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Girls football tournament and training session

All participating teams sitting on the ground, trainers and other adults standing behind them on the football field

The teams, trainers and organising team., © German Embassy

19.06.2019 - Article

6 girls football teams competed and around a dozen trainers received specialised training over the last weekend on the football field in Beddagana.

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.

Several players fighting over the ball close to the goal.
Action in the field© German Embassy

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

Several teachers on the field practicing new training techniques in the rain
Training session for the trainers© German Embassy

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.

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