The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) took a significant step towards promoting football in schools by donating 10,820 footballs to the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) yesterday.
This generous contribution is part of FIFA’s Football for Schools project (F4S), which seeks to enhance access to the sport for boys and girls worldwide by integrating it into the education system.
As an esteemed member association of FIFA, the SLFA engaged in discussions with the MBSSE to develop an effective implementation strategy for the F4S initiative. They mutually agreed to commence the project by distributing the footballs to pre-primary and junior secondary schools throughout Sierra Leone.
Expressing his appreciation, Dr. David Monina Sengeh, the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, commended FIFA and the SLFA for their proactive efforts in advancing football development in Sierra Leone. He emphasized the timeliness of the football donation, acknowledging its potential to promote physical activity and foster teamwork among children and youth.
Furthermore, Dr. Sengeh highlighted the significant cognitive and psychosocial benefits associated with engaging in sports activities at a young age. He expressed optimism that the introduction of football through the F4S project would positively impact the educational journey of children and teenagers, leading to overall improvements in their lives.
The Football for Schools project is widely regarded as a commendable initiative that has the power to create a transformative effect on the lives of Sierra Leone’s youth. By integrating football into the education system, the project not only encourages physical fitness but also instills important values such as discipline, perseverance, and collaboration among students.