Omaheke to host trials for Galz & Goals team

18 Sep 2019 14:30pm
REHOBOTH, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – The Omaheke Galz & Goals programme will host trials for girls between the ages of 10 and 20 at the Gobabis Primary School from 08h00 on Saturday.
The programme was launched in 2009 by the Namibia Football Association’s Women’s Desk in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to promote life and football skills among girls.
The coordinator of the programme in the Omaheke Region, Jeraldo Eiseb told Nampa on Tuesday the programme is designed to make football accessible for girls between the ages 10 and 20, while incorporating important life skills education to promote healthy life choices.
“Adolescent girls in Namibia face several inter-related social challenges such as HIV and Aids, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse and school dropouts. This programme helps girls to have first-hand knowledge on how to deal with this issues through sports,” he remarked.
He added that most schools in Gobabis are active in the league and called on all girls born on or before January 2002 to attend the trials. Selected players will compete in the Under-17 Galz & Goals Championship slated for 05 October in Windhoek.
“They will represent our region at the championship and who knows, maybe one or two will follow in the footsteps of Under-20 National Women’s Football team player Veronica Van Wyk and Baby Gladiator Tjamunene Ndjavera,” Eiseb said.
The trials will be conducted by Ewald Kaviromba, head coach of the Under-17 regional boys’ team and Ruddy Nunuheb, newly appointed coach of Omaheke Queens, who campaign in the Skorpion Zinc Women’s Super League.
Since 2010, when Unicef began the Galz & Goals partnership with NFA, more than 18 000 girls from nine regions have been assisted.