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Sep 5, 2017

Seyni for President 2017!

Seyni gives a television interview.
Seyni gives a television interview.

It’s been an exciting summer for Ladies’ Turn. Seyni Ndir Seck, our President, ran for President of the Women’s Soccer Commission at the Senegalese Federation for Soccer. One by one the women's teams voted for their next President. And SEYNI WON! It’s the most important post for women’s soccer in Senegal right now, short of being the Minister of Sports.

As President of the Women’s Soccer Commission for the next 4 years, Seyni oversees the Federation’s leagues for women’s soccer. It’s a volunteer position so Seyni will also continue her day job at the national television station and keep leading Ladies’ Turn. Seyni's goal is to see that girls play soccer everywhere on Senegalese territory. 

Through the Women's Soccer Commission, Seyni will push for improving and expanding the official Federation women’s leagues. Through Ladies’ Turn, Seyni and our team can continue our important work at the grassroots level both in promoting girls’ soccer but also women’s leadership and education. 

Seyni’s going to be busy, but she’s been busy her whole life following her passion for playing soccer! She has fought for women’s opportunities to play, first as a player on a boy’s team in her neighborhood, then as a member of a women’s team in Dakar, and finally being selected not only for the national women’s soccer team but also eventually as captain of the national team, representing Senegal throughout Africa.

Your support of Ladies’ Turn provided Seyni with the opportunity to grow her passion into a full fledged organization:

"Ladies’ Turn has allowed me to deepen my capabilities as a leader, to learn new skills, and to develop effective strategies for advocating for women's soccer."  - Seyni

I’m sure you will all join us in a collective Congratulations President Seyni!

On behalf of Seyni and our team, thank you again! We could not do it without your support!

In Solidarity,

The Ladies' Turn Team

Seyni receives the news that she won the election.
Seyni receives the news that she won the election.
Seyni and player at a girls' soccer camp.
Seyni and player at a girls' soccer camp.
Seyni at Lala's graduation as a new PE Teacher!
Seyni at Lala's graduation as a new PE Teacher!
Jun 6, 2017

Women's Soccer Needs Women Coaches

Presenting the next generation of women coaches
Presenting the next generation of women coaches

Women’s soccer needs women coaches to flourish in Senegal. Until now, women’s soccer has been mostly coached and directed by men.  At Ladies’ Turn, we work with awesome women and we want them to lead! So we are partnering with British Council and the Premier League to train the next generation of female coaches. 

In January, Ladies’ Turn invited 36 women from 11 regions throughout Senegal- PE teachers, former soccer players, even former members of the National Women’s soccer team- to participate in a training to build their skills as women’s coaches from January 27-28 in Thies. At the end of the training, the participants returned to their communities and coach youth soccer teams and practice their new coaching skills.

“It’s a great initiative, going straight to the heart of developing women’s soccer in Senegal.” – Lala, PE teacher and former player who attended the training.

In May, Ladies’ Turn invited 24 participants back for another round of training from May 4-8. This time, half of the training focused on women’s leadership and social entrepreneurship. The participants designed their own micro projects to continue in their community and further hone their leadership skills. Ladies’ Turn and British Council will select the top projects to fund.

Thank you for all of your support and donations! We could not do it without you.

Nio far, in solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies’ Turn Team

Lala, PE Teacher and former player participates.
Lala, PE Teacher and former player participates.
Studying coaching strategy
Studying coaching strategy
Practicing drills to teach players.
Practicing drills to teach players.
Mar 10, 2017

Women's Soccer from All Angles in Festival Finale

Non-stop soccer
Non-stop soccer

With our festival in late November-early December 2016, we celebrated a lot of angles of women’s soccer. First and foremost, we played! 8 teams from throughout Senegal participated in a one-day non-stop tournament. Then we took an in depth look at the current state of women’s leadership in sports in Senegal. Finally, we all watched the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Final in Yaoundé live on a big screen from Demba Diop Stadium in Dakar.

During the group phase of the non-stop tournament on December 2, 2016, Casa Sport looked like they would win the whole tournament. They had traveled the farthest of any of the teams- all the way from Casamance, the southern region of Senegal which lies south of The Gambia. Casa Sport dominated the group phase, emerging as the only undefeated team. However, in the semi-final, they lost in penalty kicks to the Dorades from Mbour, a city 45 miles south along the coast from Dakar. The Dorades however couldn’t keep up the momentum and lost to the Dakar powerhouse, the Médiours from the suburb area of Rufisque - again in penalty kicks! 

“This festival helps us stay motivated and love soccer because it’s not easy to be a girl and play soccer and love soccer,” shared Awa, captain of a women's team in Dakar.

Our Leadership Panel the following day (December 3) provided needed space for reflection after the excitement of the tournament. A leading Senegalese sociologist was joined by a former Minister of Insitutional Relations, the Canadian Ambassador, and our President Seyni in discussing the progress and challenges surrounding women’s leadership in sports in Senegal. We hope to have a video of it so any francophiles can practice their feminist French!

Finally, everyone gathered to cheer on the Cameroonian and Nigerian Women’s Teams as they played the Final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Yaoundé. Nigeria once again proved they are the African team to beat- winning 1-0. Gaelle, our Communications Director, was in attendance live in in Yaoundé for it all. Check out her video of the electric atmosphere in the packed stadium. For Ladies’ Turn, watching the final together was an important moment of solidarity with other women’s teams in Africa. Senegal would love to make the finals one day, but women’s soccer finals are victories for us all. 

A huge thank you for all your support that makes this possible!  Also a thank you to our partners at the Embassy of Canada in Dakar for their grant and their Ambassador’s dedication!

Nio Far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Panel on Women's Leadership in Sports
Panel on Women's Leadership in Sports
Player asks a question at the panel on leadership
Player asks a question at the panel on leadership
Gaelle live at the Africa Cup of Nations Final
Gaelle live at the Africa Cup of Nations Final
Crowd cheers women players at Africa Cup Final
Crowd cheers women players at Africa Cup Final
 
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