Galz & Goals
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Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year
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Galz & Goals is a partnership between the NFA, UNICEF and SCORE (Sports Coaches Outreach) to empower girls aged 9 to 15 to live a healthy life through participation in football leagues and festivals. Football is promoted as a positive and fun way of avoiding risk behaviours associated with the spread of HIV in Namibia, such as drinking alcohol, MCP, intergenerational and transactional sex. Joining our league through school or community teams, girls become Galz & Goals members and receive a G&G Passport containing an oath and tips on living a healthy life, encouraging dreams and aspirations. They also receive a booklet introducing football and healthy living through tips and interactive games using female Namibian and International role models. Structured sustainable leagues are created in each region by teachers, parents, girls, coaches and volunteers from the community who are trained on life skills topics through workshops where they also become NFA certified coaches. SCORE facilitators integrate a curriculum of self confidence, peer leadership, role modelling, fair play and Gender awareness with training on the delivery of Kicking AIDS Out activities (games designed to educate girls on HIV and Life Skills through football) for use in training sessions and festivals.