Lengo Football Academy
We are proud to partner with the Lengo Football Academy. Founded in 2012, the Lengo Football Academy is located on the outskirts of Arusha with more than 140 current members (boys and girls) ranging from 5-22 years old. It is a non-for-profit that offers opportunities for disadvantaged youth, street children and orphans to better their lives through football (soccer). They also support their members with their primary and secondary education, vocational training and university education through sponsorships and have they partnered with local companies to help its players secure employment with the aim to fight the cycle of poverty. In addition, they provide high quality football training, producing professional players, coaches and referees from those who have the talent, ability and desire.
In addition to gaining skills in leadership and learning about commitment, equality, respect, responsibility and teamwork through football, Lengo’s members and their families are also educated on health issues such as basic sanitation, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS, addiction and depression.
When you book your safari or trek with us you are also contributing to the Lengo Football Academy as a percentage of our profits are used to purchase much needed equipment including, but not limited to, soccer balls, bibs, shoes and referee whistles numerous times a year.
For those travellers who wish to experience the Lengo Football Academy first-hand, we offer a half day tour (available from Monday to Saturday) where you will walk through the village where you will see the player’s homes, majority are one-room, simple mud huts with up to 7 family members living together. You will witness the positive impact the Lengo Football Academy is having on the community before attending a training session where one of the players will take you through their program and explain how they assist and train the players. You will have the opportunity to meet the players and, if you like, have a kick of the football!
To learn more about the Lengo Football Academy you can visit their website: https://lengofootballacademy.com/