PLAY it DREAM it: Sports and Mentoring
Over the years, the sport has proven to be one of the perfect mentoring platforms because mentoring through sports can help young people develop skills and character that apply to life. Just like in life, athletes experience the highs and lows of the game.
FAME Foundation on February 4, 2022, commenced her PLAY it DREAM it project, with support from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) for Internally Displaced Girls in Abuja. Through this, the unique power of sports is employed to mentor and equip girls with life skills and knowledge.
PLAY it DREAM it is an ongoing initiative of FAME Foundation aimed at using sports as a tool to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5, and 10 by improving girls’ well-being in under-served/hard to reach communities, improving access to quality and affordable education for all in vulnerable settlements, promote gender equality, and contribute to the reduction in inequalities among girls in crises situations.
Prior to the commencement of the project, a one-day workshop was conducted with the project coaches and volunteers to familiarize them with project goals, objectives, activities, and individual expectations. Also, an advocacy visit to the leaders of the targeted IDP Camps and an online campaign supported by some of Nigeria’s Super Eagles was conducted.
The weekly football activities with the 200 beneficiaries were conducted concurrently across 4 IDP Camps within the FCT.
The session commenced with a 10 minutes aerobic exercise and then a 20 minutes football practice conducted by PLAY it DREAM it coaches.
Following that was an interactive session between the beneficiaries and their mentors at their respective camps. Discussions surrounding girls’ enthusiasm towards sports, the challenges faced by girls interested in sports, gender equality faced at home and in their communities were engaged.
The one-hour session ended with mentors and coaches enlightening the girls that sports is not a man’s game and encouraging them to engage in sporting activities.