Galz & Goals
Empowering young girls through football and
healthy lifestyles games
Although football is by far the most
popular sport in Namibia, there is a lack of opportunities for young girls to
partake in organized sports. In addition women and young girls are
disproportional affected by the HIV epidemic.
Galz & Goals targets girls from the ages of 10-14. As one of the
motto’s of the programme states: “girls can play too!”
We would like to see girls given the space
to grow as individuals in a safe and nurturing environment and to enjoy
themselves through the sport of football. We know that young girls are at a
particular sensitive and crucial phase of their development, as they make their
way from childhood to adolescence. Thus, it is especially important to support
the girls to navigate through this tricky stage of their lives so they can grow
into confident, self-respecting and responsible women. In this respect, the
Galz & Goals project is about much more than just playing soccer!
Since G&G launch at the end of 2009
around 2,600 girls have been exposed to the programme and healthy lifestyle
activities through football festivals while 1,500 girls now regularly play in
the Galz & Goals league. G&G leagues are currently conducted in 6
regions across the country.
In the last quarter of 2010, the Galz &
Goals initiative gained international recognition when it was awarded the ‘Sporting
Federation of the Year’ award at the Beyond Sports Summit in Chicago. Receiving
the renowned S4D award has raised the profile of the initiative at both the
national and international levels.