Four students, who were part of the National U13 team that graced the inaugural Southampton Cup in the United Kingdom last year, were today January 11, 2018, enrolled at the Juja Preparatory School football center of excellence.

A first of its kind, the center is the product of a partnership between Football Kenya Federation and Juja Preparatory School which will see FKF provide top equipment and trained coaches to the school, while the players further their academic credentials at the institution.

The four are part of a total of eight students set to enroll at the center, with a further 12 scheduled to join Laiser Hill School, which is also a Center of Excellence, in the course of the month.

“We are aiming at blending elite football and education. This way, we can mould all-rounded footballers who are intelligent and above all technically gifted,” said FKF Education Officer David Ouma.

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The school is also set to upgrade three of its football grounds to international standards, with a contractor already on site for the project.

“We are setting up quality fields for the programme. We have also employed fulltime teachers and coaches to implement the curriculum. Our collaboration with FKF is welcome as we believe it will elevate the level of football in this country” said the School’s Director Dr. Richard Muigai, during the launch of the partnership late last year.

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The players, who were part of the National U13 team last year, have now graduated to U15, in line with FKF’s efforts of forming a formidable team for future AFCON and World Cup assignments