In January, Childreach Nepal held a football tournament between six schools, which kicked off a three-day ‘Childreach Fiesta’ event in connection with Childreach Nepal’s Sports Initiative, a project that provides underprivileged children with more opportunities through sport.
The tournament, which was made possible with the help of volunteers, began with group stages on Wednesday 15th January, with semi-finals and finals played the day after. Girls and boys from Yangrima School, Jyotidaya Cooperative School, Shree Chilaune School, Future Stars High School, Kathmandu University High School and Laboratory Higher Secondary School gathered in their teams on the pitch before impressing spectators with their skills when the whistles blew.
After two days of fantastic footwork from all teams, Yangrima School beat Shree Chilaune School in the girls’ finals, and Kathmandu University High School came first to Jyotidaya School in the boys’ finals. Fair Play Awards were also given to the girls team from Jyotidaya School and the boys team from Shree Chilaune School, who showed particularly good sportsmanship and fairness of play during the tournament.
When asked about the event, children commented:
“I’m happy and proud to be a part in this event as it helped me in building my confidence level through the competitive environment.” – child from Yangrima School
“I feel very proud of myself after winning the best player award. I have never felt so motivated before in my life.” – child from Shree Chilaune Secondary School
Childreach Nepal staff would like to thank volunteers for their hard work, Charity Expeditions and Dabur Nepal for sponsoring the event and Kutumba, the folk band who gave a fantastic performance after the event.
The football tournament took place as part of Childreach Nepal’s Sports Initiative, whose mission is to give children what they need to make healthy choices and feel hope for the future. Childreach Nepal will be working with Coaches Across Continents to educate teachers/volunteers and children on health, social issues, leadership, life and social skills by using football in 2014 project period. Playing sport is not only important for children’s health; it also teaches them teamwork and fairness, and allows them to achieve their right to play. Read more about the Sports Initiative.