It is our pleasure to introduce our “Sport Work” model program titled “Sport for Sustainable Development”. The approach of this model uses a community hub, as a “One Stop Shop”, incorporating a “football Academy (Superstars Football Academy), and other community outreach activities, providing supports, advice, and resources including refurbished tools, football kits, books, and other charitable resources relevant towards the development and wellbeing of disadvantaged community people, including those living with disabilities. Also promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Promoting gender equality using football as a platform
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?
Our Approach: is on capacity building, using sports (football) as a platform to promote other various development initiatives, to empower children and young people to enhance their personal development and wellbeing, and understanding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the role of young people achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through capacity building interventions such as relevant workshops/training and life skill education.
One Stop Shop: The main idea of the multifunctional information centre is to establish a safe and generative public space that will provide valuable service to young people such as accessing the internet, training on ICT, enterprise development, leadership, mental health awareness and various other capacity building interventions, and signposting them to other relevant services towards their development and wellbeing.
Sport Academy: “Superstars Football Academy”.
The idea behind the facility, is to encourage community cohesion and to create a sustainable academy, to promote football amongst young, disadvantaged people and develop their talents in the sport with a far-reaching plan to locate and scout young players and help to market their talent at national, regional, and international level, and fulfilment of their individual sporting potential.
Weekly (Every weekend) indoor and outdoor training with workshops/seminars and training to develop their technical ability/movement/agility, fitness game understanding as well as character and desire.
We will ensure that each player is being challenged and continue to learn football fundamentals throughout the year with fun and comprehensive training syllabus program, with weekly football training and gala competitions.
The youth football gala tournament aimed to bring diverse young people together, from various neighbouring areas encouraging them to the sports, raise awareness on key issues such: public health, gender equality, reducing serious youth violence and drug abuse as well as promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the role of young people in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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