When a girl plays football, she is more likely to perform better in school. When she performs better in school, she is less likely to become pregnant as a teenager. She makes better healthier choices, is more likely to have a high self-esteem and contributes positively to society.
Girls’ football in Zambia is both very understated and underfunded. They are often discouraged from playing sports and instead are tied up in household work like cleaning, cooking and looking after their younger siblings.
The introduction of our Girls’ Programme challenges traditional gender roles and creates opportunities for young women to fulfil their potential and become the next generation of African role models.
“We empower girl’s to overcome cultural challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.”
We give them a starting point for exposure and development of their football skills, alongside giving academic bursaries, providing nutritional support and giving monthly allowances.
Currently we have 22 girls registered at the academy and are are actively part of our programmes. They are now participating in a new girls’ league for 2019 which will give them regular competition between many teams around Livingstone.