Location: Nyalenda Football Club
Activity Date: 24.08.2023
Start Time: 8:30 AM End Time: 6:00 PM
Facilitators: Jerry, Paul, Kelvin, Samambo, Anna-Lena, Jula, Adelaide, Samantha, Ruby, Janick
Number of Participants: 200
Male: 190 Female: 10
Activity Purpose/ Summary:
The primary goal of the 2-day football tournament was to provide the children from the Nyalenda area with a platform for sport and camaraderie. Alongside the football games, short life skills sessions were conducted to impart essential skills and values, making the event a blend of physical activity and personal development.
Jerry and Paul spearheaded the organization and coordination of the event, ensuring that the football tournament ran smoothly. While Jerry and Paul were the primary drivers, valuable support was provided by a few participants who assisted in various logistical and on-ground roles. Additionally, volunteers from BetterMe took charge of the life skills sessions, sharing their knowledge and experiences with the young participants.
The football tournament was not just about sport but also about community building. Children from the Nyalenda area got an opportunity to showcase their football talent, work in teams, and learn the importance of sportsmanship. The integration of life skills sessions added an educational dimension, ensuring that the children walked away with more than just football memories.
Beyond the planned activities, an unexpected highlight of the event was the profound sense of community it fostered among the children. Their enthusiastic participation, teamwork on the field, and interactions with each other off the field brought to light their team spirit. Furthermore, the support and encouragement between the teams, showcased a unity and shared aspiration for sports and growth, making the event more meaningful than anticipated.
Organizing the event underscored the importance of integrating education with recreation for holistic child development. The overwhelming positive response from the children and the coaches indicates the potential for more such events.
Given the success of the event, there’s consideration to make this a quarterly gathering. Expanding it to include other sports or activities could ensure a broader impact within the Nyalenda community. Additionally, more active crowdfunding efforts are crucial for the consistent sponsoring and sustainability of these events.