Grassroots programme was introduced by the Federations of International Football Associations (FIFA) to help member associations in setting up their grassroots level development programmes, while also training local coaches-educators to their specifics of teaching grassroots football for boys and girls from the age of six to 12.
Today, Botswana Football Association, together with its regional association, hosted the Girls Specific Festival-Grassroots in Tsabong. The program was a one-day event aimed at girls aged 6 to 12 years. This initiative was attended by 90 schoolgirls and 18 trained coaches.
Previously, the festival was held at the Southern Regional Football Association, Phikwe Regional Football Association, and Francistown Regional Football Association respectively.
Speaking in an interview with one of the coaches pointed out that this program is essential and is “All for kids”, hence it was a great pleasure to see a girl child playing football throughout the event.
She further said with passion and high motivation will make a strong and wonderful foundation for these kids to lead Botswana’s football in the future.
The goal of these festivals is to promote women’s football by giving them the opportunity to play, have fun and acquire life skills through football.
The festivals are also a means to develop girls-specific grassroots centers that will cater to youth teams at the regional level and increase the mass production of girls in football.