One of the numerous advantages of promoting physical exercise is not only to have a healthy and active lifestyle but also building some of the most pivotal moral values such as the spirit of supporting each other, self-denial, hard work, dedication and self-sacrifice, team work, tolerance and respect, loyalty, honesty and fair play
Hope and Service to Mankind foundation believes that Sport has the power to engage young people from a range of backgrounds and bring about change and development in their lives.
Sports for Change, our latest micro-project, focuses on encouraging children and young people from our community to take part in sporting and physical education activities. We believe that sporting activities are crucial for the development of their social, emotional and cognitive skills. This programme is now in its second year running and is supported by local and international volunteers who inspire, motivate and coach our 10 football teams (male & female) and run PE sessions at community schools.
This summer, we have had the pleasure of hosting a group of 10 volunteers from the European University of Madrid, Spain, who have been working with the HSMF football teams as well as students from Liberty Star Intl School in Klagon and Continental Basic in Ashaiman. They have greatly contributed to the programme by making available a range of different sports equipment to enable teachers to run more inspiring, engaging and inclusive PE activities. The group has been designing and carrying out physical activities with children ranging from 4 to 16 years promoting healthy and fair competition, boosting their confidence and self-esteem. The weekend of 27/28 July entirely revolved around the Sports for Change football tournament: 5 teams of Gomoa FC and HSMF FC were battling it out in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at Gomoa-Bensu, Central Region. While the HSMF Seniors won (2:0) and the Ladies drew respectively (0:0), the Boys U13 (4:1 ), U15 ( 2:1) and U17 (2:0) teams will have to step up their game .
The return matches are due to take place on Saturday 3 August at Klagon and are again expected to attract large numbers of spectators. Our Volunteers of the Sport for Change project, really believe that the sport can be used as a great way to help young people to be the best they can be, bringing a change for good in their lifestyles, as we think the discipline of sport shows us that sacrifices in life can make us be better and stronger, that our opponents can also be friends, and that our limits can be surpassed.