The “Street 2 School Soccer Programme” is a community sports development initiative based in Labadi, Accra (Ghana). The programme aims to provide football and education to children in the community, particularly those living on the streets or living in extreme poverty. ‘S2S’ works by providing sports training sessions, matches and homework club to reintroduce disenfranchised youths back into the school system in addition to offering them continued educational and vocational support. Through this vibrant community programme our goal is to continue allowing as many children as possible to gain proper access to education, sports, character development and create pathways for every individual (through sporting excellence, education or vocational training) to end the cycle of poverty and “Brighten the future of the next generation”.
Many of the children we are working with cannot afford basic materials needed to attend school or to play the sport they love; but with the help of ‘S2S’ we are able to provide these things to ensure every participant is fully immersed in the programme. Before ‘S2S’ the children now involved with the programme loved to play sport, though many were unable to read and write to the required level for their age. By introducing this programme into the community we have managed to change the perception in the area and encourage the importance of school to young people as well as their parents. Amazingly, parents are now also encouraging their children to come to training, learn, and play sports in a safe and developmental environment. The programme started with 30 children and there are now over 100 girls and boys that come to training daily. 90% of participants are registered in formal education and 99% of programme participants get extra-curricular education with us at ‘S2S’.
In a conversation with the U13 football captain Frederick Archer he said “my parents allow me to come to train always because they know I don’t only play football but I also learn, which makes me stick to my books. Because of ‘S2S’ I have good grades even though I have combined school with football. The homework based studies helps me understand things better than I did in class.”.
Through the “Street to School Soccer Programme” we are using sport to tackle issues in our community including gender equality, period poverty, teenage pregnancies, school drop outs and substance abuse. By introducing Sexual and Reproductive health and Mental health education into our programme we can end prejudices and the stigma surrounding these areas and give young people the support they need to “Brighten their future”
“The Street to School Sports Programme” is providing an excellent opportunity for positive change in Labadi’s youth and is helping to alleviate the cycle of poverty by encouraging better opportunities for the next generation of children. We recognise the power sport can have on each child’s development and the opportunities continued education can give young people, especially those living in poverty.
Despite being a new initiative ‘The Street to School Soccer Programme’ has already started to produce some outstanding graduates from the programme, some of these include:
David Danquah – Baylor High School, Tennessee
Daniel Boateng – Cate High School, California
Abdul Razak Kadir – Dunn School, California
Jessica Lomo – Indian Mountain School, Conneticut
William Hamza – F.C Zilina, Slovakia
Rauf Mumuni – F.C Slovako, Slovakia
Kwabena Bobby – Completed University of Ghana. Now coaching u13’s and Teaching at S2S
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