This is not your typical documentary about Africa. It starts in a small village in Naivasha, Kenya and the game of football is where it begins. Back in 2007 the village started a football team called Sunderland AFC Keroche. Why this name you ask? The name was derived from African footballers who have had the chance to go and play for Sunderland football club in the UK Premier League. From day one the team has struggled with having to pay club fees; this as a result forced the players to choose between paying subs or putting food on the table for their families. With their dedication the team trained as much as they could fitting training around work commitments. During the league games they would work as late as ten minutes before kick off and with away games they would walk as far as ten miles or more to play. This team cannot be faulted for their hard work and determination.
The team got their break when Gary Lamb from the city of Sunderland came across the team on the Internet. He started to inquire more about the team and why they were called Sunderland AFC Keroche. He soon grew to know more about the team and wanted to give them a helping hand. Gary asked the community of Sunderland to donate Sunderland football shirts. The response was over whelming with donations of: full kits, brand new football boots, first aid kits and even goal nets. Tombola, a local Sunderland company helped with shipping seven large crates to Keroche. Following the over whelming response for kit Gary could not stop and went about raising money to cover costs of running the football team. Once again the community of Sunderland put their hands in their pockets and raised £2,500 meaning the team no longer had to pay for subs and were now able to pay for travel to away games. With the over whelming successes the team were also able to make a football pitch at the local school; this has not only benefited the team, but also the young people at the school.
The team have also been able to set up a children’s football academy allowing the young people to not only play football, but most importantly it has given the children something to aspire to. With this now in place the village has seen a reduction in the children committing crime or becoming involved in drugs.
We have been a part of the project for six months and feel this is an incredible opportunity to tell such a wonderful story. It’s not all about the football, its what the gesture of shirts and sponsorship has done to help this small village 4,456 miles away. If you feel as passionate as we do about telling this story we’d be forever grateful if you donated to this documentary production.
The money raised for this production will go towards, flights, accommodation, equipment hire and also any post production costs. We have already invested in this project but now need an extra hand in order to tell this story and share it with the world.
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BBC Radio Newcastle (17/12/12):
Sunday Sun: "A BOND of friendship has been forged between Wearside and Africa . . . and they’re even worshipping the red and white stripes." Read more
Roker Report: "In a guest post from filmmaker David Kenny, we let him explain about a fantastic project they've started, and hopefully you can help contribute to as the good name of Sunderland AFC has spread across the world..." Read more
Sport Byte: "Three students from the University of Sunderland will travel nearly 4,500 miles to Kenya to film a documentary about Sunderland AFC Keroche." Read more
Risks and challenges
There are many different ways to tell the story of Keroche; so if one contributor does not wish to take part. We can approach the same topic from a different angle but with a different contributor.
If anything were to happen to the equipment that we wish to take out with us to Kenya, we have sourced an equipment hire company that has the equipment we need to produce the film.
We have also had tutorials with broadcast documentary producers about how to make the most of the small time we have in Kenya and ways to work efficiently.
If a crew member were to become ill. Another crew member could step in as we are all able to do each other jobs.
Being a small crew of only three this is a challenge in itself, but all of us are just as passionate as were in June in telling this story and sharing it all with you and keeping you updated along the journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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