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May 31, 2019

Girls Rock Soccer After School in Thies, Senegal

Girls Ready to Play at Notto Dioubass (Thies)
Girls Ready to Play at Notto Dioubass (Thies)

The girls are rocking it in Thies! Ladies’ Turn organized 8 soccer clinics in April and and May 2019 for girls’ teams from 20 schools in the city and surrounding villages of Thies, Senegal. Each clinic brought together 4 or more teams for the afternoon after classes finished. A total of 330 girls participated! The PE coaches took what they learned from their coaching trainings in December and had the girls practice, practice, practice! The girls improved over the afternoon of drills and showed off their new skills in scrimmages.

To see the spirit of the clinics, check out these short videos:

We’ve been thrilled with the results of this partnership with Plan International Belgium and the Directorate-General Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of Belgium who supported these clinics and coaching trainings.

Also, we’re excited for the upcoming women’s World Cup on June 7th in France. As part of the celebration of the start of the Cup, the French Embassy in Washington, DC is showing the Ladies’ Turn documentary on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
For more details on the event: http://frenchculture.org/events/9868-ladies-turn

Thanks again for all of your support! It helps us expand and build on activities like these!

Nio Far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Dribbling drills!
Dribbling drills!
In Senegal, you play in whatever shoes you have!
In Senegal, you play in whatever shoes you have!
Header Drills!
Header Drills!
Girl participants at the Notto Dioubass Clinic
Girl participants at the Notto Dioubass Clinic

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Mar 4, 2019

Newly Minted Coaches for Girls' Teams in Thies!

P.E. Teachers learn soccer coaching fundamentals
P.E. Teachers learn soccer coaching fundamentals

Ladies’ Turn had a busy end of the year. From December 22, 2018 to January 1, 2019, Ladies’ Turn organized a training for 36 P.E. teachers from 20 high schools and middle schools in Thies, Senegal. The Senegalese Soccer Federation has an official training program for coaches, and the P.E. teachers were able to earn the program's first certificate- that of Coahcing Basics. The Federation experts taught the fundamentals of coaching, including how to teach basic soccer skills to beginners.

You may think in the photo- that’s a lot of men! There are still very few female P.E. teachers in Senegal so we were glad that we got two! Hopefully with time, there will be more and more women who follow a career path in physical education. For now though, we are thrilled to also be working with so many men who are dedicated to women’s soccer. All hands on deck to advance this cause!

The P.E. teachers have been busy since the training. They created girls’ teams at the 20 schools and have been organizing practices to teach girls how to play. In March, Ladies’ Turn will start weekend sessions with the teams. We’ll gather 4-5 teams and have them do drills and scrimmages. We can give the girls more opportunities to develop skills and also give pointers to their coaches.

We’d like to thank Plan International Belgium and the Directorate-general Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of Belgium for funding these trainings. And we’d like to thank YOU for your support that allows us to plan more activities for girls, raise our profile and attract more partners to our mission.

Nio Far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Coaches and our Gender Equality Partnership
Coaches and our Gender Equality Partnership
P.E. Teacher with her coaching certificate
P.E. Teacher with her coaching certificate
Thies School Board member helps pass out diplomas
Thies School Board member helps pass out diplomas
Dec 3, 2018

Ultimate Empowerment: Soccer + Knowing Your Rights

For a longtime, one of our top goals at Ladies’ Turn has been to increase our work in women’s leadership development and girls’ education- keys to achieving lasting change. We’re ecstatic to announce that on November 7, 2018, Plan International selected Ladies’ Turn to be a partner in a new initiative for Girls’ Leadership and Personal Growth in Thies, a major Senegalese city about 50 km inland from the capital, Dakar. Ladies’ Turn and The Senegalese Legal Aid Society of Women Lawyers in Senegal will receive funding from Plan International to start a two-year innovative program with Thies School District to train future female leaders and lay the foundation for gender equality.

To start the initiative, Ladies’ Turn will select 20 physical education teachers to participate in the program and start girls’ soccer teams at their schools. The P.E. teachers will receive training for new coaches from the Senegalese Federation for Football. Then Ladies’ Turn will work with the coaches to help their build their teams of 15 girls, run initial practices, and supply them with all the equipment they need to succeed- balls, jerseys, nets, etc.

At the end of each year, Ladies’ Turn will organize a big tournament bringing all of the schools and teams together. The Legal Aid Society of Women Lawyers will hold sessions with the girls to educate them about their rights and protections under the law. Legal Aid is an expert in legal advocacy for women and children’s rights and anti-discrimination law. 

We are very excited about this new initiative and the new partners that we’ll get to work with!

Finally, we are making a final 2018 fundraising push!  Please consider making a tax-exempt donation to Ladies’ Turn this holiday season. The future of women’s soccer is bright and your donation makes it brighter! 

Thanks again for all of your support.

Nio far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Seyni, Ladies
Seyni, Ladies' Turn President, praises partnership
 
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