Kolo and the Mighty Mangoes by Dave Caswell arose from the author’s experience of heading up Oasis’ ‘Football for Life’ programme. The programme takes place in Uganda, Mozambique and India, as well as the UK, and combines football training with skills for life, such as money management, horticulture and personal character development.
Kolo and the Mighty Mangoes tells the story of Kolo, a young boy who joins the Mighty Mangoes football team and encounters many highs and lows as the team aims to win the local cup competition. Along the way, there are lots of life lessons that Kolo and the team must learn, with questions at the end of each chapter to help the reader reflect on and consider their own responses and decision making.
The book is aimed at 9 to 13-year-olds but has also been enjoyed by both younger and older readers and is also available as eBook from Amazon.
“Kolo and the Mighty Mangoes is a brilliantly engaging story that will not only capture the minds of its readers, but also teach valuable life lessons. The questions at the end of each chapter help the reader to examine their own decision making and behaviour, and ultimately provide a great way for them to develop positive character building.”
Simon Thomas (Sports Presenter, Author and Podcaster)
“A great story run through with so many vital moments of learning that will definitely help children to focus on who they are and who they are becoming. And yes – It may well have been written for young readers, but Kolo and the Mighty Mangoes is a story that can help all of us to think about all those ‘vital moments’ we have every day where we get to choose what kind of person we want to be.”
Jill Rowe (Ethos & Formation Director, Oasis UK)