Support Amputee Soccer in Sierra Leone

by Greatest Goal Ministries USA
Oct 20, 2011

Disability Football (Soccer) in Sierra Leone

Dear Donor,

A team of twelve members from Greatest Goal Ministries USA has just returned from 14 days in Sierra Leone and an incredible vision has been cast for disability football (soccer) in this small nation.

 During the spring of this year a group of over 30 amputees decided to break away from (SLASC) the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club, started in 2001.  There were many grievances stated in regard to the management of SLASC.  The players were ready for another option. 

 During the past several months, while GGM and your donations assisted the team in transportation costs and the purchase of additional balls and jerseys for playing etc.,  we challenged the amputees to formulate what a new team or organization would look like.

 While in Sierra Leone we had the opportunity to meet with the amputee team as well as representatives from the deaf and polio football teams.  Together, a new vision in regard to disabled football in Sierra Leone was created.

 Greatest Goal Ministries as the umbrella organization will register a new disability football league, GGM Disability Football League (GGM DFL).  Each of the disability groups (amputee, polio and deaf) will become a club within the league.  Each club will have their own bylaws governing the administrative part of their club, but the overall GGM Disabilty Football League Constitution will govern all the clubs and will be used to register the league with the Ministry of Social Welfare and with the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).  SLFA rules and regulations will govern the league.

 Equipment, jerseys, nets etc. will be maintained and distributed through Greatest Goal Ministries Freetown office.  Oversight of donated funds will also be coordinated through our main office. 

 GGM USA will provide the constitution of GGM DFL and the bylaws of the three disability groups once they have all been voted upon, on this GlobalGiving web site.

 While we were in Sierra Leone the amputee team challenged the polio team to a football match.  An historic game was played as both these groups, with crutches flying put on an absolutely inspirational match.  Please take a moment to look at the new photos.  Video images will be posted soon.

 Life in Sierra Leone is difficult at best, but as a disabled person in the poorest country on earth each and every day is a struggle that very few of us can even begin to imagine.  The game of football provides an outlet and a form of stress reduction.  During their time on the field the players are not disabled. They are athletes playing the world’s sport.  The troubles of life are momentarily forgotten; all effort and thought is confined to the field and a soccer ball.

 Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we build a program that can help provide a sports outlet for the disabled of Sierra Leone in Freetown now, and eventually out into the provinces.

Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Greatest Goal Ministries USA

Location: Bellevue, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.greatestgoalministries.org
Greatest Goal Ministries USA
Project Leader:
Carolynn (Lynn) Pelton
Executive Director
Bellevue, WA United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

Still want to help?

Find another project in Sierra Leone or in Sport that needs your help.
Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.