CHIGOLI ON CNN
In late 2017, CNN flew out to Malawi to make a documentary on Chigoli Academy, profiling our work, the power of our player stories whilst creating global exposure. Click the CNN logo, or here to watch the documentary.
CHigoli Academy - CREATING PATHWAYS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF THE WORLD'S POOREST CHILDREN
Malawi's premiere elite football development academy. Chigoli stands on three pillars - Advanced Football Coaching, Education and Character Development.
Chigoli means 'goal' in Chichewa, the main traditional language of Malawi. Malawi is the poorest country in the world per capita with the majority of the population trapped in cycles of poverty. A country where under 12% of children finish secondary school and over 10% of the population live with HIV. Football is hugely under resourced and there are a lack of youth leagues in the country.
Chigoli work to identify talented young boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16, then train them in a holistic, player-centred environment. Among Chigoli’s Academy players, 95% come from backgrounds of poverty – the majority of their families live well below the poverty line.
Chigoli’s goal is to give these young people a future and create role models for generations to come.
In practice this means Chigoli invest deeply in our players’ lives. We provide training, fund their education and offer nutritional and emotional support in order for them to fulfill their potential.
In addition to the Academy, Chigoli operates a vibrant community programme supporting disadvantaged groups in Malawi through football tournaments, including street children, the blind and refugees. Plans are being implemented to create a network of satellite feeder teams across the Central Region of Malawi to increase our knowledge of and access to talented young players.
The Chigoli Community Programme engages with over 2,000 children in Malawi each year. For those who display academic or footballing potential Chigoli offer life-changing pathways to previously unattainable opportunities.
Chigoli – Change the Game.
Travel To Malawi
Malawi is a beautiful country in South East Africa of circa 16m of the friendliest people on the continent.
In 2015 the World Bank declared Malawi the poorest country in the world per capita. The effects of this are everywhere. There is a chronic lack of drugs in hospitals and the average Malawian lives below the poverty line. Of Malawian children 50% suffer from stunting due to poor nutrition. Around 10% of the population lives with HIV.
Schools are under huge pressure. Insufficient classrooms and resources often lead to class sizes of over 100 pupils; education is often reduced to learning by repetition.
Most children don’t stand a chance.
Chigoli was established in 2014 to offer pathways out of poverty for talented and gifted children, using football and education to connect with and support disadvantaged groups.
Malawi needs positive role models to inspire future generations. Chigoli is working to find and enable community leaders of the future.
To support Chigoli's work creating and redefining opportunities for children born into poverty please click the 'Donate' link to the right.
‘Chigoli is run by two men who have Africa in their hearts and determined to make a substantial difference through football. They have the passion, knowledge and drive to make their vision a reality. To progress as a continent we must support concepts like Chigoli, they empower the next generation of role models through the continents one unifying language, football. Right to Dream are proud to be supporting this project.’
Tom Vernon, Founder - Right to Dream Academy, Ghana