Category Archives: Dharavi Girls Football Academy

Footballer Gracie’s End Of Season Speech

As the monsoon reaches Mumbai, our sports programs end for another season, but not before our ‘End of Season Awards Ceremony’. Attended by both the Dharavi Girls Football Academy and Dharavi Cricket Academy, this event celebrated the outstanding achievements of individuals recognised through Player of the Season awards and celebrated the hard work, collaborations and partnerships which have helped take these programs forward.

A highlight of the evening was keen footballer, Gracie’s, incredible speech, which ended the event. Here it is in it’s entirety. Continue reading Footballer Gracie’s End Of Season Speech

[Interview] “Football has made me strong and confident”

Recently Goal Click asked us to help them identify a girl in Dharavi to take an analog camera with 27 shots on it and capture insights into their experience of football in Dharavi as part of their world wide mission to’provide a person in every country with one analogue camera and one roll of film to take photos that symbolise football in their country.’

To determine which of the girl’s would be charged with this challenge we asked them to write an essay entitled ‘Why should I be the Goal Click representative’. In this blog article, we capture a little more information about our winner, Blessy, and find out what football means to her…

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Welcome Peter, Our New Director Of Sports Programs

My name is Peter Woolcock and I have just joined Reality Gives as Director of Sports Programs. I am originally from Exeter in the UK and I moved to Mumbai last January from London. In the last months I have been volunteering with the “Goal Program”, a women’s empowerment program that uses sport (particularly Netball) for development. I also coach swimming part-time at the American School of Bombay.

Before moving to Mumbai, I was working in London on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I have also worked as a PE teacher in China and spent time on Sport Development projects in Namibia.

I am sport fanatic (especially water polo and football) and I am really looking forward to working with the Reality Gives and Yuwa Girls football Program and Project Front Foot Cricket Academy. I have been passionate about sport for development since pursuing my degree in the same subject at university in Liverpool. I really believe in children having the right to play, having fun, and expressing themselves as well as sport’s ability to teach leadership and responsibility.

“I can’t wait to further develop a sporting culture in the communities we work in at Reality Gives. Sport is a great means of escapism and it provides an opportunity to learn new skills, be healthy, and have fun. This is what I want to achieve and any sporty people out there who would like to get involved please contact us!

Recent Developments Our Yuwa Girls Football Academy

After a long break from December to March the Yuwa Girls Football Program finally started again with full power. The two new coaches Kalawak (17) and Anita (18), both village girls from the Yuwa program in Jharkhand have started to give daily training sessions on March, 19th.

At the beginning just ten of the initial 20 players strong team returned to the training. But the reason wasn’t lack of motivation or problems at home. It was much simpler and positive: they were in the middle of the annual exams and studied hard!

Now around 30 girls attend regularly the training which takes place at the Mahim public play ground from 6 to 8pm during the week and at 6am on Sundays.

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Rose And The Football Girls

Rose has been volunteering with Reality Gives for around two months to research for a project about empowerment through sports. This is her story, telling also the current happenings in the Dharavi Girls Football Program:

When the Dharavi girls’ football team took to the field for their daily practice earlier this week, two of the players hauled a giant bag in between them. The other girls sprinted ahead to the designated practice area, some bouncing up and down with excitement once they reached their destination. I met them there, curious about the reason for the extra enthusiasm today.

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