The Namibia football Association will be presenting the world renowned Galz & Goals Projects at a Football Symposium on Women Football in Frankfurt next week.
The NFA will be making a presentation on the success and challenges of the exciting Gals & Goals development project at the symposium which is organized by FIFA every four years during the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Jackey Gertze, from the NFA Women’s Desk, will be accompanied by secretary general Barry Rukoro at the symposium which will take place from July 15 to 17.
Gertze explained that the presentation will be looking at how to enhance participation of girls and women in the game of soccer.
“I must show them what the project entails for girls to join it in big numbers and how we have done so that maybe other countries could learn from it as well”.
Gertze will also form part of the panel discussion on wome's football structures in the football federations.
“We will be looking at how to establish structures and what benefits it provides for women's football development.”
The Galz & Goals project empowers Namibian girls aged 9-15 to live a healthy life through participating in football leagues and festivals.
Football is used as a platform to promote healthy living and avoiding risky behaviours associated with the spread of HIV and since its launch in November 2009 the festivals have attracted over 2 000 girls.
The project welcomes teachers, coaches and community members to become qualified NFA Galz & Goals coaches. Full training is provided on healthy lifestyles and basic NFA certified football coaching. Refresher courses are provided annually.
The festival creates a platform for establishing teams, sparking interest in women’s football, giving opportunities for girls to participate in sports and educating community members of the importance of empowering young girls.
The Galz & Goals program is also featured in the latest FIFA Magazine June/July 2011 edition in a special tribute headlined “Reaching New Heights”.