On the weekend of the 15th and 16th of June the Girls football tournament, which was organized by the German Embassy in close cooperation with “TAFA” (Thaabit Ahmed Football Academy), took place in Beddagana, Sri Lanka on the football ground provided by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka. 6 football teams of girl players aged 12 to 16 years were present for a friendly competition. The teams reach Beddagana from different parts of the country: Kurunegala, Gampaha, Galle and Colombo. Besides the actual tournament, the football teams were invited to visit the Planetarium, the National Museum and other teams received a career focused tour of the Hilton Colombo Residence Hotel. At the end of the tournament the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Jörn Rohde, handed over the trophies to the participating teams while Mrs Claudia Tietze, Head of the Culture Section and main organizer of the event handed over training equipment to the coaches of every team.
The tournament focused, besides the actual football matches, on empowering and inspiring girls in Sri Lanka to believe in themselves and to pursue their dreams in a professional career in sports and beyond. Moreover, the tournament had the objective to promote friendship and understanding between persons from different regions and religions in the country and act as a positive example of nationwide cooperation in a friendly competition in such uncertain and turbulent times.
The event was organised in an eco-friendly way: the girls received reusable water bottles for a refill at the water dispensers and organic local food was served on leafs. Financially supported was the event by the German Egidius Braun Football Foundation and the local sponsors Hilton Colombo Residence and Certis Lanka Group in providing security services.
The tournament ended with the following results:
1st place – Kurunegala Maliyadeva Under 16
2nd place – TAFA Colombo
3rd place – Kurunegala Maliyadeva Under 14
On 16th of June, several coaches of the teams that participated in the football tournament and few other selected sports trainers underwent a special training session
from a professional female German football trainer. Despite the light rainfall, it did not dampen the enthusiasm and the spirits of the trainers to engage in the training on the ground which was a separate session conducted after the theory session. At the end of the day, the coaches received a certificate after successfully completing the train-the-trainer session.