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Creating opportunities to discover sports: “I learned to like football,” says Cleusia

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© UNICEF Mozambique/2013/Elina Penttinen
“Running is good for your health. One of the good things about football is that you get to run as well,” explains Cleusia Cavel. “And it’s fun!”

“I didn’t use to like football. I thought it was only for adults,” admits Cleusia Cavel, a 12-year-old student from EPC 25 de Junho Unidade 1 school in Chibuto, Gaza, with a shy smile.

She watched her friends play at the football ground after school but wasn’t interested in participating. “And during Physical Education classes, we were only playing and jumping rope,” she said. “I think our teacher hadn’t had much training.”

Things changed during fifth grade, however. Nowadays Cleusia’s Physical Education classes are much more varied. They include athletics, volleyball and handball, among other things – and, of course, football.

“I actually started to like football,” Cleusia laughs. “My friends asked me to participate in their game and I went. And I learned.” Her favourite position is goalkeeper. “I like to defend.”

Another big change was the building of the new sports grounds at the upper schoolyard. The concrete ground is one of the few paved sports grounds in Chibuto and the students are proud of it.

Physical Education classes have taught Cleusia to appreciate things she didn’t use to. “Like running, for instance. Running is good for your health. One of the good things about football is that you get to run as well,” explains Cleusia. “And it’s fun!”

In the future, Cleusia would like to be an accountant in Maputo. “For that, one needs to study a lot. I like mathematics and Portuguese. I think that will help,” she concludes with a decisive look in her eyes.

For further information, please contact:

Patricia Nakell, UNICEF Mozambique,
Tel: +258 82 312 1820; Email: pnakell@unicef.org

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique
Tel. (+258) 21 481 100; Email: maputo@unicef.org

 

 
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