FIFA and NFA join forces to rehabilitate sports facilities

WINDHOEK – The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) and Namibia Football Association (NFA) have signed an agreement to develop and rehabilitate sports fields and promote life skills through sport in local schools.

Amedia statement availed to Nampa by the NFA on Tuesday said FIFA and the NFA will work with the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on executing the projects.

The agreement was signed in South Africa by FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura; NFA President, Frans Mbidi; DFB President Reinhard Grindel; and GIZ Representative, Olaf Handloegten last week.

These projects will be in the Khomas and Ohangwena Regions, and will benefit 23 schools and one vocational training centre.

“We are thrilled by this cooperation, which is a good example of how FIFA’s member associations and governmental institutions can join forces to contribute to football development,” Samoura said.

FIFA and the NFA will renovate existing football pitches at selected schools and institutions working with young people, with FIFA and the DFB helping to provide football equipment and educate instructors for coaching, refereeing and league management.

“Sport and football opens every -body’s hearts and can motivate young people to take part in developmental activities such as vocational training courses, HIV/AIDS education or conflict resolution,” said Handloegten.

He said building 44 new and rehabilitating a further 17 sport facilities in Namibia will go a long way to mobilise especially young people.

The NFA, in partnership with the regional authorities in Namibia, will help organise the school tournaments and competitions.

In all cases, a strong emphasis on life skills programmes will go hand in hand with sports coaching. These integrated life skills programmes will seek to address several inter-related challenges such as high HIV and Aids prevalence among Namibians aged 15 to 24-years; high levels of teenage pregnancies; high levels of gender-based violence; as well as substance and alcohol abuse.

The overall objective is to provide better access to football and sporting facilities and equipment, increase the sporting capacity of the schools involved and widen the participation of children in football. – Nampa

March 2017
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