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2018 Zambia Street Football Network Sports Festival

Sport In Action one of the 7 Football For Good Organizations working in conjunction with Street Football Network organized the Inaugural Zambia female empowerment festival from December 9-15 at the Olympic Youth Development Center. The Festival that kicked off on December 9 brought together 21 female young leaders, 120 girls and boys from 7 Football For Good Organizations drawn from across the country.

Joan Nhkoma, Sport In Action volunteer and organizer at the sports festival, said “It is fantastic that Street Football Network is hosting this event to recognize the vital role of football development and promote values of inclusion and female empowerment through football.”

The seven – day event was characterized with workshops and tournaments where four teams had a chance to play, share experiences on the pitch, battle with new friends and apply skills from the workshops. During the workshops, participants had a chance to explore more in-depth their strengths and how they fit in with the team.
“I am happy to be part of the young leaders and the football 3 festival as a mediator, I am a footballer and am learning a lot about fair play, conflict resolution and equality among girls and boys, “said Sport In Action Volunteer Lilian Musowe.

Each day the participating players sat down together to learn about goal setting, sexual reproductive health, entrepreneurship and child safe guarding. These skills and many more were taught through football drills and discussions .It was amazing to see vibrant young players from diverse backgrounds express themselves as they shared the skills they could offer and hope to improve their impact towards football development in Zambia.

Fergus Knight