In continuation with the leadership, youth empowerment and capacity building project we started in August 2009 through football, the second tournament witnessed even a greater turn out and participation. The games were played on September 26th, 2009 and the aim was again to pass across and implement the principles of the Earth Charter in the lives of the youth in Alagbole community, Lagos, Nigeria.
We still maintain the four team format but more side attractions where added to it; like souvenirs been given to the spectators and all the participatory players.
In our assessment of ‘August season I’ we discover that the players where too tired during the pep talk and seminar session so this time we decided to hold the Earth Charter seminar before the football match kicked off. To our surprise this really works and we witness high participatory level from the youth.
Further, the success of the programme can be associated with the unflinching support of our partners; MFM Alagbole Youth House (who allowed their youth to participate in the competition), Cadbury Nigeria Plc (they supplied the souvenirs and other gift items) and other individuals in the community.
Due to the great success of the football project MFM Alagbole Youth House have requested us to organize the next season on a regional level so that more youth could get involved.
So we have decided to host the Season III of the football project on a regional level on the 31st October, 2009. This time around the competition will include six teams.
In conclusion, it could be said that the football project is on the right track of building sustainable youth leaders and capacity. We look forward to making it even better with greater penetration amongst the youth of the community.
SHOPEJU, Zaid Abiodun
Earth Charter Youth Vision Alliance Network (YVAN)