Dania: Passion for Football

by | May 8, 2022 | Gender equity, Social inclusion, Youth empowerment | 0 comments

I started playing football since 1st grade. I began playing on my own within the neighborhood streets. Years later, I entered Sports for Life football team and that was when I took the game of football seriously and had progressed in my game play.

I did face criticism since I am a girl, many people questioned me on why I play football and I have been told I will not have a career or future in playing football. I did not listen to these intended comments to discourage me because I recognize how football is my passion and how amazing I feel while playing it. My number one supporter has been my family, and throughout the 5 years of playing football with the Sports for Life team, my coach and teammates have consistently supported me.

I am aiming to be a well-known and reputable football player, and my role model has been my football coach Yumon Masri. I am so grateful for her in being my mentor and coach, and for the NGO Palestine Sports for Life for developing a football team and training sessions to develop female football players.

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).