Lahi Soccer Association and Lae Football Association are co-hosting the programme at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, with over 200 young girls from schools within Lae City participated.
Present to witnes the festival was Papua New Guinea Football Association operations manager Edris Kumbruwah, PNG Sports Foundation deputy chairman Nellie McLay, Lahi Soccer Association president Geob Gariki and Patron of Bara Football Club, Desi Ross.
Also present to show support to the programme were Lae based PNG women’s national players. The women spend some time taking to the young girls and encourage them to empower more young girls to participate in the world game.
The programme involves coaches teaching the girls different football skills and techniques.
The programme is part of FIFA’s legacy for staging the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea and targets young girls from the age of six to 24.
It is aimed at promoting and empowering girls and women to participate in football.
According to PNG Football Association operations manager Edris Kumbruwah in his opening remarks said young girls who are now taking part in these program are the future of the generations to come in women’s football.
He challenged Lae Football Association and Lahi Soccer Association to involve young kids as 6 years old in their competition if they want to capture the world.
“The ultimate goal of these legacy programme is to use football as a platform to push for gender equality in a male-dominated culture,” he said.
Lahi Soccer Association president Geob Gariki said the ‘Live Your Goals’ campaign was the way to go to encourage more young women into football as well as change the mindset of parents and men, who considered soccer a man’s game.
The ‘Live Your Goals’ legacy campaign was first launched at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany in 2011 and since then it has evolved into one of Fifa’s most recognised initiative in women’s football.
After Lae the program will then roll out to Goroka in Eastern Highland Province on the 24 of September 2016.