We are thrilled to win the 2019 Football For Good award, presented by Common Goal at the prestigious World Football Summit in Madrid. The summit is the international event of the football industry, gathering the most influential professionals in order to discuss the most relevant topics and generate business opportunities. The WFS has brought together hundreds of football clubs, leagues, federations and businesses, as well as charities and NGOs working in development, using football for social change.
We emerged victorious on the night but we were shortlisted alongside some wonderful organisations on whom we would like to shine a spotlight. Take a moment to find out about these organisations also using football for social change:
Fundacio Tiempo de Juego – Colombia, helping afro and indigenous girls get empowered, defend their rights and choose their future.
Football United (FUn) – Australia and Myanmar, helping immigrant families integrate in Australia, and in Myanmar promoting positive youth development, and peace.
Soccer In The Streets – Atlanta, turning unused railway stations into “community hubs” for youth recreation and development.
Our work was recognised as having made an impact on the lives of young Africans in 11 countries across the continent, where our football-based programmes bring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV information and services to football sessions and tournaments every week. Through our specially designed drills delivered by trained coach educators, young Africans can learn about sensitive sexual topics in a way they enjoy, remember and understand. We use the power and popularity of football to reach those who would not normally feel comfortable walking into a clinic or a hospital for their sexual health. By taking the information and sexual health services to where young people are playing football, we provide an easy access point, and a trusted network of trained coaches who can help answer any questions. Often, the fields where our teams play are very remote, and a clinic could be many hours’ walk away. But through our sessions, tournaments and outreaches we can get services such as free condoms, HIV testing, and contraception where they are needed most.
Meanwhile, a world away, the WFS was a chance to rub shoulders with the great and the good of football. Here, our Head of Coaching and Operations was lucky enough to meet Lauren, former Cameroon defender and one of the famous Arsenal “Invincibles” team. As a Spurs fan, we’re sure Yianny was delighted to be reminded of that!
To make a donation or find out how you can get involved in our work, please visit https://www.tackleafrica.org/get-involved