What We Do!
GFA HELPS CHIDREN AND YOUTHS TO DISCOVER AND HARNESS THEIR TALENTS. THIS WAY THEY CAN BECOME ANYTHING THEY WISH TO BE TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE WORLD.
“ IT’S IN THE DOING NOT IN THE SAYING LIES PERFECTION”, THE JOURNEY FOR US; BEGINS ON THE SPORTS FIELD AND CONTINUES RIGHT AFTER.
THE STEPS FORMULA
Sports Coaching & life-skills
- This first step is in two stages. Firstly, GFA trains and supports enthusiastic people to become inspired coaches. Because effective coaching is all about achieving goals just as in the same way positive game begins with a passionate coach. We drive home this principles; How to lead or manage a group/people. How to read and explain a game. How to ensure that everyone participates. Participants learn about the fun of the game, inclusivity, interaction and diversity. At the end of this training participant are equipped to begin working as a coach in their own community.
- Here comes the second stage which involves learning and teaching the rules of the game but not just limited at that but being able to successfully pass along these life lessons learnt to the youth through sport. Like earlier stated Sport lends itself perfectly to learning essential skills, such as communication, creativity, cooperation and self-confidence. Skills that give young people a fair chance to positively change their own lives and environment. In this next level training coaches learn how to integrate social themes into their lessons, both on and off the field.
- We believe that each and every youth can attain mastery of the game. In the game master’s program, the heart of GFA, we stimulate youth to take their developed talents and put them to use within their families and community. The game masters program is bedrock and the very core of our program. This is where it all happens. Never before has there been such a large generation of youth as there is now. Often these young people have no hope of making it in life, have little or nothing to offer in their society even when they wish and relatively have no idea or ways to go about that. GFA believes that they possess everything needed to make a positive change in the world. As long as the will to, is properly channelled.
In The Game Master’s program we see coaches become mentors. Having from the side-lines, tirelessly encourage the youth to strive to make the most of themselves. Similarly, youth develops into confident leaders. Thus; the skills scored on the sports field are employed to make a valuable contribution at home and in their communities at large. We see an empowered youth with a renewed zest for life who are driven to prosper and as a result take ownership of their lives and their destiny. Thus, making the world and the world around them better.
A game master produces noticeable results. Young people who had little to say independently organise a sporting event. Girls who worked as prostitutes help their peers regain their self-confidence. Street kids who had no idea of their own potential discover their talents and start their own business.
THE CHANGE THEORY
It is said that change is the only constant thing in life. This happens to also mean that to make that necessary change you seek, the change have to start from me. ‘‘you can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within’’. GFA understands the principle behind those saying as she taps into the potential of youths by connecting where it catches the most, on the playing field. In a safe, fun and enriching environment young people are encouraged to discover and master skills of their own.
There, young people are presented with opportunities to take up new roles and put their newly acquired skills in action. Then, togetherness and energy will emerge as one. We take this as a starting point from where the greatest-ever young generation will step forward, let their voice be heard and make sure they are involved in decisions that impact their future.
That is the kind of society where young people can engage; they will present themselves as resources ready to be developed, instead of problems to be solved.
GFA TRANSLATE TO; COMMITTED YOUNG PEOPLE, COACHES AND SISTER ORGANISATIONS WHO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE BRIGHT MINDS THAT TRANSLATE WORDS TO ACTION, LEAVING OUR COMMUNITIES AND SOCIETY AT LARGE BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND SAFE.
‘‘Unsafe places become safe. Street kids clean up litter. Girls play alongside the boys who once dominated the sports field. The entire neighbourhood comes out to watch the new local football tournament. Youth are the change they want to see in their communities.
Because I help youth discover for themselves what they are good at and what is important to them, they become Masters who continue to do what it is they believe in. Focussing on long term and personal training means that community sports coaches and – sport organisations continuously create new game changers. Our goal is a game without end.