A new direction for Zambian women’s football

The first women’s football FIFA Com-Unity seminar to take place in Zambia opened in Lusaka on Monday 18 February 2013. The Football Association of Zambia and the government outlined new policy proposals and challenged stakeholders to ensure that the women’s game overcomes existing challenges and becomes a viable source of livelihood for females.

The youth and sports deputy minister, Stephen Masumba, declared the seminar at the Cresta Golfview Hotel officially open with a reminder to delegates that the government would keenly follow the 3-day proceedings and plans formulated at the end of the programme.

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Among the NGOs invited were: Breakthrough Chiparamba Sports Academy, Bauleni United Sports Academy, Kalim Sports Council, LifeSkills Development Foundation, Sport In Action and NOWSPAR. The mentioned organisations are active members of the Sport for Social Change Network Zambia Chapter. 

The seminar closed on 21 February with key resolutions made to develop women’s football. These included:

  • Establishing talent identification programmes for girls
  • Developing skills training camps for girls
  • Initiating capacity building for school teachers and NGO staff
  • Signing of MOUs that will include the Football Association, Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Education and NGOs
  • Setting up school leagues and tournaments that will lead to a national girls’ sports festival
  • Organising an annual forum/conference to tackle women’s participation in sports
  • Building new sports infrastructure and maintaining existing infrastructure

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