Girls football centre officially open

15 Mar 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) - Sharing resources between stakeholders and working together for a common purpose can yield good results, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero says.
She said this while officially opening the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Girls Football Centre here on Tuesday.
In 2014, German international developmental company GIZ, the NFA and said ministry, as well as the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia and German Football Association signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a girls football centre.
The facility, which is part of the NFA Technical Centre at Football House in Katutura, cost N.dollars 6 million.
“This centre will empower young girls and strengthen the promotion of girls’ football, leading to increased sport participation countrywide.
“Talented girls from all regions of the country will now have the opportunity to train with qualified coaches in a healthy environment,” said Tjongarero.
The centre was implemented under the NFA ‘Galz and Girls’ programme that promotes health and life skills combined with football training. It was initiated with the purpose of providing a safe and supportive environment to young female footballers. It also deals with stereotypes associated with female footballers. Under-15 to under-17 girls are trained under this programme.
The junior teams and senior team, the ‘Brave Gladiators’ will also use this new facility.
Speaking to this reporter after the opening, Chairperson of Women’s Football at the NFA, Jackey Gertze was happy about the new sport facility, saying: “It has created opportunities for girls to have an equipped training facility in their neighbourhood.
The centre has 18 bedrooms, a conference room, a gym and physiotherapy room. It will also be accessible by male football players when the need arise.
Speaking at the same occasion, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Namibia Christian Matthias Schlaga noted that sport has a positive influence on all areas of development that includes health, education and employment.
“Sport unites people from diverse economic and social backgrounds, culture and religions. If you respect the rules, it does not matter where you come from,” he emphasised.