Close to 200 girls turned up at the National Sports Institute oval in Goroka to take part in the FIFA Live Your Goals legacy program and meet Susa, the U-20 Women’s World Cup official mascot.
The girls that came to participate were aged between 4 years to 18 years old and were from 2 primary schools in Goroka, including children of players from the 7 clubs that participate in the Goroka Soccer Association competition.
Goroka Grammar School principal and school soccer president, Paddy Kelly launched the program in front of the girls and their parent.
Kelly said the Live Your Goals is a great program because it has the ability to increase participation of girls in sports. There’s also been lots of studies that shows the benefits of sports, health benefits, educational benefits and social benefits.
He said a great way to develop interest in football would be to have them in school using the school system that is already in place.
The PNG U-20 Women’s team was also there to help the organisers teach the young girls basic football techniques.
PNG U-20 Women’s team manager, Cathy Agunam said the U-20 Women’s team have been training for the past 10 months in Goroka and most of their trainings have been restricted to the public and having the girls be part of the Live Your Goals program will encourage the young girls to aspire to pursue a career in football.
The day was filled with a lot of fun activities which the PNG U-20 Women’s players were happy to be part of. Even the U-20 Women’s team coach, Lisa Cole had fun with the kids.
The next roll out of the Live Your Goals Program will be in Kimbe next week.