We’ve kicked the program off with a football skills workshop, giving many kids their first ever experience of playing the sport. On the surface it might not seem like much – but programs like this provide a much-needed outlet for refugee kids. The football league is a safe and constructive activity that will allow hundreds of kids to have fun and enjoy their right to play, while also receiving emotional support, building life skills and lowering their risk of exploitation.
The football program is open to both boys and girls – but we’ve taken special care to ensure that girls are able to participate. World Vision has ensured the privacy of the girls by adding plastic sheeting to the fences surrounding the pitches.
Training female coaches has also helped to make parents feel more comfortable about letting their daughters join in the fun, and it has the added benefit of creating positive role models for the girls.