Trampoline Gymnastics coach Offering Tlaka (RSA): “As much as it’s such a competitive environment at the end, the friendships that are built, it’s more than just the sport. It’s just about development, growth, and love. We’re all in it because we have this passion to strive for greatness.” bit.ly/SportAndPeace
Coach Innocent Yaka (BEN) was in his sixth year of school at the College of Avrankou in the department of Ouémé, Benin, when he discovered Gymnastics and embarked on a lifelong love affair with the sport. “Gymnastics allowed me to learn and be a recognised trainer nationally, in Africa, and in the world,” bit.ly/SportAndPeace
Coach Darius Fields (BAR) shares his dream:“People would say they want the World Championships and Olympics. My ambition is less that and more to see more engagement in the sport in the country,” he said. “I love to see kids learn new skills. Every time they get a new skill, you get a moment of excitement and joy, and it’s the best thing.” bit.ly/SportAndPeace
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.
We have a development program in ice and inline hockey in iran for Youth players both men and womenWe are doing our best to develop peace and sports in Middle East Region with this development program specially Through youth girls and boys.
This is my story on how football proves nothing is impossible and that no obstacle stands in the way of dreams of fans in this game.
My football ambitions started when I began to participate in school football tournaments and played with my brothers at home. When my team became first place in the Schools Football League in 2018, it pushed me to participation in a football team in my city. This team was founded by Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L). When I first trained with the team, I was warmly-welcomed and received words of affirmation from my coach. From the first day my couch was impressed with my speed, and throughout the years my skills have only improved through my coach is keen eye in identifying which skills to develop on. Not only has my skills improved over the years but the game of football developed my personality and taught me about life. Through the motivation I gained from my PS4L team, COVID-19 did not hinder my ambitions, I took this opportunity to develop my skills in football.
I have to say, I faced some backlash since I was not conforming to societies expectations in girls not playing sports. But through these difficulties I proved myself through my capabilities when me and the team participated in the 11th Football League. I wanted to show my skills and I did, by scoring multiple goals and distinguishing myself on the field. After two years, I am proud to see where I have come in terms of my skills. I will work now and in the future to become a player in the Palestinian women’s national team and a player in one of the biggest football names in the women leagues.