The Khomasdal Field in Windhoek was a hive of activity on Saturday morning as the NFA’s Galz & Goal Healthy Lifestyle football festival in partnership with UNICEF and SCORE attracted over 200 excited young girls, as each team competed for first prize in the tournament.
Not only were the girls participating in an U13 & U15 football tournament but they also got involved with various healthy lifestyle services available at the event.
For the first time ever, the festival provided HIV testing and counselling with coaches, parents and Brave Gladiators women’s national team players testing throughout the day.
While the testing was not available to the young girls, it did however send a very important message about the seriousness of protecting yourself against infection.
To coincide with this, Childline/Lifeline were reaching out to the young girls with their community outreach stand overflowing with the girls asking questions, interviewing for the youth radio program and taking all sorts of flyers and stickers about the services provided by the youth charity.
Reaching the young girls further, partners SCORE Namibia worked with all the teams, playing various Kicking AIDS Out activities.
The tournament delivered impressive results as the talented girls fought it out to get in the top three positions.
For the U/13 division, first place was awarded to the Pink Pumpkins with second and third places going to Michelle McLean Primary School and Young Beauties.
The U/15 winners were the J.S Academy Yellow team, followed by J. S Academy green team and Hage Geingob Primary School.