08 Sep 2022
Ugandan dance troupe the Triplets Ghetto Kids paid a visit to Aspire Academy as part of their tour of Qatar.
The 12 youngsters aged between 5 and 12, who have 386,000 subscribers on YouTube with some videos having been viewed more than 5 million times, showed off not only their dance skills but their football ones too.
Triplets Ghetto Kids is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Uganda “with a mission of using music, dance and drama to help disadvantaged children, street children and orphans to achieve basic needs.”
Aspire Academy’s Technical Director for Football, Edorta Murua said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the Triplets Ghetto Kids to Aspire Academy’s Football Performance Centre we were all impressed by their dance moves and their football skills.”
“The whole team loved seeing the passion that the youngsters showed as we introduced them to what we do and what the academy has to offer.”
“Most importantly it offered our team and our student-athletes the chance to meet with kids who are less fortunate than themselves but who also have the kind of drive an passion to improve themselves that we want our youngsters to have as they strive to develop.”
During their visit they were shown round our facilities and then enjoyed an entertaining programme of events organised by our Football Department at the Football Performance Centre.
After a quick warm-up session, the kids then got to experience some of the technology that the centre boasts with some sprinting. They all raced twice over 40 metres with their times automatically recorded at 10m intervals and then published immediately on computer screens so they could see how and where they improved or lost time in their sprints.
Next was a quick game of football with all the kids involved and helped by Aspire Academy football coaches, including former Algeria international Ahmed Reda Madouni, who played professionally in Europe for clubs including Montpellier, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Nantes. Everyone got involved in the game and some of them showed they have really football skills.
A penalty shoot-out followed with everyone taking a kick which they were then able to watch seconds later in slow motion on a giant screen in front of them.
The visit ended as they had everyone in attendance enthralled with their impromptu dance moves, with the routine incorporating some ball juggling tricks.
Once the show was over Aspire Academy staff and student-athletes made sure they had their photos taken with the Ghetto Kids.