Galz and Goals Get Us Assistance

THE Namibia Football Association’s Galz amp Goals development programme recently received a shot in the arm through a donation from American humanitarian organisation Kickin’ Back.

Kickin’ Back is an organisation working to assist and connect organisations who integrate education, healthy lifestyle components and other interventions, into their programming structure to meet their equipment, coaching, and funding needs.

By utilising funds raised by hosting tournaments and the donation of time, resources and expertise of volunteers in the United States, Kickin’ Back has sent a shipping container with books and football equipment to Namibia for distribution to children in under-served communities through the Galz amp Goals initiative.

“This generous gesture from the Kickin’ Back organisation is great! It is testimony of people and organisations globally believing in the work that NFA does for the girl child in football,” said Jackie Gertze, the national coordinator of NFA Galz amp Goals, during the official hand over of the donation on 5 May.

“The Galz amp Goals initiative which started in 2009 with the assistance of Unicef Namibia has reached thousands of young girls and teachers, community coaches and parents, and this donation will be given and shared among 10 communities nationally where the Galz amp Goals leagues are run from Eenhana to Karasburg and Gobabis to Swakopmund,” said Gertze.

Kickin’ Back learned about the Galz amp Goals programme through Mary-Beth Gallagher, the director of the Bernhard Nordkamp Centre and after school programme in Katutura, Windhoek. The Centre has over the years produced many young female football players who graduated into the NFA mainstream football structures.

NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro expressed appreciation for the assistance from Gallagher and added that the girl child and their coaches will greatly benefit from the generous donation. “Women’s football is big, it is the biggest female sport in the country and the Kickin’ Back organisation from the US is at the right place and right organisation to share their valuable contribution in the form of educational materials, training equipment and football attire with Namibia children and youth through the NFA,” Rukoro said.

Source : The Namibian