Galz & Goals expanding to the north
Football and Healthy Lifestyle Festivals for one thousand girls age 10-20 will launch the NFA Galz & Goals programme in Katima Mulilo on the 11th of March and in Oshakati on the 18th of March, with the long-term programme partner UNICEF Namibia present at both Festivals.
The festivals will feature football tournaments for four age groups, life skills activities by SCORE Nambia, health education and services provided by the Ministry of Health and other service providers, as well as free HIV counselling and testing for the parents and other adults.
“We are very excited about taking Galz & Goals to Zambezi and Oshana and believe the programme will make an impact in the young girls’ lives as it has done in other regions. Considering that the two regions have among the highest prevalence of HIV&AIDS among women in Namibia, it is very important for us to be able to reach out hundreds and thousands of girls with life changing life skills and health education through a sport that the girls are very keen to play, together with our partner UNICEF whom has been instrumental in the growth and success of the programme,” says Jackie Gertze, the National Manager of NFA Galz & Goals.
The NFA Galz & Goals programme combines football with life skills, HIV&AIDS and health education in order to create a platform through which adolescent girls can gain skills and knowledge through active participation and learn to make healthy choices.
With the help of UNICEF the programme has so far reached 18,000 girls around Namibia and at least 4,000 girls are expected to play in the Galz & Goals U/13, U/15, U/17 and U/20 Leagues this year.
Leading up to the Festivals in the two regions as many as 70 coaches will receive training in healthy lifestyle, HIV&AIDS and life skills coaching by the sport for development organisation SCORE Namibia, and training in how to coach girls and women in football by FIFA Instructor Jacqui Shipanga.