The south coast of Kenya may have the famous tourist destination of Diani beach but the problems encountered here in the slums of Ukunda match anything in large urban centres. There are big issues around unemployment, drugs and sex tourism.

Our academy programme reaches out to youth to use sport as a foundation to build self awareness and respect as well as to create good role models.

 The South Coast Pirates Academy currently works in 6 local schools:

  • Kwale Boys High
  • Shimba Hills Boys and Girls High
  • Waa High
  • Kaya Tiwi High
  • St Josephs Primary (ages 9 to 14)
  • Mvindeni High

 The Academy also engages schools for weekend coaching sessions and this has been well supported.

 All our coaches have formal coaching qualifications and several have come up through our schools programme.

When South Coast Pirates was first established, rugby was not a known sport. Today, it has been a powerful tool in transforming the lives of hundreds of children. Indeed, there have been some wonderful success stories over the years at South Coast.

Charles Tendwa, once a small child at the South Coast Pirates Academy, is now playing rugby for his country with over 40 championship caps. 

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