This week, it’s time to find out what our CIDRZ coaches are up to in Lusaka, Zambia. Our partner, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research Zambia (CIDRZ) is a non-profit working in conjunction with Zambia’s Ministry of Health to provide Zambians with quality healthcare, including a life free from HIV/AIDS. We are privileged to have our football programme amongst the other cutting edge programming they do. We spoke to six of their coaches, Rosa, Precious, Fresher, Niza, Chris and George, now trained to TackleAfrica Level 1.5, who are also all psychosocial counsellors connected to different clinics across Lusaka.
Hi coaches! What have you been doing this week?
A. Learning how to integrate HIV education into football drills. We have been running TA drills, which has helped us build confidence when standing in front of the group. We had lots of fun and are looking forward to delivering more sessions
Q. Funniest moment of the week?
A. Fresher’s dance warm up!
Q. Favourite drill and why?
A. All of them! They each have their unique message.
Q. Who will you be coaching over the next 8-10 weeks and why is this important?
A. Young girls in the different communities that we work in. It is important as a lot of them lack knowledge about HIV and sexual health. Early pregnancy is a big problem too in a lot of the areas that we work.
Q. What do you like most about TackleAfrica?
A. It’s fun, brings laughter, it’s educational and a fun way to educate others.
Q. If you could describe the group as a fruit what would it be and why?
A. Pineapple – it’s the best fruit, like us being the best. Looks all different like us, but the message is inside, sweet and refreshing like us.
Quick fire round!!
· Joker of the group- Fresher
· Happiest of the group- Isabel
· Best footballer- Chris
· Best Dancer- Fresher and Chichi (Matt close in 3rd) (Ed: Matt won’t be happy about this)
· Most Committed- Everyone!
· Most likely to become the Zambian national team coach – Chris
Thank you coaches!