It’s been a pleasure to see TackleAfrica’s football programming expand this year to West and Central Africa, with new drills, new coaches and new players in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and now Cameroon. These have also been our first francophone programmes, with our materials being translated into French for the first time.
Fresh from their first ten week block of sessions, the players and coaches in Wum, in north-west Cameroon, sent us a photo gallery of their first experience of TackleAfrica. Project Officer Denis Dangouri also updated us on how the programme – with our partner LionHeart In The Community – has been going since it’s inception in January. “The training took place in Wum, in the north-west of Cameroon, working with ten young leaders we selected. They participated in an intensive course, learning how to use the TackleAfrica manual. The coaches were really surprised to see how you could link football with HIV and sexual health education – it was a relevation for them!
They learnt how you can protect yourself from HIV, as well as how to live healthily if you do contract it. We also worked on ways to sensitive the community, and how to pass on the information we’d learnt during the course. It was a really good programme for the young people who had no understanding of HIV, gender issues, and the damaging effect of early marriage.”
If you would like to get involved in our work, there are many ways, from fundraising and playing in a Football Marathon to volunteering on a project in Africa. Visit www.tackleafrica.org/get-involved for more details.