After School Football Program
Sports can be so much more than just physical exercise. Learning to follow a routine, developing leadership skills, and receiving positive re-enforcement for abiding by the rules are a few examples of how group physical activities benefit youth. Participating in sports can also be a helpful gateway to communicating important knowledge, skills, and attitudes about sexual health, decision making, relationships, and community development.
||The help2kids sports program in Malawi leverages concepts from Grassroots Soccer to provide a fun, engaging, and gender inclusive afterschool program for students ages 10-18 at Lifuwu Basic Primary School. While developing football skills and athletic ability, team members participate in training drills that incorporate life skills such as communication, HIV/AIDS awareness, and equality. Furthermore, this activity provides students with an alternative to engaging in risky behavior at the market or by the lakeshore after school.
Energetic, active volunteers assist the program through coaching the members in both life and football skills, assisting with activities, and serving as role models. Alongside our community coaches, volunteers work with the team to develop their knowledge and encourage them to live happy, safe, and active lives.