clubs in the Arusha area with 15 in Moshi. An additional important factor was the logistical challenge in reaching the school, especially in rainy conditions. While Ace Africa would, of course, love to include more schools in the league, financial constraints are limiting the 2016 league to 10 teams. However, this is a substantial increase over the 6 schools participating in the last league in 2014.
*Future Stars Academy (FSA) The Future Stars Soccer Tanzania, most commonly known as Future Stars Academy (FSA), is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to kick a ball and build the future. The Future Stars Academy is based in Arusha, Tanzania. FSA builds the resilience, responsibility and leadership potential of children, by offering them a chance to live their dreams as footballers, and insisting that there is no football without school. FSA does more than provide football training and competition. It gives children hope. FSA builds their skills and forms the citizens of tomorrow.