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
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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Laurence, Helene, Gaelle, Jen (also Seyni & Diaby)
Laurence, Helene, Gaelle, Jen (also Seyni & Diaby)

Ladies’ Turn is hanging in there! We have paused all of our activities and will reassess in October about when we should start up again.

Luckily Senegal thusfar has been spared the brunt of the pandemic. According to the Johns Hopkins website as of July 12, 2020, Senegal has had 8,135 COVID-19 cases for a country with a population of approximately 15 million people. In March, The government asked people to stay home and for a time imposed a curfew at 8pm although that has now been lifted. The government has also been distributing masks. Schools were also closed. On June 25, however, schools reopened for the end of year exams for students finishing primary school, middle school, and in high school for the baccalaureate exam. These exams are key for progressing to the next level.

In West Africa, Senegal has one of the best health systems although most health infrastructure is centered in the capital. We continue to hope that the spread of coronavirus stays limited.

As for Ladies’ Turn, if the pandemic worsens, we will think of ways to support our players outside of our usual soccer activities. For now, this pause in activities finally gave us an opportunity to get together from our different corners of the globe on Skype. Seyni called in from Dakar and Diaby from Saint Louis, Senegal. Jennifer called in from Washington, DC. Gaelle, our Communications Director, called in from Évreux, France where she had been visiting her sister and got stuck when the stay at home order came. Hélène joined from Paris. We even had Laurence who helped us in the early years of Ladies’ Turn call in from Cameroon.  

It’s always magic to speak together. It’s why we do Ladies’ Turn- the mission and the people! We chatted about the past year, realizing how much we had accomplished, in no small part thanks to your support! We also discussed how in the coming years want to keep working in schools to tie girls’ soccer to education and reach younger and younger girls. 

Seyni has also been participating in a local soccer chat. She was invited to participate in a whatsapp group “Foot Local” or “Local Football” that brings together local representatives throughout the country for soccer. They asked her to join for the first time to give an update on women’s soccer. The chat now has become a forum for discussing the implications of COVID on soccer and will be active people discuss what to do in the fall.

We hope you all stay healthy and happy. Thank you again for your ongoing support!

Nio far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Throwback to 2009- Jen, Seyni, Gaelle, Helene
Throwback to 2009- Jen, Seyni, Gaelle, Helene
2009 celebration- Seyni, Laurence, Gaelle, Jen
2009 celebration- Seyni, Laurence, Gaelle, Jen
Seyni's mask w/ Senegalese Federation for Football
Seyni's mask w/ Senegalese Federation for Football
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A girl on a school team in Thies practices headers
A girl on a school team in Thies practices headers

We’ve had a fun winter of soccer in Senegal!

From October to December 2019, Ladies’ Turn organized Saturday soccer clinics for girls’ teams at 20 schools in Thies, Senegal. It’s been inspiring to see the girls who started playing in April really improve. We kicked off these recent clinics on October 11 with an event for the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child. I’m excited to share these photos because they really capture the energy of Senegal and what we do!

In February, we moved into our tournament phase with the teams. Between February 22 and March 21, 2020, we are organizing 8 one day tournaments in different zones of Thies to give all the teams plenty of opportunities to compete. The final tournament will bring every team together to play and have fun! We’re excited!

We’d like to thank you for all of your support! You make Ladies’ Turn possible! We’d like to thank Plan International Belgium and the Belgian Development Cooperation who have been our funding partners in this recent adventure.

Wishing everyone a fantastic spring!

Nio far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies’ Turn Team

Drills!
Drills!
Group photo at a Saturday clinic in Thies!
Group photo at a Saturday clinic in Thies!
Scrimmage!
Scrimmage!
Girls play in their new cleats
Girls play in their new cleats
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