The six day Galz & Goals Festival concluded on Saturday at the Lüderitz Sports Stadium.
The festival started on Monday, 7 February with a Sports 2 Life Coaching training followed by an NFA Introductory Coaching Course for the coaches of the various schools and finally concluding in style with a football festival tournament of different age groups starting from u/13 to u/20.
Addressing the excited spectators at the stadium, !Nami#Nus Regional Councillor Jan Scholtz thanked UNICEF Namibia and partners for the initiative and highlighted the importance of the league for young girls in Lüderitz.
“These are very noble ideals indeed because youth development implies development of youth from childhood into adulthood resulting into a desired change of attitudes, in acting behaviour and thinking which should be finally crowned with personality development.
He further on went to add that amongst the various categories of youth, one of the most prominent yet not very well known, is that of the girl child. In most government youth policies in Africa, the girl child is rarely addressed as a special target group.
“Therefore I’m happy that we are launching the NFA Galz & Goals League in Lüderitz, this will provide an environment where young girls can grow into leaders while playing sports and being empowered with the necessary life skills”.
The football tournament kicked off with the u/13 age group and Diaz Primary School were the overall champions in that group when they defeated Nautilus Primary School to be named champions
Lüderitz Junior Secondary School came out victorious in the u15 age group while crowd favourite Angra Pequena Secondary School lifted the trophy for the u/17 and /u20 age group respectively.
Josephine Uuwanga a grade six learner at Diaz Primary School walked away with the Player of the tournament award.
The Galz & Goals League will officially be expected to commence in May in Lüderitz.