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ABOUT US

TK Born and raised is set up to provide opportunities for some of the most underprivileged teens in London and Sierra Leone, through the power of football.

 

Sierra Leone is one of the world's poorest countries and the outlook for many young people in the country is bleak. Over 50% of the population live below the poverty line and the average life expectancy of just 54 years. 

Many underprivileged children are from single-parent backgrounds or are Orphans, the fortunate ones selling local produce on the streets to feed their families, the less fortunate forced to live on the streets without a roof over their heads.

Our mission is not simply to help these children to survive but to thrive and become the future leaders of socio-economic change in their communities. 

To achieve our aim, we have set up the TK Born and raised academy in Makeni, the largest city in the northern province. In addition to football coaching, our members have access to regular meals, accommodation, formal education and basic medical care to fight diseases, such as Malaria and the Zika virus. 

TK Born and Raised have recently hired a tutor to teach skills in carpentry, masonry, arts & crafts, architecture and basic Microsoft office applications. These vocational skills will create career opportunities outside of football, allowing the teens to become financially independent when they graduate from the TK Born and Raised academy. 

The academy programme is already producing success stories in Makeni, with four of our members making the Sierra Leone U17 squad. Within the academy itself, our senior members have become head coaches of the programme itself, mentoring the younger members and allowing the programme to become more self-sufficient. The key to our success is through educating, empowering and developing young people to create a brighter future.

We bring these principles to our local communities here in the UK, where we run regular football coaching sessions, in both groups and on a one-to-one basis. Through our work with the Metropolitan Police FC, we also work closely on rehabilitating young offenders in the local community where access to support is limited.