WINDHOEK - The popular SPAR/NFA Galz & Goals Leagues are to take a break for the upcoming school holidays before resuming in the next school term.
According to the leagues’ national coordinator Jackey Gertze, the main participants in these games are school-going girls, hence the importance for them to enjoy their well deserved break.
“There is a tremendous increase in the number of teams participating in the leagues this year. Windhoek SPAR/NFA G&G alone operates at 33 schools and academy teams. Rundu SPAR/NFA G&G has 14 teams, Gobabis 13, Keetmaanshop 14, Swakopmund 11, Eehnana 16 and Okahandja 15, which brings the total to 116 U-13 and U-15 teams from all over the country from June-October this year.”
Gertze added that Unicef Namibia is once again committed to assisting the NFA to expand the programme to Otjiwarongo and Mariental in October later this year.
“This year’s Otjiwarongo and Mariental festivals are very special in the sense that the New “S2L” (Sports to Life) curriculum will be introduced to the youth, girls, community coaches (teachers) by means of a two-day workshop at each of these two towns.”
The Iron Lady of Namibian football further explained that two more days will be spend on technical and tactical coaching courses and the certification of such participants by Fifa coaching instructor- Jacqueline Shipanga, while Glaz & Goals partners SCORE will once again hold a one day workshop on healthy life styles with the same coaches before the Seven-A-side festival cum tournament for U-13 and U-15 girls.
The NFA Women Desk will spend at least 6-7 days in one town to implement the Galz & Goals project, while the final day will see the election of a Galz & Goals Committee and Coordinator to introduce U-13 and U-15 leagues for young girls in the new season of 2013.
“We are determined to help and educate young girls about how good and healthy life style can be the right choice to avoid irresponsible sexual behaviour, early pregnancies, and how young girls can take up football for fun, fitness, healthy body development and eventually economic benefits for them and their family.”