NFA Girls Centre takes in 14 girls
History was made last week when the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Girls Centre took its first intake of 14 girls.
The centre, which was inaugurated in March, opened its doors to the aspiring young girls last Friday, who are looking forward to their football and academic training.
Their parents also expressed their excitement.
NFA Girls Centre Director Jackey Gertze said she was looking forward to working with the girls, while NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro called on them to work hard and set a precedent.
“This is your chance to be the first, and being the first means you have to set an example, and a great one of course. You must learn about confidence, determination and self-control and the ability to be visible and lead to social change,” Rukoro said.
Representing the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, one of the major sponsors of the NFA Girls Centre, was Christian Petersen.
The following footballers were selected by coach Jacqui Shipanga, based on their needs and participation in the Galz & Goals programme: Anna Shikusho, Shanice Daries, Valerie Kamburutue, Laesa Hanse, Julia Rutjindo, Lydiana Nanamus, Vanessa !Noreses, Sara Asino, Chantelle Engelbrecht, Gwen Narises, Mbitjita Mungunda, Batista Kasume, Memory Ngonda and Beverly Ngozondu.
The German government mandated the GIZ GmbH to conduct the sector programme title ‘Sport for Development’ in Namibia.
On 17 March 2014, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the vision to empower girls and young women through sport.
Through this MoU, a Girls Centre was constructed for the purpose of creating a safe space for girls and young women.
The signatories of the MoU include the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, the NFA, the German Football Association (DFB), the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia (FLVW), and the GIZ GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).