Football changing lives

March 23, 2018 by No Comments | Category International Development

Minister for International Development & Europe, Dr Alasdair Allan

“Sport has huge potential to help turn lives around and drive positive change in communities all over the world. During my recent visit to Zambia, I was privileged to visit Action Aid Zambia/Grassroots’ Soccer’s project which receives Scottish Government funding via Comic Relief. The project aims to upskill young women and girls in order to give them more confidence and resilience when dealing with challenging situations, particularly around relationships.

“I was very warmly welcomed by both Action Aid staff and the young women (aged 17-30) who benefit from the project. They put me through my paces with a series of ice breakers and energisers which certainly got us all up and moving on a drizzly Saturday morning in Lusaka. The sessions encourage young women to develop physical skills and abilities through football and judo, while simultaneously developing their personal confidence and resilience by encouraging participation in group discussions on sex and gender and the roles both play in different aspects of girls’ and women’s lives and relationships.

“I was extremely impressed with the work Action Aid Zambia are delivering in Lusaka, but even more so with the energy and commitment shown by the young women I met who are participating in the programme.”

Limbering up

Dr Allan put through his paces during visit to Action Aid Zambia/Grassroots’ Soccer’s project 

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