The “Street 2 School Soccer Programme” is a community sports development initiative based in Labadi, Accra (Ghana). The programme aims to use the power of sport to encourage young people to invest in themselves, their education and the sport they love. 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”.
Every week S2S focuses on education, sports, health and wellbeing and character development. Tuesday – Friday we run training sessions for 5 different age groups from u8 – u17, Monday evening the children attend a class run by volunteer teachers so we can keep track of their educational progress and promote learning with sports and at the weekend we organise matches in the community. S2S also provides all players with boots to train in, kits to wear, health insurance, family support for those who need it, educational scholarships so we can ensure every child is going to school and support from our amazing team of coaches.
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. By working closely with our community we have created a programme that is supported by parents who now encourage their children to come to training, learn, and play sports in a safe and developmental environment. The programme started with 30 children in one age group 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’.
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.
If you want to get involved as a partner, corporate sponsor, donor or volunteer football coach please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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