Community Coaches’ Training in Kitwe and Kafue

Following the graduation of Premier Skills Coach Educators in September 2015, NOWSPAR with the support from British Council in Zambia is providing training to the Community Coaches in our implementing partner organisations.

The training at the NOWSPAR Club in Kitwe was held from 21st to 23rd January 2016 at Good Samaritan Community School. Of the 24 participants 10 were female, 9 were male youth and 5 were male teachers. The trainning was facilitated by two premier skills coach trainers Elizabeth Banda from Grassroots Soccer and Jason Miti from OYDC.

In Kafue, with our partner Kafue Queens Club, 15 coaches were trained at the training that took place on the 4th to the 6th of February 2016 in Shikoswe and was facilitated by Trainer Jason Miti from OYDC supported by Maketo Ng’ombe from NOWSPAR.

Premier Skills focuses on community football coach and referee development aimed at supporting grassroots level activities. The coaches we train work in community clubs, schools, churches, and NGOs running sport activities and life skills sessions for children and youth. This is part of NOWSPAR’s strategy to facilitate opportunity to fun, safe and good quality sport at community level for every body.

The next coaches’ training will be held in Choma with coaches working at our two new partners; Choma Children’s Development Programme (CCDP) and Mabana Organisation.



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).

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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16 Days Activism on GBV: Equiping The Activists

GroupOur Project Leaders Mofu Kandondo and Fatima Tembo today ran a Forum for Goal Facilitators on GBV as part of preparations for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence taking place on 25th November to 10th December 2014.

The Forum focused on addressing the role of Girls Sport leaders as activists through their daily action of overcoming gender barriers and stereotypes that prevail in sport and also by deliberately working on girls’ empowerment through delivery of the Goal Program.

I am proud to be able to share information that can affect the life of another girl positively through the Goal sessions that we do in the schools.’ Dorica

Goal Leaders- Bwalya,The Forum covered information on the 16 Days Campaign, sport and how it can contribute to addressing GBV as well as safeguarding sport participants from harm within the context of sport. Participants shared their experiences of GBV in their communities, families and the sport context.

‘This is very helpful for me, as I am now able to recognise that what was happening to me was violence and I have a right to not be treated that way.’ Shalom

ASession 2 major theme during the Forum was breaking the silence on GBV, participants identified silence as a barrier to prevention and response to GBV in our communities. Silence about sexual and reproductive health matters, gender inequality and silence on GBV occurances.

Speaking at the Forum, NOWSPAR General Secretary Lombe Mwambwa emphasised the significance of telling stories. ‘Consciously telling our stories to ourselves and to others is important to our role as leaders. Being able to do so will contribute to our ability to tell other girls’ and women’s stories with empathy and respect.

The participants were introduced to the Digital Story Telling approach as a tool for advocacy, for telling stories and stimulating conversations when these stories are shared but also for the platform that the process provides to individuals to tell their own stories.

SessionAdvocacy involves speaking out against harm and for one’s rights of those of others. The advocate therefore has a responsibility to be aware of themselves and their environment and to ensure they do not cause harm by staying silent or by the way they speak on behalf of the others.

The 23 Forum participants included Goal Facilitators and Coaches from the 2014 program as well as some newly recruited Facilitators who will be part of the team delivering Goal next year.

Goal Leaders are participating in campaign activities including media programs, running debates in schools and participating in Digital Story Telling Workshops.

Play Free! Safeguarding Shepolopolo

NOWSPAR in partnership with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Women’s Football Department conducted a Safeguarding Workshop with the members of the Women’s Under 17 National Football Team.
PresentationsThe workshop explored issues of gender relations, women’s rights, dealing with increase in income and popularity, vulnerability and power and recognising and dealing with gender based violence and codes of conduct.
Through a mix of presentations, discussions, question and answer style sessions, the workshop engaged both players and technical staff of the Team to provide information on gender based violence, on reporting facilities including Life Line 116 which is toll free, being a support network for one another as a team and the duty of care that technical staff have.
Ms. Mwaba presenting on ProtectionKey issues that arose include low allowances for players, limited camping time, insufficient training equipment and apparel, verbal abuse and requests for sexual favours from male players and technical staff not just of the team but around the facility where they are and in their communities as well.
One of the players said, ‘Sometimes you find that when a girl refuses to give in to sexual favours to a coach, he will tell her to be on the bench. He will even tell you that you will be on the bench for the rest of your life
Group DiscussionsThe discussions also raised issues of players also making sexual advances at coaches and managers. The ambitions and desire to be on the national team can be so strong that some will want to take this high risk to be on the team. Other factors include the attraction of money that is offered by men acting inappropriately towards girls.
Sometimes you really want to be on the team and if you are offered money you get tempted to make yourself available to coaches or other male staff who want to have sex with you.’ Another girls said.
The team manager was pointed out as a key person in the reporting system in cases of vulnerability or impropriety.
I always tell the girls that coaches are not interested in powder [beauty] but in football. I point out to the girls that if the coach wants to harm you, report to the team manager but if you wrongly accuse the coach, the coach will take you to court. I often tell the girls that they have the power within them to resist.’ One male coach said.
Some agreed steps for moving forward include another workshop to cover some of the topics in detail and taking forward the results and issues raised to the Women’s Football Committee for action.
The workshop had 23 players and 7 technical staff 4 of whom are male.
The technical team said this was a good initiative as they too are learning some of the practices that they may have are inappropriate and are also encouraged because safeguarding the welfare of the team was a collective responsibility.

The girls were presented with T-Shirts labelled Sheroes – Shepolopolo to encourage them and support them in their role as national flag carriers, sport ambassadors and contributing to breaking the stereotype that football is men’s sport.

NOWSPAR is part of the FAZ National Committee on Development of Women’s Football, the Football Association has been actively engaging with NOWSPAR on promoting women’s football, addressing gender issues and on safeguarding in particular.

This workshop is part of the strategies towards education of players and technical staff agreed in the 2011 Guidelines on Addressing Gender Based Violence in Sport, the 2013 Integrity of Sport Conference and the FIFA Com-Unity Seminar.
The Shepolopolo Team are in camp getting ready for their friendly match to be played against Zimbabwe on Saturday 24th May in Harare.

Youth Advocacy Training For Female Sport Leaders

This training was successfully conducted- Please see images here

We are pleased to share with you the upcoming Advocacy Training Workshop for Youth Sport Leaders. The  training will be conducted in Lusaka on 16th – 17th September  covering the themes of project presentations and media engagement. It will combine theoretical and practical sessions to provide an experiential process for the participants.

The Training is targeted at Youth Sport Leaders and participants will be drawn from sport for development NGOs, the National Paralympic Committee, Community Gyms and  Community Sports Clubs.

The training is supported by the Nowergian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Conferdaration of Sport (NIF) and Women Win.