Fifteen years later: a high-performance feminine football club
By Maria Jose | Partnerships professional
Fifteen years ago, Andrés Wiesner, a young journalist, arrived in Cazuca to create a media report about gang dynamics in this neighborhood. During this labor, he decided to play a football match with a group of kids. Suddenly, he realized that many of the social problems he identified in the neighborhood, especially those involving children, could be explained by the amount of time that boys, girls, and teenagers spent in the streets without positively occupying their time. Therefore, he started playing weekly football matches with these children, and the ball started rolling around Cazuca, inviting hundreds of children to the game.
Fifteen years later, we are very proud to announce that we are going to found Cazuca's first high-performance feminine football team. We know that girls and women struggle when accessing sports and recreation services. There are many visible and invisible barriers for them to play football at a competitive level. Hence, our goal is to provide high-quality and integral service for 25 girls and create positive role models for Colombian girls who want to pursue a sport-related life project. We know it is an ambitious and challenging project, but we also believe that we will keep rolling the ball and creating inclusive environments with the support of people like you. We´ll keep you updated!
It has been a year since we had to close our presence-based activities. One year, we had to adapt all of our programs while also trying to meet our communities’ basic needs. We put all of our efforts into transforming our educational approach, and we were able to keep running our programs through radio, booklets, online lessons, among other things.
Nevertheless, we strongly believe in the power of peer education and that interaction between children, youth can promote important spontaneous lessons. Thus, we decided to return to our football courts, classrooms, and parks using biosafety protocols and complementing these educational spaces with the tools we created in 2020.
Special thanks to all of our supporters on this pandemic year; you are making it possible that more than 3000 children and young people continue to participate in their favorite activities!
For more than fourteen years, Tiempo de Juego has used game-based activities to promote Colombia's social change. COVID 19 made us put all of our efforts and creativity into creating alternative education content for more than 3000 children and youth in different Colombian territories: How can we still provide a quality service in territories where there is a lack of connectivity and technology?
During these months we have created radio programs for children that lacked access to the internet, a virtual platform to promote peer education and interaction between children, educational booklets, among other strategies - Now, more than ever, children need recreational activities to keep their emotional, cognitive and motor development -
To keep financing these actions and increase the number of children and youth learning through the game, we have created the digital festival "The Power of the game," which will take place on November 26 and 27th. This event seeks to gather different perspectives around the transformative power that the game has to create more equitable and inclusive societies. Therefore, diverse professionals and specialists from various disciplines - psychology, politics, sports, videogames, film, literature, among others - will discuss this transformational power from their experience. Now anyone, in any part of the world can attend Tiempo de Juego's fundraising event!
Additionally, we have launched a virtual race named 5Kzuca. This athletics event will bring together hundreds of people to support and make visible that, through a great sport, Teenage Pregnancy may be prevented. This race seeks to strengthen sports schools and to guarantee better performance and transformation in children's lives. This race will take place from November 14th to 27th, and athletes may run 5k or ride 35k in bicycle wherever they want to - in parks, roads, treadmills, bike rollers, etc. - in any country. Want to join us?
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