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The soccer project Meru Warriors was founded in 2013 by the Tanzanian teacher Joseph Smith and is still led by him. His goal is to make football and other sporting activities more popular in schools in order to bring the children and the whole community closer together, true to the motto: ‘Come with passion, leave with vision’. To share his passion with as many children and young people as possible, he works with various schools in Arusha. There he and other coaches offer football training several times a week for children aged three to 17 for a small fee or sometimes even free of charge. He also supports particularly talented young people through special training courses and grants. Some of the children and young people whom Joseph trains come from particularly disadvantaged families and without Meru Warriors would never have the opportunity to play football in a real team, so often prove to be the most disciplined and ambitious in training. For children and teenagers who show violent behavior at a young age, regular practice of a team sport can strengthen characteristics such as self-control, discipline and the ability to work in a team which will help them in later life. The “Meru Warriors Talent Program” is constantly looking for talented children in the student league throughout Tanzania, who are then supported by scholarships and housed together in a house in Arusha. These children train hard with the aim of being placed in a professional club once they turn 18.