Many young women in South Africa would love to be able to play football unfortunately very few are provided the opportunity. Since its inception, in 2008, ‘Football for Life by FC Rosengård’ has supported the development of women’s football on all levels in deep rural uMkhanyakude, KwaZulu Natal.
One of Football for Life’s key sponsors, Scandinavian construction company VEIDEKKE, has built a sports centre for the program in the Mfekayi area. The ‘UMkhanyakude Women’s Football & Development Centre’ which has the capacity to sleep 35 aspiring sportswomen hosts the majority of Football for Life’s activities. The academy program focuses on talent development and the training of female coaches, referees and administrators as well as competitor support. Although the core aim of the programme is to strengthen young women’s health, self-esteem and position in society, the programme has also seen many players representing the province on a national level. Through the tailormade leadership initiative ‘Female Coaches Development Programme’, 90 coaches have received basic training in football coaching, leadership and administration with a considerable 45 of these female coaches completing the official SAFA D License coaching course.
Football for Life by FC Rosengård helps to empower young women encouraging them to take responsibility for their lives; to work hard in school and avoid risky behaviours that lead to teenage pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and abusive relationships. Similar to the Star for Life programme, Football for Life is all about enriching young women’s lives so that they can realise their dreams.
The Football for Life programme was initiated by FC Rosengård, a professional football club based in Malmo, Sweden, whom are still the primary funders of the programme.
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