Sports for Sustainable Development Foundation (SSDF) is a registered charity (Reg No:1198407) in the United Kingdom, supporting disadvantaged communities around the world, using sports (football) as a platform to encourage community cohesion, providing supports towards development and wellbeing, and other vital supports designed to empower individuals to generate income towards sustainable livelihood for socio-economic development, and be self-sufficient, and also raising awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, and the role of young people and their community achieving these gaols.
Sports for Sustainable Development Foundation has identified football as a fundamental instrument to engage local communities in development, which we consider to be an innovative and practical form for social change. These social changes do not simply include improvement in material well-being but also progress in relations to equity, social cohesion, human development, and tackling many of the other major problems experienced by communities. We are committed to lead a concrete and positive contribution to sustainable development.
“The prevention or relief of poverty or financial hardship in Sierra Leone, Gambia and Uganda by providing support towards sports, education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient”.
Supporting Female football teams in Freetown
Sierra Leone Correctional Centre (National Prison) female football team. Encouraging women in Central Freetown in the sports and supporting them with football resources.
In December 2019, the Correctional Centre, and the Sierra Leone Police female football teams were given the opportunity to take part in our two weeks football gala competition organised in, Freetown at the Central Parade Ground, to encourage women in the sport.
We believe that Sports can be a useful tool to improve gender equality in society, as it has the potential to educate people for leadership, contribute to the skills needed for a various profession, through the establishment of general values such as fair play, non-discrimination, and teamwork. It can also be used to increase opportunities for women and girls to develop new skills, gain support from others and enjoy freedom of expression and movement.
Understanding gender equality: Gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men, girls, and boys. It implies that the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity of diverse groups of women and men.
How can we achieve Gender equality: Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviour’s, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured?