Mat North into Grass­root Soc­cer

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - In­no­cent Kurira Sports Reporter

MORE than 500 chil­dren in Mata­bele­land North’s Bubi Dis­trict have sub­scribed to the Grass­root Soc­cer whose ob­jec­tive is to ed­u­cate them on ado­les­cence and health is­sues through soc­cer.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion which is work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with English Pre­mier­ship side, the Ar­se­nal Foun­da­tion, has man­aged to trans­form lives of many chil­dren in the prov­ince.

The schools so far in­volved are Esiphikeni, Somvubu and Makhosini sec­ondary schools.

Ac­cord­ing to Grass­root Soc­cer com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, Nom­pumelelo Bhebhe, the ob­jec­tive of the pro­gramme is to give ru­ral chil­dren, es­pe­cially from re­mote ar­eas, a voice.

“The pro­gramme has man­aged to awaken the minds of young peo­ple in the re­gion. Health now has mean­ing to each of them.

“They re­alise that in or­der to de­velop a healthy fu­ture, they need to change be­hav­iour. The young peo­ple tak­ing part in this pro­gramme are see­ing a brighter light to the is­sues sur­round­ing their health and they are grate­ful to have been en­light­ened on is­sues they had very lit­tle knowl­edge be­fore such as HIV/Aids and other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases,” said Bhebhe.

She said plans were un­der­way to spread to all parts of the coun­try so that chil­dren have a plat­form to learn about health is­sues and other chal­lenges they face.

“We will soon spread to Man­i­ca­land and Mashona­land prov­inces,” she said.

Bhebhe also hailed the sup­port they get from the Ar­se­nal Foun­da­tion.

“We are more than proud and ex­cited to be col­lab­o­rat­ing with such a huge brand which has a very pos­i­tive im­pact on our pro­gramme,” said Bhebhe.

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