Sports for Development

The best thing about Sports for Development is by means of engagement in something positive – the love of sports – you develop your personal life skills, that you can use on and off the field. Examples of these life skills are: I set boundaries, I feel strong, I ask questions, I say ‘no’, I ask for support and I give support, I solve problems and conflicts and I think before I act.

As a freelancer, I teach life skills through games and team sports. Besides, I’ve developed handbooks and training on Gender Equality through Sports. The power of sports is that it isn’t about theoretical learning but learning by feeling and by doing.

Heba: “Women are more often ‘Water’ than ‘Rock’, but I learned that sometimes ‘Water’ is more powerful.” Rashid: “I don’t need to fight every issue that I disagree with. It takes so much energy! I learned that I can decide to turn my back and walk away,”  Participants of the Gender Equality through Sports programme in Egypt.


Year Employer / client Summary
2019 FARE What? Co-developing lessons on Football & Social inclusion, in the European project: Football makes History.
2019 Stem in de Stad What? Assistent swimming coach to new-Dutch women.
2018/19 EduSport What? Supporting Go Girls! – an empowerment through sports programme for girls in Zambia.
2018/19 Football for Water What? Text writing for Football for Water (partners incl. Aqua for all, Unicef, KNVB and Akvo).
2018 HIRDA What? Co-developing a Sports for Peace programme in Somalia.
2018 La League What? Overall coordination of La League: girls’ empowerment through soccer – with a specific focus on girls’ talent building and employment. I was leading the partnership (Plan in the Netherlands, Brazil and Nicaragua together with Women Win and Cruyff Foundation) as well as the team. Besides, I’ve developed the methodology (the coach’s handbook) as well as concrete activities and a plan for measuring impact during the pilot. 
Result: First reactions from office staff about the handbook was: “I get enthusiastic to do the activities myself!” And the facilitators using the manuals told me: “It’s is written in a very clear way” and “Girls are much more motivated than before, they are more engaged and eager to learn.”
2015 – 2016 ISA  What? Trained community coaches on Gender Equality through sports.
Result: Two one-week Sport & SRHR trainings of 2 x 35 community sports coaches in Mali. Two one-week trainings of 25 community coaches on Sports, Gender and gender based violence (GBV) in Egypt. More see blog.
2016 ISA  What? Co-developed ISA’s Gender Equality through Sports programme with integrated life skills in games and sports.
Result: Facilitator’s Handbook & Coaches’ Handbook
2016 Maumu Youth and Sport What? Advised on mobilising financial resources for a small sport project in Cameroon.
2015 ISA / Rutgers What? Co-developed a Theory of Change on a training programme on Sports & SRHR.
Result: Acquisition with several funds.
2012/13 Kutamba Dance What? Co-initiated the Dance Leadership Skills Training Kutamba dance is a Dance Leadership Skills Training. The training is based on a proven successful Sport Leadership Skills Training and adjusted with input from dance school ‘Totally Dance’, Beverwijk.
Result: Successful pilot in Zimbabwe. Follow-up awaiting for input from dance group in Zimbabwe.
2012/13 Haarlem-Mutare City Link What?  Supported and advised Mutare Haarlem Sportleaders (MHS) — a sports NGO and sports coaches training institute by and for young people in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The support consisted of capacity-building, fundraising and networking. Challenge: Fewer funds for Zimbabwe and support MHS towards its independence.
Solution: As the coordinator of sports programmes in Haarlem I was responsible for several projects simultaneously and I showed my talents: a result-oriented policy approach, and an ability to implement innovative activities. In the 4 years I have been working at the City Link I have planned, implemented and monitored several sports events, sports projects and sports exchanges programmes. Themes we focused on were: gender equality; hiv/aids prevention, and inclusion of disabled people. Results: During the time I was coordinator, MHS gradually gained more independence and a more diverse income. The sports programme of the City Link gained publicity and a broader network with (inter)national sports organisations and schools in Haarlem and with many Sports & Development organisations (among which ISA, WomenWin and RighttoPlay).
Impact: MHS’ sport leaders have grown as sports players, have learnt life skills and a healthy life style, but also developed themselves as leaders. They are leaders as coaches at the sport pitch, but also in their personal lives: most of the sports leaders I still interact with on Facebook do have a job, have set up a business or taken up a formal study, which is an incredible result in a country with a formal unemployment rate of over 95%!
2012/13 NCDO What? Co-developed the Clublinking project — a national project linking sports clubs in developing countries to Dutch sports clubs for the purpose of exchange of expertise — with the feedback from Sport & Development organisations having experience in Clublinking. Challenge: Taking existing Clublinking initiatives to a higher level and scaling-up. Solution: Fine-tuning with NCDO, editing of a manual for sports clubs, getting sports clubs enthusiastic to join, advising sports clubs, doing presentations at sports clubs and University College Amsterdam, and drawing up a plan of action for the ‘Clublink-mentors’ who could coach and advise sports clubs in consultation with these mentors themselves. Impact:  NCDO ended the project after 1.5 year because of lack of funds.
2008-2010 Haarlem-Mutare City Link What? Coordinated and conducted Back-to-Basic classes at primary schools: sports plays with only few or even without materials to make school children acquainted with African life and development issues in a playful way.
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