The 2017 edition of the FIFA “Live Your Goals” (LYG) festivals kicked off on Thursday in Ruhango District, Southern Province.
The Live Your Goals campaign targets and inspires more girls and women to play football. It was launched at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and is part of FIFA’s long-term commitment to support women’s football worldwide.
In Ruhango District, 200 girls aged between 6-12 years drawn from four schools namely EP Amizero, EP Munini, GS Catholique Ruhango and EP ADEPR participated in the day-long event which was held at Indangaburenzi College of Education playground.
The girls participated in a range of activities which varied from 4v4 games, to fun coaching stations working on dribbling, passing and control that were ran by regional technical advisors and other Volunteers.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, FERWAFA Vice President Vedaste Kayiranga who was the chief guest said, “The launch of this year’s edition of FIFA LYG campaign will open a further avenue for more girls to play football in Rwanda. These festivals aim to build on the success of the Live Your Goals campaign so far, and it is meant to offer a host of exciting activities to the public,”
“Just like we have seen in Ruhango district, we hope to see more girls and women at the week-long festival session which will end on September 22. Let us support girls and encourage them to play football regularly so as to raise the profile of women’s football in Rwanda,” added Kayiranga.
The objectives of the Live Your Goals campaign in Rwanda are to increase the number of girls/women playing football incrementally, create new opportunities for girls to play football by increasing the number of festivals year on year and increase the numbers of girls who move on to clubs from the festivals.
After Ruhango District, the Live Your Goal session will continue to Muhanga District on Friday morning. The next sessions will be held next week on Tuesday, September 19 in Kayonza District; Gicumbi district on September 21 before concluding in Musanze District on September 22.