NFA Galz & Goals takes Zambezi by storm

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The NFA Galz & Goals Football and Healthy Life Style program was officially launched on Saturday at the Katima Mulilo Sport Complex, attracting 568 girl footballers and 42 coaches.

The colourful and joyful launch of the popular NFA Flagship development program was blessed by Her Worship The mayor of Katima Mulilo Madam Georginia Mwiya, as well as UNICEF Deputy Country Representative Markus Betts, the NFA 1st Vice President Dr. Naftal Ngalangi, Zambezi Regional Sport Officer Ben Luponjani, NFA Regional Acting Chairman Morris Busundu and Representatives from the Ministries of Education and Health.

Leading up to the Launch, a five-day training workshop with 42 Teachers, Coaches, Life skills Teachers and Community based volunteer coaches, was held to teach the coaches has learn how to integrate life skills and Health Education into their training sessions and how to coach young girls in Football through basic coaching courses conducted by FIFA Instructor Jacqueline Shipanga, and Sport2Life training by SCORE Namibia.

The Mayor of Katima Mulilo Her Worship Mwiya urged all stakeholders from Sports, Education, Health and Local Government and Regional Government to see such efforts as a step in the right direction and support its purpose in order to fulfil the National Harambee plan where Government aims at not leaving out a single person based on gender, race, economical circumstances, or geographical area of origin.

The Festival provided the opportunity to all adults and parents to visit and make use of the Voluntary HIV Testing, testing of TB and sugar, blood pressure and other environmental testing and information booths. Young girls spent a lot of time at the dentary service learning how best to take care of their teeth.

UNICEF Namibia also shared information with the young girls visiting their information booth on the day and mainly engaged in talks with the adolescent girls on their understanding of the program.

The Zambezi Galz & Goals Coordinator Boston Likando, who has been hailed as a great coordinator, was very happy with the turn out of the girls and coaches that committed to the five day training workshop leading up to the Festival. He also thanked the Government and UNICEF for raising the excitement among the hundreds of young girls by attending the Festival and interacting with the little ones.

He urged the leadership of NFA to support the youth program for girls and in so doing encourage more girls to spend their time in school and on the sports field instead of from school to street.