PLAY SOCCER GHANA (PSG)
PSG is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing children, between the ages of 5 to 15 years old living in disadvantaged communities with health, social and soccer skills. The program involves a 48-week curriculum taught on a weekly basis by youth volunteer instructors drawn from the 11 communities in which we operate.
The organization also runs a FIFA inspired program called “Street League”. This targets young men and women between the ages of 16-22 years who are out of education, vocation or employment by using football as a rallying activity. After a trimester program which includes life skills and ICT training, educational trips, entrepreneurial and employment workshops, a needs assessment is conducted to determine the potentials and interest of participants who are then referred to vocational institutions and agencies, to schools, football clubs, volunteer organizations, etc.
Play Soccer Ghana’s vision is to develop a holistic programmatic platform that helps kids and young people lead healthy and productive lives. Its mission is to become the leading sports-for-development outlet in Ghana by providing soccer-inspired programs that empower children and youth to lead positive social change in their lives and in their communities.
KICKING FOR CHANGE
The Kicking for Change Project was derived fromCityzens Giving; a global fund to help city youth uplift themselves and their peers through the global language of football. This is a program where fans decide how projects are funded; help young leaders in six countries use the football effect to tackle the most serious social problems in each region.
Play Soccer Ghana is proud to be a beneficiary of such laudable project. The project, “Kicking for Change”, would be undertaken in eight (8) principal fishing and farming communities within the Cape Coast metropolis and beyond where there are records of high rates of social problems such as teenage pregnancy, unemployment and child labour. It would be an inclusive mass participation program that would aim at engaging children and youth in a structured grassroots educational program that unites children, youth and communities to promote development through football. All football activities would be preceded by an educational element.
Our community development through football project would be achieved through a structured recreational football leagues, tournaments, community education, Mentoring, Workshops, Extra-mural classes, Employment skills, Referrals etc.
Conscious efforts would be made to change the perception and stigma associated with people living with disabilities through awareness creation and their participation in the programs.
The target communities and hosts of the project are Elmina, Dehia, Bakaano, Greenhill (Cape Coast School for the Deaf), Nkanfoa, Moree, Oguaa Football for Hope Center and Amamoma (University of Cape Coast).
- After-school Classes and PSG Program Activities
- Street League Program
- Community School League
- Community Learning Centre
- Special Events
In this module, major school, community and group-based events will be held to emphasize self development, promote self confidence, determinism, develop critical thinking skills and also to reduce stigma and discrimination.
The outcomes of the project are the following;
- Improved school grades and acquisition of formal and informal education qualification.
- Acquisition of childhood development and youth training through physical, health and social skills engagement.
- Increased preparedness for employment having acquired relevant skills to secure jobs.
- Positive change in the perception of persons with disability (PWDs) and in discarding misconceptions.
- Enhanced capacity of parents/guardians to raise their children/wards.
The major landmark activities for the Kicking for Change project are;
1. Community Assessment and Selection
2. Community Entry
3. Purposeful Selection
4. Training for Change and Strategic Project Pilot
5. Full Scale Implementation
6. Monitoring and Evaluation
7. Outcome Measurement
8. Project Review and Adjustment
9. Sustainability Compact Development
10. Project Completion and Transfer
COMMUNITY SELECTION AND ASSESSMENT
The first stage of touring and assessing the project communities has been completed. The primary objective was to identify the developmental gap between what is and what should be, and whether this need is felt by the community. Closely examining the life conditions of the prospective child and youth participants in these communities helped to uncover what is really needed for the Kicking for Change project and the experience offered ideas towards enhancing our change approach. The primary reasons for our assessment were to;
- Help gain a deeper understanding of the community.
- Encourage community members to consider the community’s assets and how to use them.
- Help make decisions about priorities for the program or system improvement.
- To eliminate unpleasant surprises as the project progresses.
The long and dusty road to the Dehia community Dehia’s English and Arabic School
The Project is at the tail end of the stage of formally approaching all relevant institutions, societies, groups and individuals within the 8 host communities with its change approach. This process has turned out as a two-way dialogue; offering the opportunity to fully share the activities and expected outcomes of the Kicking for Change intervention and in giving community stakeholders the chance to ask questions and to come to a full understanding of what to expect.
Soccer field atop the Nkanfoa community that serves the physical education needs of three schools.
The process has proven invaluable in communicating to these stakeholders of chiefs, opinion leaders, Unit Committees members, Assemblymen, parents, teachers, youth, volunteers, etc. to have measured project expectations and that, they are valued for their immense knowledge and experience. Upon acceptance of the project proposal and the promised deliverables by a community, permission is sought to commence the project in earnest and to make the community’s resources and assets available as a corporate contribution. In the process of holding formal consultations and community meetings, cultural practices were observed. For instance, as visitors to the houses of chiefs, customary offerings of money in place of Aromatic Schnapps have been made to our royal hosts.
The Project is at the brink of purposefully selecting 840 unique and 1,200 project participants for its various modules. Meanwhile, the community assessment and entry stages have afforded the opportunity of identifying willing candidates who will make a good fit. At the Moree community for instance, a 22 year-old school drop-out, Michael, is willing to commit to the Street League Program after hearing about the module during a community meeting. His vision of going back to school to complete the last year of Senior High School and in developing his budding business of making handicrafts meets the requirements of the program that targets the youth and is focused on the outcome of increasing the preparedness for employment of its participants.
Street vendor, Michael. Michael’s colorful craft work