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Origins and brief history
   Sporting Chance International began life as “Sports Equipment to Kenya”. In July of 1998, Alan Thomas, our founder, travelled by invitation to Nairobi with his teenage son, Matthew. They spent two weeks coaching football on a church compound in Umoja, a city suburb. The site was rough, bumpy and grass-less, but everyday nearly a hundred boys turned up.The boys were having regular coaching from Steve Mucheru who was struggling with poor facilities and just two footballs. Steve played for Kenyan Super League side KCC. His passion, coaching ability and organisational skills were exemplary. His standards were exactly what we wanted to see replicated across the country.alan_founder

 During the annual visit in 2001 a very productive meeting saw the birth of the idea of SCI.  The fledgling charity found a non government Christian organisation, Life Reformation International, based in Githurai on the outskirts of Nairobi. They were willing to provide a Kenyan board of trustees to monitor and assist in the work of SCI throughout the year, not just during visits by volunteers from the UK. This association prospered and helped the development of new geographical locations, especially in Mumias, where our links have continued until the present time.

storm_trenthamSCI gained NGO status in Kenya in 2005. By 2007, the west Cornwall based trustees were at a critical point, with a number of projects across Kenya, but with limited funding streams to fulfil them.  At this time Storm Trentham contacted SCI and asked to work for the charity on a volunteer basis. Her enthusiasm, personal contacts and occupational situation at the time provided a way forwards. Now, through her own company, DBA Sports, she continues to support the charity.

   In Kenya links have been made with Tearfund which gives opportunity for groups and families to visit Kenya to do short term mission work. One of the first families to take up this offer were the Balckbourn's from Shrewsbury.  As a consequence, SCI has deveolped a partnership with their church, Barnabus Community Church of New Frontiers. Portsmouth based charity, Faith & Football have also shown interest in our work and we are currently building on that link.

   In 2015 the board of trustees in the UK stood down, while the charity continues to run successfully through the current board of trustees in Kenya.


New UK partners


Exciting new developments are occurring through three links in particular:


Faith & Football.org.uk


Barnabus Community Church, Shrewsbury


DBA Sports


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or email our Kenya Director, Fred Osore, to find out more.


            Fred Osore

What we aim to do

  • develop a sense of self worth
  • provide opportunities for personal development where they are few and under resourced


  • enhance the education and quality of life of the under privileged


  • encourage and facilitate participation by individuals in sport who would otherwise have no opportunity to do so


  • freely supply and distribute sports equipment for young people, especially in developing countries


  • encourage and support teachers and coaches who struggle with few resources


  • provide opportunities for voluntary service overseas for young people wishing to be involved in shaping lives through sport


  • develop and establish a network of contacts who will support these objectives


  • Fred O. Osore, Country Director
  • Alois Patrick, Programs Officer, Nairobi
  • Noah Wanakayi, Programs Officer, Mumias
  • Ruth Malala, Office Administration, Mumias
  • Peter Abungu, Programs Officer, Mumias


Board of Trustees
  • Chairman, Steve Mwangi
  • Vice-Chairman, Jamaes Mugambi
  • Treasurer, Magdalene Ngotho
  • Fred Osore, Country Director