As part of the Women football development pilot project; the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in conjunction with the World Football Governing body-FIFA flagged off a five-day Leadership and Governance workshop at the Sirikwa hotel in Eldoret on Saturday 9 February.
The sole aim of the training is to increase participation of women in football and so capacity building of women in leadership positions is a core component FKF has deemed fit to invest in. Speaking at the official opening of the training, the FKF Deputy President Doris Petra urged the participants to be role models and build one another so as to effectively contribute in strengthening the structures.
“I want us to seize these opportunities and use this chance to change how football is managed in this country. I hope from here we will strive to build each other and not pull each other down. We have been given a safe space to work and so let’s use it to uplift the girlchild. There are so many cultural barriers that still act as barriers in women football, so let us do our best to increase women participation in our respective branches,” she said.
Petra also explained that the training is aimed at empowering girls and young women to make informed choices, besides playing football.
“Kenya is the only country in Africa that was picked by FIFA for the pilot project and we started these courses by training coaches. Our objective is not only to play football but also reach out to young girls, change their lives and use football to eradicate the bad vices,” Petra added.
About 120 participants, among them coaches and referees have been previously trained through the same project. The training has attracted women football representatives from different parts of the country.