Brescia FC girls team - finalists!
Young girls in Kumba have a lot more choices these days, especially when it comes to recreational activities. Thanks to the diligent efforts of our staff in Cameroon, we are creating more opportunities to for girs to learn more about themselves, gain confidence, and build a network of peers. We are providing this forum to young girls in Kumba with another football competition in August and September. The second phase of the girl’s enrichment league kicked off on Thursday the 20th of August 2015 with four teams of young women and a supporter section cheering them on. After two rounds of play, the finals are set for Sunday, September 6th, and will feature Brescia F.C. and Arsenal F.C.
The four teams who played in the competition benefitted from jerseys donated by girls soccer teams here in Pittsburgh, Avonworth High School, and other equipment from Duquesne University.With the enouragement of jerseys, shorts, socks, and cleats, female participants and their male counterparts began to see the material benefits of participating in our educational programs. Equally, creating this oppotunity to showcase the talent of female athletes - both on the pitch and off the pitch - enhances the visibility of women's empowerment initiatives and furthers the conversation about gender equity.
The theme of the tournament is hard work, discipline, and becoming a role model. Throughout the matches, all teams exercised the importance of these qualities via motivational statements. They also demonstrate knowledge gained by providing answers to the referee's questions about the topic of the match. Sport lovers from the Delegate of Sport and Physical Education alongside with FECAFOOT Delegates were present at the field to encourage these girls with a passion for the beautiful game of football.
Madam Mwengela Catherine, Regional Delegate of Female Football in the Southwest, was present to cheer on the girls and was pleasantly surprised with our activities, especially in the domain of gender equity. When the girls came out to read motivational statements she exclaimed,
"Wow, an enrichment league, indeed! Kudos to the CameroonFDP staff for such an initiative!"
Check out the Facebook page for more updates on the teams, coaches, and the results of the Championship match this weekend!
Arsenal girls- Finalists representing Avonworth HS
Coaches shake hands before match
Wumjeck FC ladies supported by PA West Soccer
St. Peters FC
Coaches stand with Madam Director of Female Fball