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Designed to make football more accessible to youngsters FIFA Football for Schools (F4S) seeks to make football more accessible to both boys and girls around the world by incorporating football activities into the education system.

F4S is an ambitious program run by FIFA, in collaboration with UNESCO, which aims to contribute to the education, development and empowerment of around 700 million children. The program has been designed to promote targeted life skills and competencies through football and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other priorities.

The life-skill components of the programme have been organized under the following headings:

  • Personal Understanding (Intra-personal & cognitive skills) including self-confidence, self-respect, self-awareness, self-control, self-reliance, cognitive thinking, decision making, and growth mindset.
  • Relationships (Interpersonal Skills) including assertiveness, empathy, communication, and relationship skills.
  • Wider World (Active Citizen Skills) including self-actualization, optimism, adaptability, leadership skills and development awareness.
  • Health & Safety (Healthy Lifestyle Skills) including physical activity, mindfulness, healthy decision making, nutritional choices, good hygiene, and personal safety.

The Dominica Football Association (DFA) is proud to announce its commitment in adopting the F4S program with the hopes of starting in the upcoming school term. As with any program of such caliber there are many requirements to bet met, however, the DFA is making headway on achieving those requirements. In fact, there has already been cordial talks with the government which seems very positive for the implementation of F4S.

The F4S program will provide the DFA with:

a) a free digital application (Football for Schools), accessible via Google Play and the Apple App Store;

b) an online learning platform with relevant content for program stakeholders;

c) the provision of equipment (including adidas footballs) that will be distributed to schools

d) a one-off USD 50,000 payment to run the programme.

Stay tuned for more about the F4S program.

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