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Football4Life launched in Namibia

Authored by Norman Brook, the Football4Life Manual has been written to assist football coaches to facilitate positive youth development among Namibian youth (boys and girls) who like to play football. It has been developed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), working in partnership with the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

The manual seeks to promote sport as a tool for both positive youth development and the adoption of healthy lifestyles. The principles set out in this manual can be used by football coaches operating in football clubs/ teams who wish to promote the holistic development of their players or can be used by football coaches working in NGOs where sport is used specifically as means of reaching young people and developing their life skills. The manual can be used by coaches coaching youth under 20 years of age, but the content of the healthy lifestyles section has most relevance to the under 13 and under 15 age groups who are transitioning through adolescence from childhood to adulthood.

You can download the manual here.

A second manual called Basketball4Life is currently in production and will be launched soon.

Norman Brook and Donny Jurgens conducted facilitator training in Windhoek for leading Namibian Football and Basketball coaches preparing them to deliver coach training in how to use the two manuals.

Training on a newly developed Football4Life coaching manual was offered to the sports community in Windhoek and the Ohangwena region in the first and second week of November last year.

News coverage on the implementation of the manual can be found here for the Namibian Sun and here for the New Era

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