Promoting healthy lifestyles, life skills through football

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Windhoek

Training in a newly developed Football4Life coaching manual was recently offered to the sports community in Windhoek and Eenhana.

The Football4Life manual integrates HIV-prevention, sexual reproductive health and life skills into the football coaching lessons for young people. It also gives coaches sample sessions on how to coach different age groups and how to gain positive youth development through football.

The manual is based on a Training of Trainers concept, and 20 coaches were trained as facilitators beforehand by Skillshare International, South Africa.

In Windhoek, the training was held at the Special Olympics and Football for Hope Centre in Katutura and was conducted by facilitators Raymond Vries from SCORE Namibia, Astrid Vries from the NFA and Thuba Sibanda from Physical Active Youth.

In Eenhana, the training was conducted by facilitator Frederick Sitali, who is the regional coordinator of the NFA Galz & Goals programme in Ohangwena Region, and Matias Haundjodjo, a sport organiser from Onamunhama CS in Ondobe. The facilitation of the training was supported by the Sport for Development expert, Donny Jurgens from Skillshare International.

Both Football4Life training events in Windhoek and Eenhana attracted immense support, with over 30 coaches in both events from different fields, including youth coaches, sport organisers, physical education teachers, community coaches and volunteers from SCORE Namibia.

Julius Haixwa, a sport organiser from Concordia College, said how important the training was for him: “This training gave me the opportunity to learn more about the Sport for Development approach and how to integrate socially relevant issues into my coaching lessons for young people.

“Now, I am not only a coach anymore, I am a Football4Life coach, who does not only concentrate on football skills but also on the personal development of my players.”

People with disabilities were invited to the training and provision was made so they could attend the whole training, including the provision of an interpreter for a coach with hearing impairment.

GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) developed the football coaching manual, in conjunction with key partners, including the Namibia Football Association (NFA), UNICEF, UNAIDS, SCORE Namibia, German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the German Football Association (DFB).

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