Girls & Foobtball SA realise need for upliftment (16 Jun 2014)
Realising the need for upliftment Girls & Football SA have stepped up to the plate by introducing young disadvantaged girls to the beautiful game and in turn paving the way to a brighter future.
3 years and 3000 girls later this NGO has grown under the leadership of three dynamic women; Founder- Jos Dirks, Project Manager- Myrna Lemmen and Workshop Leader/Coach – Nanganso Selana, who are passionate about educating and supporting the next generation of women.
It is through this organisation that girls are taught the skills and lessons that come along with football such as being a team player, being disciplined and staying healthy. However it does not end there, as these women aim to create a safe space for these girls to grow and develop and speak about issues they grapple with.
It is also a belief that when a girl plays sport, she is more likely to perform better in school tasks and therefore less susceptible to ills like teenage pregnancy; a big trend in the disadvantaged communities these girls stem from.
Sport also provides the needed platform for education on integral issues such as HIV/AIDS and the right to say “No.” As these women aim to get these girls to make healthier decisions holistically in promoting a good self esteem and developing positive contributors to society.
It has not been an easy road though, as they face ridicule from boys who deem football a ‘man’s game’, but this has only made these girls stronger as they stand up for themselves in practicing the skills taught.
We as a nation have a long way to go in empowering our girls but with organisations like Girls & football SA we are definitely on the right track.