Watoto Africa Soccer Awards (WASA)
WASA is an annual youth football festival that involves a series of tournaments and Gala Award ceremonies for children above 4 years and below 18 years. WASA now proudly counts 6 editions including a Ugandan edition.
Over 30,000 girls and boys from diverse cultures have played in the games since 2012. Community teams and school teams are mostly involved in these fun and competitive games.
Winning teams and outstanding players are recognized at the prestigious Galas. During the Gala, youth also get to listen to success stories from sports legends, comedians and other influential personalities.
WASA currently operates in Kenya and Uganda.
WASA VISION: To become a global youth soccer festival that promotes talent and offers mentorship platforms.
- There is an urgent need to keep young people busy and away from social evils like drug abuse, crime, radicalization and early sexual encounters. During WASA, Youth are kept busy close to three months.
- WASA addresses the lack grass root football structures for younger players. There is a need to create fun, structured and competitive football programs for talented young players within the country.
- WASA deliver vital messages to youth each year. WASA 2017 theme is embracing cultural diversity for peaceful co-existence. Through this platform we continue communicate important messages for social development.
- There is need to provide youth with mentorship and job opportunities. Through our various WASA departments not limited to: event management, photography, and video coverage, MCs, journalism and refereeing young people have been empowered and motivated to pursue that which they are passionate about.