Omaheke to host trials for Galz and Goals team

The Omaheke Galz and Goals programme will host trials for girls between the ages of 10 and 20 this coming weekend in Gobabais at the Gobabis Primary School starting at 08h00 on Saturday.

The programme was launched in 2009 by the Namibia Football Association's Women's Desk in partnership with United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) to promote life skills and football skills among girls.

The coordinator of the programme in the Omaheke Region, Jeraldo Eiseb told Nampa on Tuesday the Galz and Goals programme is designed to make football accessible for girls between the ages 10 and 20, while incorporating important life skills education to promote healthy life choices.

Adolescent girls in Namibia face several inter-related social challenges such as HIV and Aids, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse and school dropouts. This programme helps girls to have first-hand knowledge on how to deal with this issues through sports, he remarked.

He added that most schools in Gobabis are active in the league and called on all the girls born on or before January 2002 to attend the trials and that selected players will compete at the Under 17 Galz and Goals Championship slated for 05 October in Windhoek.

The selected girls will represent our region at the championship and whoknow, maybe one or two will follow in the footsteps of Under-20 National Women's Football team player Veronica Van Wyk and Under-17 Baby Gladiator Tjamunene Ndjavera, Eiseb said.

The trials will be conducted by Ewald Kaviromba, head coach of the Under 17 regional boys' team and Ruddy Nunuheb, newly appointed coach of Omaheke Queens who campaign in the Skorpion Zinc Women's Super League.

Since 2010, when Unicef began the Galz and Goals partnership with NFA, more than 18 000 girls from nine regions have been assisted. The programme has been an important platform in preparing young girls to take leadership roles within their communities, to respond to the various socio-economic challenges they face, as well as to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Source: Namibia Press Agency