Fifa stakes $40000 to revamp women football through Live Your Goals campaign

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The World soccer body, FIFA has injected $40,000 (Rwf. 31.8m) to revamp women football in Rwanda through the Live Your Goals Grassroot Festival which began on Thursday, August 11 in Huye District.

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) launched the Live Your Goals Festival on Thursday at Huye Stadium in Huye District, Southern Province.

The festival saw an influx of 300 students between the ages of 6 and 12 from several schools in Huye District, who were supervised by 20 trainers from grassroots centres across the Province and a group of Ferwafa’s Provincial technical directors.

Throughout the festival, the schoolgirls were given the opportunity to indulge their athletic sides by participating in a variety of sporting activities as well as in theoretical and practical training courses on football.

The festival also looked to expand the skills of the school instructors too, with teachers receiving training on the appropriate exercises to implement during gym classes to effectively develop students’ abilities.

Speaking in a media briefing, Ferwafa Executive Member in charge of Women Football, Felicitee Rwemalika said, “The Live Your Goals festival is fully funded by FIFA to a tune of $40000 every year. This money is meant to hold the festival and a U-15 girls competition which will help in the creation of the U-17 national team, the backbone of our senior and U23s national teams respectively,”

“We aim to bolster efforts at increasing the popularity of football among schoolgirls in every region of the country and the first step is through this kind of festival which is going to be held across the country,” added Rwemalika.

The event proceeds to Rusizi on Friday before heading to Eastern province districts of Nyagatare on August 19 and Bugesera on August 26 while the closing ceremony will be held at Umuganda stadium in Rubavu District on September 9.

Live Your Goals is FIFA’s dedicated development campaign aimed at inspiring girls and young women to get involved in soccer and stay in the game.

The Live Your Goals concept, hatched on the sidelines of the 2011 World Cup in Germany, is a global initiative that inspires girls and young women to achieve their goals in football through perseverance, fair play and teamwork, all while making new friends.

FIFA provides support to member associations implementing the campaign and festivals in order to help in branding, communications, concept development and financial assistance.

The concept is a four-year legacy programme fully supported by FIFA for two years with member federations partly sponsoring the initiative for the subsequent two years.

Live Your Goals is FIFA’s dedicated development campaign aimed at inspiring girls and young women to get involved in soccer and stay in the game.

 

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