About Us


Who We Are

Welcome to MYSA. We want to empower young people through sport to help them to fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams.

MYSA was founded and registered as a self-help youth sports and community development project in 1987 and was first based in Mathare – one of Africa’s largest and poorest slums. Where more than 900,000 people live in slums and call these slums their home, living in mud huts with no clean water, electricity or sanitation. When you grow up in a place like this, it can be hard to be optimistic about your future.

Today over 25,364 youths on 1,731 teams take part in the MYSA sports, slum cleanup, AIDS prevention, leadership training, jailed kids, photography, music and other community development activities. Another 10,000 youth from eight countries participate in a similar sport and development project initiated by MYSA in 1999 in the Kakuma refugee camp in northwest Kenya.

Today the MYSA Headquarters is located in Komarocks in the Nairobi Eastlands, supported by the 16 MYSA Zones.

Using Sport

We use sport combined with community outreach and development activities.To give young people the skills and confidence they need to aim higher, achieve more and improve their lives. MYSA is run by the Youth and for the Youth who take part in its activities and gives the youth an opportunity to dream of a brighter future.

There are 25,364 (Boys 17,770 and Girls 7,594) football teams in 180 leagues across MYSA’s 16 zones. We play around 14,000 matches each year.

But MYSA is more than football, apart from goals, teams earn points from taking part in other activities off the pitch, like community cleanups, participating in HIV/AIDS awareness sessions and volunteering as a referee or a coach for other teams. This earns extra points which could be the difference between a team winning the league, or being relegated.

What We Do

MYSA motto is ‘giving youth a sporting change on and off the field’. Our love of football has enabled many  to complete their education, cleanup the areas where they  live, taught them how to protect ourselves from sexually transmitted diseases, given them an opportunity to perform on stage and to support the less fortunate in the community .

All MYSA activities are linked by a system of points. You get points for playing in matches, taking part in clean-ups, attending an HIV/AIDs awareness sessions and volunteering as a referee or a coach for other teams. The points go towards your team’s ranking in the league.

You can also earn Leadership points for taking part in an activity. These points are part of our Leadership Awards Scheme, that gives education scholarships to the most active and enthusiastic  MYSA members.

Our Policies


MYSA was founded by Bob Munro who is the Managing Director of XXCEL Africa Ltd. He is also the Chairman of Mathare United Football Club, one of Kenya’s top 5 football clubs. Since 1985 he has lived and worked in Africa as a Senior Advisor on Environmental Policy, Water Resource Management and Sustainable Development for African Governments, Regional Development Organizations and the United Nations.He is also the Chairman of the MYSA Board of Trustees.