Pathway creation for some of the world's poorest children into internationally recognised football and education opportunities

Chigoli stands on three pillars - Advanced Football Coaching, Education and Character Development.

Chigoli means 'goal' in the main traditional language in Malawi, Chichewa. Malawi is the poorest country in the world per capita where the majority of the population are trapped in cycles of poverty and where less than 12% of children finish secondary school. There is a chronic lack of decent youth football development structures across the country and no recognisable youth leagues below u15 or at u17.

Chigoli has identified some 28 talented young players between the ages of 9 and 14 and works with them in a holistic, player centred environment through which role models for future generations shall be created. 95% of Chigoli Academy players come from families living below the poverty line of living on less than $1.25 per day. 

Many organisations in Malawi aim to help vast numbers and in reality, actually help no one. Chigoli focuses on creating real development, genuine impact for those whose talent deserves and has historically been denied - opportunity. This means significant investment into players lives, in order for them to fulfill their potential. 

Community: 

 Chigoli operates a vibrant community programme supporting disadvantaged groups in Malawi through football tournaments and satellite academy feeder teams. These include street children, the blind, refugees and both girls and boys.

The Chigoli Community Programme engages with over 2,500 children in Malawi each year and for those who display academic or footballing potential offers life changing pathways to a previously unattainable opportunities.

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MALAWI: IN FOCUS

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. In 2016 an estimated 2.8m people are suffering from hunger, there is a chronic lack of drugs in hospitals and the average Malawian is living below the poverty line with 1 in 2 Malawian children suffering from stunting due to poor nutrition.

Schools are under huge pressure also. A lack of classrooms and resources leads to class sizes often over 100 where education is often reduced to learning by repetition. Most children don’t stand a chance.

Chigoli was established in 2014 to work through soccer to reach and support disadvantaged groups and to offer pathways out of  poverty for talented and gifted children.

Malawi lacks positive role models to inspire future generations.
Chigoli is working hard to change that.

To support Chigoli's work redefining opportunities for children born into poverty please click the 'Donate' link to the right.

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