KAMPALA-Majidah Nantanda and you have the attention of women and girls in sport especially football. She’s played and coached at the highest of levels in a sport dominated by males but never felt out of place because she has always believed “football is for all,”
That’s the kind of attitude Nantanda wants girls and women to front, not only with football but every other sport. Through Growing the Game for Girls (G3), an initiative she co-founded with American Lisa Berg, Nantanda in conjunction with the Embassy of the United States continues efforts to empower women and girls through grassroots education and sport since 2010.
“We need more girls and women participating in sports. They need to enjoy the same opportunities as men even when it comes to leadership roles,” said Nantanda while addressing media at the Uganda Olympic Committee offices in Lugogo.
G3 which also covers Kenya will run community inclusive football festivals for able bodies and disabled girls, sport career capacity building workshops on top of partakers travelling to a leadership experience in Kenya with both Ugandan and Kenyan female footballers. Berg who is in the country is going all out on a project that could kick start a new girl child generation. “We are happy that people have come out to collaborate and change the next generation of the girl child for this growing the game for girls’ initiative,” she said.