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Using Football as a vehicle to help deliver vital messages of HIV/Aids Awareness and combat social exclusion drivers both in Africa and within the UK?

Developing our own football academy

To make a difference we are actively developing further our Football Academy which delivers vital messages about HIV through football, to children in the Kilimanjaro Region ran by our very own Mickey Weir (ex Hibernian Professional) and in connection with our friends from Africa on the Ball. Our future aims are to identify suitable boys and girls over the age of 16 and train them as coaches. Once the young people have been trained, help send them out to Africa. The Scottish/English/British young people then train African children living in orphanages to become coaches. Thus, demonstrating that JOYSAT projects (Joining of youths in Scotland, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Teesside and Tanzania) will be far more than a football academy: it will offer education to its members, teaching of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse to the consequences of unprotected sex. Moreover, we believe football and education should be for everyone and that football touches the hearts and soul. Football can for example make a significant different in people's lives. Working in this way, we not only offer a supporting hand to young people living in impoverished communities both here in the UK and Tanzania, but more importantly encourage them to be inspired by their own achievements, through the power of education and self belief by giving them skills and a purpose. Consequently, with the right kind of support these young people can make positive changes in their own lives: empowering them to turn their lives around, if they wish to do so. Mickey Weir, ex-professional (Hibernian FC) our football mentor will work closely with our coaches to support the young people involved both here in the UK and in Tanzania. Mickey has played premiership League football, for Hibernian FC in the Scottish Premiership League, Motherwell Football club, Luton and Millwall FC. According to Mickey "kids listen to people who have been through it," he points out "they want to hear from people like myself ex-sportsmen and women. This is an opportunity to get to these kids before they lose their chance (Mickey, Weir 2011).

Using Football to deliver vital messages of HIV/Aids Awareness

Using Football to deliver vital messages of HIV/Aids Awareness

Using Football to deliver vital messages of HIV/Aids Awareness

UK Co-Ordinator - Christina Wren - tel: (UK +44) 01506882165 - e-mail: info@kilimanjarofirstaidcommunityprogram.com

Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme is an international humanitarian organisation (non Profit making) community interest Company SC Reg No: 418956 a company limited by guarantee. Working jointly with a number of other charities and organisations such as; Mount Kilimanjaro School a non profit making organisation in Tanzania Registration no: 22993 and Newlands orphanage. Helping to support Broom House Young Carers a Reg Charity No: SC003706 a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No: 320027 which is a charity held very close to our hearts we will be supporting this year. This e-mail and any of its attachments is considered to be confidential. It is intended solely for the addresses or named people mentioned either on the e-mail address or within the contents of the e-mail. If you are not an intended recipient, any use, copy or diffusion, even partial of this message is prohibited. Please delete it and notify Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme immediately: christina@kilimanjarofirstaidcommunityprogram.com