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Life Skills

The Life Skills Curriculum uses football as the language of instruction. Our programme executes this curriculum with the aid of our very own "On the Ball" Life Skills manual. On the Ball consists of eight sections that utilises football drills and games to impart life skills and knowledge relevant to HIV prevention.

The themes covered in On the Ball are the following:

  • Attacking the Ball: Teaching the importance of setting goals through the football drill of shooting
  • Finding Your Position: Teaching the importance of self-definition through the football drill of positional play
  • Knowing Your Opponent: Teaching the importance of anticipating obstacles in one's life through the football drill of dribbling
  • Protecting Yourself: Teaching the importance of HIV and AIDS protection through the football drill of defending
  • Controlling the Game: Teaching the importance of controlling sexual behaviour through the football drill of ball control
  • Turning From Danger: Teaching the importance of avoiding dangerous situations in life through the football drill of turning
  • Picking Your Team: Teaching the importance of trusting your teammates through the football drill of team play
  • Choosing Your Tactics: Teaching the importance of career and life planning through the football drill of tactical play
In addition to On the Ball, our Life Skills trainers actively engage the children, drawing analogies between football and life and thereby illustrating valuable life lessons in a fun and interactive way. Children come away from the course empowered with the knowledge, self-efficacy and skills they need to practice healthy behaviour.

Life Skills Learning Outcomes

As a result of our Life Skills Football Training curriculum, the participating youth will develop the following:

Health Education

Life Skills 1
  • Gain self-efficacy - the perception of having control over one's own mind, body and health
  • Have accurate knowledge about HIV and AIDS and the ability to refute myths and general misconceptions
  • Understand the social issues surrounding sex
  • Understand the importance of HIV testing and know where they can access free voluntary counselling and testing (VCT)
  • Learn sexual health life skills such as:
    • How to put on and use a condom
    • How to negotiate condom use with a partner
    • How to abstain from sex until marriage

Personal Development

Life Skills 2
  • Discover that learning can be fun, interactive and engaging
  • Learn lessons in a memorable way that they will be reminded of every time they play football
  • Become goal-oriented and long-term thinkers
  • Be motivated and hopeful for their future
  • Learn many other practical life skills including:
    • How to deal with peer pressure
    • How to recognize and avoid dangerous situations
    • How to build self-confidence to take an HIV test with a new partner
    • How to work in a team
  • Gain sense of accomplishment for completing the Life Skills curriculum and being awarded with a medal and a certificate

Social Development

Life Skills 3
  • Become advocates of gender equality and opponents of gender stereotypes
  • No longer see football as a 'boys sport,' but as a sport that both boys and girls can excel at and gain opportunities from
  • Become advocates against HIV/AIDS stigma, improving the social lives and self-esteem of HIV-positive kids
  • Appreciate the importance of law and order and following rules

Physical Development

  • Appreciate the benefits of an active lifestyle and constructive use of leisure time (thereby discouraging destructive use of leisure time)
  • Have the opportunity to engage in sport with all the benefits that come from sports - not only physical, but also mental and interpersonal
  • Know the basics of nutrition