Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer

by Ladies' Turn
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer
Coaches for 14 Girls' Soccer at Thies Schools
Coaches for 14 Girls' Soccer at Thies Schools

Summer Soccer Time!

Ladies’ Turn is gearing up for the summer soccer in Thies! We had to delay our spring activities in schools because of a teacher strike. In May, we were able to get back out there. On May 6-7, 2022, we organized a coaches’ training for coaches of girls’ teams at the 14 schools we work with in Thies. Our coaches are still mostly men but we are excited to have a few more women participate. Hopefully one day we will get to 50-50 or more! On June 1, we distributed equipment, balls, and uniforms to the schools for our summer soccer activities. So now we’re all set to start playing!

The other exciting summer soccer news is that Senegalese women’s team qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations and is competing in the Cup in Morocco in July. The Cup runs from July 2 to 23. Besides trying to win the cup, the teams are playing to be in the top 11 who will qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. Senegal’s first game is on July 3 against Uganda. Our President Seyni Ndir Seck will be attending the Cup in her capacity as President of the Women’s Soccer Commission at the Senegalese Federation for Soccer. We wish Seyni and the Lionnesses luck!

Wishing everyone a joyful summer and some soccer wins! Thank you for your support!

Nio Far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies’ Turn Team

Former nat'l coach Bassouare Diaby trains coaches
Former nat'l coach Bassouare Diaby trains coaches
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Seyni & Gaelle reunite in Morocco for Senegal game
Seyni & Gaelle reunite in Morocco for Senegal game

Ladies’ Turn cancelled our activities for mid-summer and fall. Like many countries, Senegal experienced a wave of cases due to the Delta variant and then another wave because of Omicron. We are hoping to start activities back up in February if the cases continue to go down. We are also hoping for more vaccines for Senegal.

With our activities on pause, we thought we’d give you an update on the Senegalese national women’s team. The national team is in the midst of qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations which will take place in July 2022. Senegal beat Liberia in Monrovia 2-1 on October 20, 2021 and then beat Liberia again in a home game on October 26. The games were played before a limited number of spectators because of COVID-19.

The Senegalese national team also played Morocco in a friendly match on November 30, 2021. Seyni, our President, traveled in her capacity as the Senegalese Soccer Federation’s women’s soccer representative. Morocco beat Senegal 2-0, but despite the loss, Seyni had a great time reuniting with Gaelle, our Communications Director.

In mid-February, Senegal will play the next qualifying round against Mali, first in Bamako and then in Dakar. So go Lionnesses!   

Thank you again for all your support and for hanging with us these past two pandemic years. We hope to update you next time with news of lots of girls’ soccer games. Fingers crossed!

Nio Far,

Jennifer and the Ladies’ Turn team

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National Team Player & High School Player meet
National Team Player & High School Player meet

At Ladies’ Turn, we’ve been able to organize soccer activities this past spring and summer, in line with national guidelines. We don’t know where things are going with the pandemic, but the girls are grateful for the moments when they have gotten to play outside. In March and April, with support from Plan International Belgium and the Belgian Development Cooperation, we organized another round of weekend games between the 20 high schools girls’ teams we work with in Thies. 

Check out the opening video of the tournament with all the teams here: https://youtu.be/JKuxxaea4HM

This time the winner of tournament got a special prize. On June 10, they traveled to Toubab Dialao, a town on the coast south of Dakar, to meet the national women’s team and the U-20 women’s team at the FIFA training complex Center Jules-François Bocandé. We hope to inspire girls to continue to play soccer and maybe one day represent Senegal on the national team! 

On June 19, we participated in La Liga’s One Humanity campaign with the UN. LaLiga, the Spanish League, worked with Ladies’ Turn to organize a “Together as One” day of sports and activities to encourage the values of inclusion, diversity, and solidarity at the CNEPS (The National Center for Collective Education and Sports) in Thies. 100 boys and girls participated in activities to encourage the idea of inclusion in sports. The children participated in exercises in leadership and public speaking. Our Ladies’ Turn President Seyni Ndir Seck led the inclusion activities. 

Finally, FIFA visited Ladies’ Turn to film a video for the next World Cup. The clip will feature Saly who started playing with us in Saint Louis 10 years ago and now plays for the national team.  So look out for us in videos leading up to the World Cup!  

Thanks you as always for your support! We couldn't do it without you!

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Penalty Kick in the Thies Girls' Tournament
Penalty Kick in the Thies Girls' Tournament
Thies High School Girls' Teams play in tournament
Thies High School Girls' Teams play in tournament
Thies High School Girls' Tournament Match
Thies High School Girls' Tournament Match
Saly started w/ Ladies' Turn & is now on natl team
Saly started w/ Ladies' Turn & is now on natl team
Thies High School Champions meet National Team!
Thies High School Champions meet National Team!
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Happy International Women's Day!
Happy International Women's Day!

Ladies’ Turn has had a great start to 2021. It feels strange to even write that, but we’re grateful. Since Senegal has not been hit as badly by COVID-19 as other countries, sports were allowed to open up in January. The rules in Senegal are that players do not have to wear masks, but everyone on the sidelines should.

Ladies’ Turn didn’t miss a beat. On January 9, we picked up our activities with the high schools in Thies right back up and kicked off our soccer tournament. We divided the 20 high school girls teams we had been working with before the pandemic into 4 different groups. The teams in each group played each other in quick 30 minute matches on different neighborhood fields. We then separated the teams into 5 different levels, taking the best teams from each group in Level 1 and so forth. On January 30, we invited these teams back for the semi-final round where the teams in each level played each other on two different neighborhood fields.

We included 100 boys in our activities with our 300 girl players because we are trying to normalize girl’s soccer and build a more inclusive society. If boys grow up playing with girls, they will accept it as a normal activity that girls do too and hopefully champion girls’ right to play. 

Finally on February 20 after the teams had time to practice, we organized a fun finals day at CNEPS (The National Center for Collective Education and Sports) in Thies. CNEPS has been our partner since we started Ladies’ Turn way back in 2009. It’s a wonderful spot. The women’s national team when our President Seyni was captain also trained there and continues to at times. We thank Plan International Belgium and the Belgian Development Cooperation who have been our funding partners for this tournament.

We also organized a gala match bringing together former national women’s team players on January 10, 2021, on the neighborhood field of Guediawaye, a large area in the periphery of Dakar. The French Embassy supported this event so we are grateful for our local partners and all of you, our partners spread out across the world!

We’re glad to be back to playing as long as cases remain very low! We hope you are all healthy and well and that these photos provide hope for a better 2021. Thank you for all of your generous support throughout this pandemic and before! You keep us going!

Nio far, we are in this together (more now than ever),

Jennifer and the Ladies’ Turn Team

Senegal National Team Alum Reunite for Gala Match
Senegal National Team Alum Reunite for Gala Match
Jigeen Foot = Women's Soccer in Wolof
Jigeen Foot = Women's Soccer in Wolof
Girls play a soccer tournament game in Thies
Girls play a soccer tournament game in Thies
Girl's team in Thies competing in tournament
Girl's team in Thies competing in tournament
Woman coach of a girl's soccer team
Woman coach of a girl's soccer team
Kickoff at CNEPS!
Kickoff at CNEPS!
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Girls receive schools supplies from Ladies' Turn
Girls receive schools supplies from Ladies' Turn

Ladies’ Turn is hanging in there this year and we hope you all are too! Most of our activities are of course postponed, but we are moving forward as we can.

Case in point, we just rented out first office space! This is an exciting step for us, an organization fueled by volunteer dedication. We are excited to have an official, professional office space to conduct meetings and welcome partners.

The other good news is that COVID-19 rates in Senegal have remained very low. In fact, USA Today highlighted the Senegalese response: Senegal's quiet COVID success: Test results in 24 hours, temperature checks at every store, no fights over masks  

So schools are open, and we donated school supplies for 365 girls at the El Hadj Boubacar Diop School in Saint Louis in partnership with the organization, Lega Pace.

As Thanksgiving approaches in the US, we are very thankful for your continued support, especially in these challenging times. We hope these beautiful photos of these girls receiving their school supplies will be an uplifting image of hope. Also don’t miss the video of their dance below.

We are coming up on the end of quite a year, 2020. In a wish for a brighter 2021 for Ladies’ Turn, the girls we work with, and us all on this beautiful planet, please consider making another donation

Stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving in whatever form it takes this year.

In gratitude,

Jennifer and the Ladies’ Turn Team

Seyni (far right) with school leaders & Lega Pace
Seyni (far right) with school leaders & Lega Pace
Teachers gather for quick (half masked) photo op
Teachers gather for quick (half masked) photo op
Our new conference room- it's the big leagues now!
Our new conference room- it's the big leagues now!
And our office!
And our office!

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