Learn Today, Lead tomorrow headlines Books & Boots U-14 Girls gala

Over 150 girls representing six teams across six communities from the Ghanaian capital, Accra, took part in a one-day U-14 Girls football tournament at La Bawaleshie, a suburb of Accra.

The event, held on Sunday, 25 November 2018, is in line with CAF's recently launched educational campaign Learn today, Lead Tomorrow to raise awareness and support educational institutions in Africa through football. It is in line with the vision that CAF supported Books and Boots, a non-profit social integration / intervention project which combines education and recreation in communities.

It was a fun-packed day for the girls who took part in reading, playing football, music and dance, as well as socializing with their peers from other communities.

The participating teams: Gold Ladies, Ideal Ladies, Great Limo Academy, Accra Ladies Academy, Diamond Intellectual Stars and Bishop Girls FC were dispersed around the pitch with one volunteer/educator taking them though the reading session.

Each child took turns reading a paragraph or two out loudly to her friends - a tactic books and boots uses to encourage confidence in children. The session was coordinated by Rita Agyen Tarkyi of Active Mind Reading Club, with input from by CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, CAF Director of Technical Development Raul Chipenda, Navigator of Books and Boots, Yaw Ampofo Ankrah among others.

One of the highlights of the day was the presence of Ghana defender Gladys Amfobea, a member of the Black Queens squad and famous for scoring the opening goal at the ongoing Total Women's Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2018. There were also four female coaches as well as two female officiating referees.

It is always for children especially girls to take reading and education seriously. It is based on this that CAF launched the educational campaign to promote that cause. It was a great experience for the participants, who are from diverse backgrounds and CAF is happy to be a part of it, Baffoe said.

After the reading exercise, the six teams engaged a mini tournament that saw Bishop Girls defeating Ideal Ladies 1-0 in the final. Adama Alhassan of Bishop Girls finished top scorer with four goals.

CAF also distributed scholar kits (educational materials) to all the participants, and also donated match balls for the tournament.

Just before the commencement of the tournament, CAF as part of social responsibility supported a one-day Grassroots educational program on Thursday, 15 November 2018, organized by Books and Boots.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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