Base Malinga AYDF’s director of Life Skills and Sports initiatives attended the Youth Development through Football (YDF) refresher instructor workshop on “Gender Awareness and Violence Prevention”.  The workshop took place in the Soweto (Nike Sports Facility) from Monday November 5th through Friday November 9th, 2012.  The workshop coincided with the celebration of YDF three years of sport for development with the European Union. The event theme was on Gender Awareness and Violence Prevention.

This workshop was attended by individuals who were trained on Gender and Violence Prevention in the past, this 5 day gathering had the following objectives:

–         To refresh knowledge of previous trainings and create a platform of exchange for previously trained YDF instructors.

–         To offer specialization on gender awareness and /or violence prevention.

–         To explore how content of different YDF manuals can be combined: Gender Based Violence Prevention through Football

Attendees came from various provinces ranging from the Western Cape, the Free State, KZN, and Gauteng.  Participants were divided into 2 groups.  The first group was comprised of football coaches, and the second group of Gender Awareness and Violence Prevention through Football facilitators.  Sessions varied from topics like roles & responsibilities of a coach in a mixed team of boys and girls to stereotypes, understanding the causes of violence & understanding, Intervening in conflict situations, the right to play, women and children’s rights in football, victimization and violence perpetration, and levels of intervention.

The gender and violence prevention group played a football match with the other group of coaches where Base Malinga served as goal keeper.  The match was evenly balanced as the final score was 3 all, after two 40 minute halves.

On Thursday the 8th of November GIZ held a press conference, and on Friday the 9th a panel discussion was held to mark three years of youth development with European Union.  Attendees of the discussion were the Department of Sports & Recreation South Africa, former Banyana Banyana captain Ms. Desree Ellis, and a wide list of media representatives.  Base Malinga led the planning and organizing of the soccer tournament for mixed groups.  The tournament theme was Gender Awareness and Violence Prevention through Football.  All participating children received a mini soccer ball presented by former Bafana coach Mr. Pitso Mosimane.

AYDF’s plan in partnership with GIZ is to implement the YDF Coaching Toolkit, and Gender Awareness/Violence Prevention in the GaManamela Village in Limpopo province