Alaa Taneeb: Proud Female Football Player

by | Apr 7, 2021 | Gender equity, Intercultural and interreligious understanding, Social inclusion, Youth empowerment | 0 comments

I grew up with four brothers who introduced me to the beauty of football. My love for football started from my childhood, at the age of 6. I did not know my love for football would lead me to pursue a career in football since society portrays football as a male sport. At the age of 13, it was my first time seeing a stadium, where my team and I playing a match and won first place. The stadium, the freedom, and the competitive game all made me realize that I need to always have football by my side. I applied to be a part of the Sports for Life team (founded by the NGO Palestine: Sports for Life), and I can say wholeheartedly that it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The organization and team allowed my love and passion for football to flourish.
At times, I felt held back by people’s words, their criticism, and bias expectations. I started getting caught up in what people thought of me and their beliefs. But I knew I had to change my thought pattern because this was going to destroy my light. I worked on my skills in football and focused on the positive outcomes that happened to me all because of football and my wonderful team. I chose to put my happiness first by choosing to pursue football and now looking back at it, I can say with full certainty that it was worth it.
The feelings I have while playing football makes me certain that it will be impossible for me to stop playing football.

Even if I have to go against the whole world I will still play football.

I am proud to be a female football player.

Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is a leading Palestinian non-profit Sport for Development organization based in Ramallah founded in 2010 PS4L responds to developmental needs in the marginalized Palestinian communities through sport and life skills and empowers youth and women by operating in a global context and aligning it’s developmental activities and programs with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).