Using sport to help girls in India
Goal, our global community programme, is aimed at empowering adolescent girls from deprived areas with the skills they need to make informed life choices.
Sport isn't just for boys
Gulafsha was 15 when she heard about a programme where girls from her community were allowed to play sport. She’d seen the boys in her school play sport, but never thought it was an option for girls.
When she found the local Goal site, she was encouraged to join in by the coaches. Since the day she started, Gulafsha’s always at Goal and hasn’t missed one session, saying “at first, I thought I’d just come play one or two times and then go back home. But then I loved the game so much that I never wanted to stop playing!”
Not only is she excelling at netball and taking part in local tournaments, she also teaches other girls how to play and trains them on communication skills, how to deal with peer pressure and the importance of leadership.
What’s next for girls like Gulafsha?
Goal gives girls the skills they need to become employable. Gulafsha’s ambition is to become a police officer. As well as leading Goal sessions herself, she’s also being sponsored by the Directorate General of Employment and Training, Ministry of Labour to attend a computer course to help her achieve her ambitions.
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