Football facility latest sports addition to children’s hospital

Sunday December 30 2018

Children playing football after the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new modern football pitch at the Shoe4Africa Children's Hospital in Eldoret on December 30, 2018. PHOTO | BERNARD ROTICH |


Sick children on the road to recovery will benefit from an artificial turf football pitch which will be built next to the over 200-bed capacity Shoe4Africa Foundation Children's Hospital - which serves East and Central Africa - in Eldoret.

This comes barely a week after Shoe4Africa Chief Executive Officer Toby Tanser opened a modern basketball court at the facility.

Accompanied by Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) CEO Wilson Aruasa, they launched a modern football pitch measuring 22x14m for the children which will be built by Floor Decor Kenya.

According to Toby, the pitch will help the young recovering kids to be get active before they go home and continue training in sports.

“The kids need to be fit and after launching the basketball court, we saw it wise to start a football pitch which will help those in recovery,” said the former athlete.

He also lauded Hull City football team who donated playing kits for the young children.


“We are really happy because this will motivate the young ones even after leaving the hospital,” added Toby.

MTRH CEO said that the hospital has been keen on starting a new project every year which is beneficial to young children.

“We are really happy because Toby has been of good help to the young children and his projects will always help us as a hospital to bring up a healthier generation,” he said.

Next to the hospital are two classrooms which he said will help those who are taking long to recover.

“We have also built two classrooms which can be used by sick children who might take long to recover which will also be equipped with computers. When they go back to school they will be able to catch up with the rest,” added the CEO.

Last week athletes including two-time Boston Marathon champion Moses Tanui, four-time New York Marathon winner Mary Keitany, former London Marathon champion Martin Lel, 1992 3,000m steeplechase Olympics gold medallist Mathew Birir and his brother Jonah Birir joined Toby to distribute gifts to 230 children who are admitted at the facility.