16 Mar 2016
EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN TO BECOME LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
The GOAL Programme enhances existing community programmes, contributes to the Government of India’s aims to empower young women and complements its efforts to promote sport and netball in particular.
||Los Angeles (USA)
|Organisation||Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games
||2006 – ongoing
|Target group age
||9 – 15 years old
||25,000 children per year
||Los-Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Samsung Electronics North America
||A study found a “41 % increase” in students scoring in the “healthy fitness zone” of the Fitnessgram test.
GOAL uses the sport of netball and life skills education to transform the lives of young under-privileged girls in India, both on and off the court. The young girls who participate in GOAL gain a better chance in life. GOAL changes their opinions of themselves and their role in the world. The programme was launched in Delhi in 2006 and was expanded to Mumbai in 2008 and Chennai in 2009, and is made up of several key components.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
Adapted to target group
Netball remains the perfect sport partner for a women’s empowerment programme, as globally it is recognised as a women’s sport which has huge appeal; is fun, easy to learn and relatively cheap to play but very rewarding in terms of learning teamwork and building self-esteem and confidence. The netball aspect of the programme provides a safe, fun, comfortable and open environment which encourages interaction and social development.
Both of the partners are focused on sexuality issues and committed to women’s empowerment, joining GOAL’s objectives.
SPORT FOR ALL OBJECTIVES
Improve public health and well-being
The programme uses netball as a tool for individual development and social inclusion. By doing this it not only achieves its positive goals for the participants and society, but also promotes participation in sport. Participants come to play netball, but also complete classroom based teaching – basic skills designed to help them to realise their true potential. To graduate, the girls must complete four modules – promotion of self-confidence, communication skills, health and hygiene and financial literacy.
Provide equal access to sport
Girls and young women between the ages of 14 and 19 from low income families from urban slums are the main target group of the programme. GOAL uses netball as a tool for positive individual development and social inclusion. The International Netball Federation provides netball guidance and expertise, training and coaches and facilitating opportunities for future development of skilled netball players.
HOW IS THE PROGRAMME COMMUNICATED?
The programme is communicated through different channels mainly including official websites, YouTube and local and international press.
HOW IS THE PROGRAMME EVALUATED?
An evaluation was carried out by an English university – “Substance and Development through youth sport: the GOAL project for young women in Delhi.”