Coach Educator and Community Coaches Awarded Football Coaching Certificates

Coach Educators

Coach Educators

On 25th September 2015, One of our Young Women in Sport Leaders Mirriam Nanyiza was among the 10 community coaches that graduated from being community coaches to Coach Educators.

Mirriam Nanyiza and other community coaches from Sport in Action, Edusport, Baulenin United, Grassroot Soccer and Olympic Youth Development Centre have been undergoing a training in football development and coaching. The coach Educator course is run by the British Council under the Premier Skills Programme and has been running since 2014.

Premier Skills focuses on community level football development. The project is aimed at using football as a tool to engage young people and community leaders. It is believed that Football or any sport can be used to address challenges or issues that affect young people such as HIV/AIDS education, drug abuse, peer pressure and many more.

Miriam (in red) with the 10 Community coaches

Miriam (in red) with the 10 Community coaches

In the final phase of Premier Skills which is Phase 3 stage 3, the 10 Coach Educators had to train other community coaches who have minimum experience in football coaching. NOWSPAR brought 10 Community Coaches to this training.

The 10 Community Coaches were from various partners that NOWSPAR works with including Mabana Organisation in Choma, Kafue Queens, Liteta GirlPower Community Club, Kitwe Sports Club and the Deaf Sports Association in Matero Lusaka.

After the 4 days training, the 10 community coaches were awarded Football coaching certificates.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to be trained as a football coach” said Lubaya a girl from the Deaf Sports Development Organisation.

Mirriam Nanyinza has been Volunteering with NOWSPAR for 2 years and has developed as one of the leaders in the Goal Programme. Earlier this year Mirriam had received a Grant from the British Council to run a training Course for Coaches she works with in NOWSPAR.

This year, Mirriam is based in Norway, at the Sound Folk College as part of the Youth Sport Exchange Programme (YSEP) by NIF and Fredskopset (FK).

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Scoring Goals at City of Hope Orphanage

DSC_0965On Thursday 21st August 2015, NOWSPAR conducted a Goal  Event at City of Hope Orphanage in Lusaka’s Makeni area. The event had 73 participants of which 52 were girls and 21 were boys all aged between 10 and 20. In attendance were 4 NOWSPAR staff and 1 volunteer as well as the staff and volunteers of City of Hope Orphanage.
The aim of this event was to provide an introduction to the Goal Programme to the children and staff at City of Hope Orphanage. It is intended that this partnership between City of Hope and NOWSPAR can result in regular opportunities for the children and the staff to develop their sport and lifeskill program.

The event started with a brief introduction DSC_0946of NOWSPAR  and the Goal programme which was done by Fatima. The participants took part in warm up sessions which was then followed by fun games that were aimed at having everyone introduce themselves.  The girls and boys were then split into two groups with one of the groups playing zigzag saving and the other group playing peace path. The games were followed by life skill empowerment sessions were the participants were taught on hygiene and financial literacy.

One of the participants Luke Banda said, “it is important for girls to take part in sport because they also need to enjoy like the boys“.

One of the City of Hope volunteers Ichi said, “girls and boys were excited to receive visitors from within Zambia as they mostly receive foreign visitors“.

One of the participants Joyce said she was very happy to have participated in the event and she enjoyed playing games and she hopes NOWSPAR will come back and do more activities like this.

SIA Launches Girls in Action Program

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Sport In Action one of Zambi’s pioneering sport for development organisations launched their ‘Girls in Action’ Program on 31st of May, 2015 at the National Sports Council of Zambia.

The project is aiming at educating and empowering girls through sports. The launch event consisted of three parts; Marching, Life skills training and friendly football and netball tournaments.

Featured imageNOWSPAR participated in this event to support SIA who are a fellow member of the International Kicking AIDS Out Network and the Sport for Social Change Network.

There were about 5-6 school girls participating the event from NOWSPAR, Four NOWSPAR girls, Ms. Esinat Chisenga and Ms. Cathrine Temba from Miracle Disable Group in George Compound and Ms. Elizabeth Gondwe and Ms. Ruth Mbewe from Handball Association and two NOWSPAR staff Ms. Aya Noguchi and Ms. Petronellah Maketo also participated in the event.

Marching was started at 9:00 hours at the Total Gas Station in Kalingalinga and we walked all the way up to National Sports Council.

After we arrived at the NASDEC, the opening ceremony was taken pFeatured imagelace. After the opening ceremony, the Girls in Action program was officially lunched. During the event, some ice breaking activities and Life-skills session focusing on Peer Pressure were taken place. Ms. Cathrine Temba actively contributed the discussion session and explained about her experience of peer pressure.Featured image

Since Ms. Cathrine Temba and Ms. Esinat Chisenga are football players in their community team, they participated in the football friendly tournament with other participants. There are about 40 players playing the football tournament. Sports in Action staff made four teams with mixed people and each team had opportunity to play four games.

The event finished around 13:00 hours. Girls enjoyed sports activities and learned important information for their life skills.

A big congratulations to Sport in Action for their work providing more opportunities for girls to be physically active. Read more about their work here.

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Goal Coaches Get Premier Skills

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NOWSPAR conducted a Sport Coaches Skills workshop on 29th of April 2015 at National Sports Council with the support of Premier Skills,  a social change program through football which is run by the British Council in partnership with the English Premier League.

This workshop was run by our Goal Facilitator Ms. Mirriam Nanyinza who has been through the Priemier Coaching Program and through NOWSPAR was awarded a grant by the British Council to contribute to trainning of her peers.

15 female participants who are also Goal facilitators participated in the workshop. Our focus on the workshop waFeatured images that participants understand how to run sports session effectively for the community. In addition to the Premier Skills teaching material, we combined with Netball coaching training and Goal Life skill facilitator training for participants.

The workshop was started off with a football session. NOWSPAR Project Assistant, Ms. Noguchi facilitated the session providing technical training to participants. The session also served to improve the Coaches understanding of the technical aspects of football. They played and learned some technical training as well as how to plan football sessions.

Featured imageParticipants were also given lectures of SMIELS and STEP in premier skills’ curriculum by NOWSPAR Sports facilitator Ms.Nanyinza after football session. SMILES (Safe, Maximum Participation, Inclusion, Learning, Enjoyment and Success) and STEP (Space, Task, Equipment, People and Speed) are considerable points for running and preparing sports session.

NOWSPAR sports skill facilitator, Ms. Phiri led Netball session focusing on technical skills and tactical methods. Participants learned some technical skills’ drills, game positioning, and Netball rules. At the end of the netball session, practical game training was also given to participants.

The second lecture was focusing on how to plan sports session in community. A session planning template was handed out for each participant and was explained how to use it step by step by Ms.Nanyinza. Participants also planed their own netball or football session during the lecture time.Featured image

As the last part of workshop, NOWSPAR Goal Master Facilitator Ms. Tembo ran life skills session with participants. For the Goal Program that uses sports for social change, it is important to understand how sports can apply in real life situations. It is required that sports coaches are able to link sports skills and life skills through sports training. They are also required to facilitate fun and safe sports sessions.

During the workshop, Mr. Akim Banda from British Council visited and joined an activity briefly and to share words of support from the British Council.

The Priemier Skills Program began in 2007. Since then 2,300 coaches and referees have been trained in 25 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia.

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Localised Goal Event in Kalingalinga

Featured imageA Localised Goal Event was held on the 21 April 2015 at Kalingalinga St Francis parish with 50 participants girls between the ages 12 to 20.

The girls gained information on health, rights, mapping resources through the games Hygiene Tag, My Rights and My Community. The girls asked questions on how to take care of their bodies, how many times they should bath as girls and also how to take care of themselves during their menstrual periods. The girls also played 2 games from be money savvy; going to the bank and Zig zag saving. The girls were very excited about learning about the bank.

“I will start saving my money in the bank”, said one of the girls

The participants were also interviewed by Muvi Television Presenter Siphiwe Mpanza who asked the girls what they learnt from the event and how they will use the knowledge they got from the event.

During the interview one of the participants said “I learnt how to take care of myself and also about the importance of saving money and going to the bank”. Another participant said that “I did not know a lot about the bank now I know, I will start going to the bank”

See pictures of the Event here.

Celebrating UN Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2015

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was celebrated around the world on 6th April 2015. ‘In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 6 April as the International Day of Sports and Physical Activity, to celebrate the contribution of sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world.’ UNESCO

NOWSPAR participated in this commemoration in two ways, media discussions and a sports event for girls.

Mofu and Maketo at Metro FM - UNDSDP

Mofu and Maketo at Metro FM – UNDSDP

We featured on a Live Radio Program on Metro FM on Wednesday 1st April, where our Advocacy Officer Ms. Mofu Kandondo and Project Assistant Ms. Maketo N’gombe discussed the Goal Program and how sport contributes to girls’ empowerment and development.

This year NOWSPAR is reaching 2,500 girls and young women with sport activities and leadership skills. By doing regular sport and life skills practice, girls will be fit and healthy and able to take on leadership roles.

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On Tuesday 7th April our General Secretary Ms. Lombe Mwambwa was Live on Muvi TV discussing the Role of Sport NGOs in Zambia. Themes covered include advocacy issues, leadership, fair pay in sport, governance and policy framework of sport in Zambia.

Sport NGOs in Zambia have contributed to the innovative methodology of community engagement and empowerment. Through programmes such as Goal, girls and young women access rights information and skills such as Financial Literacy which they would likely not have had if not doing sport.‘ She said.

There are several Sport NGOs in Zambia, last year, during Zambia’s Jubilee Celebrations, a Sports Festival was hosted with the support of the Nowergian Olympic Committee and the National Sports Council of Zambia to showcase sport’s role in national development.

The 10th of April was more physically active as we hosted a Goal Event at the Olympic Youth Development Centre led by our Goal Project Intern Ms. Mirriam Nanyinza.

Goal at OYDCThere were 51 girls between the ages 12 – 20 years from 10 sports codes (judo, hockey, basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton, taekwondo, netball, tennis and swimming clubs based at the OYDC).

During the event, three topics were covered,  Peace, Hygiene and Making Money, the session was lively and the girls said they enjoyed playing and learning the various skills from the games.

I enjoyed the game on making money, atleast now I have an idea on how I can make money to use at break time at school.” said Liya Mbila.

I have learnt how to work together with my teammates and how to solve problems when I argue with my mates”, said Tina Moonga a 14 year old Volleyballer.

During the sessions some girls also had the opportunity to settle their differences with their friends: “I am glad Esther and I are friends again”, said Stacey Banda. They were able to open up and confront each other without fighting.

The UN Day on Sport for Development and Peace is a global platform to promote and advance the role of sport in addressing global issues. Read more about the day and what organizations around the world are doing and you can download a Report by the International Olympic Committee on the Contribution of Sport to Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda.

Last year, NOWSPAR participated in a Sport NGO Exhibition hosted by the OYDC on the first ever UNDSDP. NOWSPAR’s information stand provided information about the role of sport in girls’ empowerment and the challenges that sport is used to address such as protection from violence, limited access to reproductive health information and access to physical activity and play for girls.

International Women’s Day Sports Event

iwd_squareCome celebrate with us! In partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia we are hosting our Annual Women’s Sports Day in Commemoration of International Women’s Day.

We will hold this event on Saturday 7th March 2015 from 08:00 to 16:00 at the National Sports Development Centre.

We are hosting Goal sessions during this event for 150 girls aged between 12 and 18, Goal sessions will focus on girls’ rights and financial literacy. These will be led by young women with the support of staff of our partner Standard Chattered Bank.

Activities open to all girls and women include Aerobics, Tai Chi, Judo, Netball, Volleyball and Handball matches.

We have invited participants from sport NGOs, Sport Associations and Government Departments. individual women and girls are welcome to the event and can register on the day of the event.

We have invited the Minster of Sport to present the main speech, as well as speakers from the National Sports Council and Girl Sport leaders in our program.