Galz and Goals gets donation from USA's Kickin' Back

07 May 2015 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) - The Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Galz and Goals initiative received a donation from the United States of America’s Kickin' Back programme on Tuesday.
A media statement issued by the NFA on Wednesday said a donation of books and football equipment was sent to Namibia for distribution to children in under-served communities through the NFA Goals & Goals development programme for young girls.
Kickin’ Back is an organisation working to assist and connect organisations who integrate education, healthy lifestyle components and other interventions into their programming structure to meet their equipment, coaching, and funding needs.
“This generous gesture from the Kickin’ Back organisation is great, and it is testimony to people and organisations globally believing in the work the NFA does for the girl child in football,” Jackie Gertze, the Head of the NFA’s women’s desk, was quoted as saying in the statement.
Gertze explained that the Galz and Goals initiative which started in 2009 with the assistance of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Namibia has reached thousands of young girls and teachers, community coaches and parents.
“This donation will be shared amongst 10 communities where the Galz and Goals leagues are run; from Eenhana to Karasburg and Gobabis to Swakopmund,” she said.
Kickin’ Back got to know of the Galz and Goals programme through Mary-Beth Gallagher, the director of the Bernhard Nordkamp Centre and after-school programme in Katutura, Windhoek.
The centre has over the years produced many young female football players who graduated to the NFA mainstream football.
Also quoted in the statement was the NFA's Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro, who expressed the association's appreciation for the assistance from Gallagher over the years.
“Women’s football is big, it is the biggest female sport in the country and the Kickin’ Back organisation from the USA is at the right place and is the right organisation to share their valuable contribution in the form of educational materials, training equipment and football attire with Namibian children and youth through the NFA,” he said.