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Soccer 4 Hope League

At the beginning of March, Soccer 4 Hope started the first round of the U14 Girl’s League.  The All Stars and MVPs recruited 800 girls between the ages of 12 and 14 from community based Primary Schools, as league participants.

The MVPs will use their new coaching and facilitation skills to deliver YDF soccer training sessions and the H4H 7 Tools to the teams participating in the 18 week league. Check out some great pictures below, from our Soccer 4 Hope League Training in the Khayelitsha Community!

The experience of leading a soccer team is an important part of the MVP Leadership Program. It gives them the opportunity and support to be role models and agents of change within their communities.

The first round of matches was held on the 15th March.  The teams from Luleka, Zamenfundo, Siyazaka and Isiphiwo showed promise in the first round. Please watch the H4H blog for a regular update on the girl’s league.

The use of sport for the development of girls has recently been the topic of numerous scientific impact studies. An example of this can be read here. Research shows that sports can have a positive effect on the knowledge and attitudes of both adolescent boys and adolescent girls, with promising results. The Soccer 4 Hope program is at the forefront of this exciting movement, and looks forward to contributing to its further developments.