American sports gurus to train Keetmanshoop football players

21 Jul 2013 06:40
KEETMANSHOOP, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - Two American football experts will arrive in the southern town of Keetmanshoop on Monday to train local football coaches and young players for four days.
The sport gurus are women’s football coach at the University of Central Florida, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and retired professional football player and former Nevada Director of Youth Coaching, Edward Henderson.
A total of 200 boys and girls aged nine to 17 years, as well as 30 established and aspiring coaches from Keetmanshoop, will be coached on football techniques and health matters aimed at reducing the risk of exposure to HIV/AIDS.
The programme is a continuation of the same work Henderson carried out in Oshakati, Walvis Bay and Windhoek in August 2012.
It is funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the American Embassy in Namibia, and engages Namibian youth to raise awareness about positive lifestyle choices to reduce HIV/AIDS infection.
A media statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Control Officer at the Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency office, Bennie Diergaardt said the event is organised by the American Embassy in Namibia along with his office, the Karas Sport and Fun Project, as well as the Karas Galz and Goals programme.
“The aim of this programme is to combine outreach to disadvantaged and rural youth through sports with social messaging. The Deputy Mayor of Keetmanshoop, Gabriel Freyer and Keetmanshoop Urban Councillor Hilma Nikanor will officially open the event at the public library,” Diergaardt stated.
The event will start with the training of coaches and aspiring coaches in the morning, while learners will participate in practical sessions after school.
The programme is taking place under the theme ‘Kicking in Healthy Lifestyles’.
PEPFAR will leave behind the sports equipment such as balls, nets, football gear and other equipment used during the training as a donation to the Karas organisers for future use.