European Union supports youth project in Southern Africa (25/05/2010)

On 15 May 2010 Manica's municipal football ground hosted the final stage of the Youth Development Through Football (YDF) tour of seven African countries to mark the first World Cup to be held on African soil. The event was organised under the motto 'Strong Youth, Strong Africa' as part of a German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Lurdes Mutola Foundation (FLM) project co funded by the European Union.

The teams at the start of play The teams at the start of play

Youth Development through Football pdf - 162 KB [162 KB] is a supranational programme based in South Africa and carried out in ten African countries. It promotes youth development through non formal educational initiatives designed to have an impact on life skills, with particular focus on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, crime and violence. The programme is implemented by GTZ on behalf of the German Government in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa. It is part of official German South African cooperation on the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development with co funding from the European Union.

As part of the programme, the Lurdes Mutola Foundation received funding from GTZ YDF to support the Small Grant Programme for Mozambique (SGPM) in Manica and Sofala. Under the SGPM, the Lurdes Mutola Foundation gives grants to small community based organisations and sports clubs in rural and semi urban areas to promote sport as a catalyst for behaviour change in young people.

These small grants help to boost community sporting initiatives by creating sustainable development in sport (football), contributing the necessary skills on and off the field and motivating young people.

The holistic approach used in the programme is based on the distribution and use of the 'Champ!' manual, a participatory football methodology created for training 6 to 18 year olds.

Launching the programme

The day began with speeches by the Governor of Manica Province, the Administrator of Manica District and the President of Manica Municipal Council. Also present at the opening ceremony were representatives of the European Union, the German Embassy, GTZ, YDF and FLM.

From 9.00 to 11.40 players battled it out in the final stages of a mini league to mark the World Cup, involving the children and coaches from the FLM programme. The victors were awarded prizes at the end of the day.

The event was the last stop in the tour pdf - 224 KB [224 KB] , which had already visited six countries: Rwanda, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. The aim of the initiative is to use the power of the ball to leave communities with a memory that will last well beyond the World Cup final.As actividades do lançamento do programa



14 year old Ramos was selected the best football                  The President of the city of Manica awarding the best teams

player of the day