Foot­ball clinic seeks to de­velop health, nu­tri­tion for chil­dren

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

Around 150 Myan­mar chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in a one-day foot­ball clinic on World Milk Day, 1 June. The event wass the first that has been or­ga­nized by the Em­bassy of the Nether­lands in co­op­er­a­tion with the Myan­mar Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion and Dutch Lady.

The clinic was given by foot­ball play­ers from the Myan­mar na­tional women’s foot­ball team. Un­der the joy­ful guid­ance of their fe­male role mod­els, the chil­dren were in­spired and in­formed about the im­por­tance of good nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent state­ment.

The chil­dren were from an or­phan­age called Full Moon Chil­dren De­vel­op­ment Fam­ily which is lo­cated near Bago. They will be trans­ported by bus from their or­phan­age to the ar­ti­fi­cial foot­ball fields near Thuwanna Sta­dium. There they will have lunch and wel­come the stars of Myan­mar’s fe­male foot­ball team. For two hours, they will en­joy sim­ple train­ing ex­er­cises that will be given by the foot­ball play­ers of the na­tional foot­ball team. Af­ter this, there will be a Meet&Greet where the chil­dren will have the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions to foot­ball play­ers of the na­tional foot­ball team.

The Myan­mar na­tional foot­ball team has a rich his­tory in women’s foot­ball. The team was three time run­ner-up in the South­east Asian Games, in 1997, 2003, 2005. Myan­mar also tri­umphed twice in the AFF Women’s Cham­pi­onship in 2004 and 2007. This year, un­der the guid­ance of the Dutch coach Roger Rei­jn­ers, the team will try to win the 2016 AFF Women’s Cham­pi­onship that will be hosted in Mandalay.

The state­ment notes that while many ex­ist­ing norms dis­cour­age women’s athletics, the South­east Asian games that took place in Myan­mar in 2013 ap­peared to have had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the view of women in sport. When sport is seen as an is­sue of na­tional pride, women’s per­for­mance ap­pears to be more ac­cept­able, their par­tic­i­pa­tion can be seen as a pa­tri­otic duty. The fact that the 2016 AFF Women’s Cham­pi­onship will be hosted in Mandalay can there­fore pro­vide a unique op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness on the im­por­tance of ex­er­cise and good nu­tri­tion for both women and men.

Milk is an im­por­tant part of a healthy bal­anced diet and World Milk Day pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to spread the word. World Milk Day is an ob­ser­vance that has been held on June 1 since 2001. It was ini­ti­ated by the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the United Na­tions (FAO) to cel­e­brate milk as a global food.

Kids are mad about foot­ball. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

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