10 Regions for Galz and Goals National championship on Saturday

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The Namibia Footfall Association (NFA) Technical Centre will on Saturday be a heave of activities as the 2017 Galz and Goals National Football and Healthy Lifestyle Championship brings together 10 regional teams to battle for supremacy.

Organised by the Women’s department, the championship returns after a year’s break in 2016, due to financial constraints and looks at scouting some of the girls into national structures. Zambezi and Oshana regions are the latest regions to confirm their participation. Other regions are: Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Karas, Erongo, Omaheke, Ohangwena, Hardap and Kavango West.

Galz and Goals Technical assistant Lydia Hatzenberg says the championship is an opportunity for the programme to showcase some of the health activities they get involved with, such as free HIV testing, hand washing campaigns as well as various life skills games.

“This championship is not only about football but also looks at exposing girls from different regions to the facilities we have here because playing in regions does not give them an opportunity to travel and experience the various things we have to offer” Hatzenberg said.

J.S Academy were the inaugural winners of the U/15 category of the championship in 2009, while Pumpkins took the U/13 Cup. The second edition expanded to other regions, and saw Hardap taking the cup in 2013, followed by Khomas who the third championship.

The winner gets training equipment as well as a gold Trophy, while the second runner ups get silver and bronze for the third runner ups. The healthy lifestyle award will go to the region with an exceedingly great Sports to life curriculum for the year and has visited all healthy lifestyle booths during the championship.

Galz and Goals Coordinator Jackie Gertze says she is looking forward to having the newly added regions play on Saturday and that 2017 is a sign of growth for the girls’ youth football in Namibia and starts at 07h00.