Grassroots football campaign kicks off


The FIFA-backed football grassroots promotion project campaign that targets 20 primary schools in Dar es Salaam rolls out on Sunday with expectations to expand it to other regions of the country later.

The project, which was launched in the country last December, saw more than 300 primary school pupils from Dar es Salaam aged between 6-12 years were trained on basics of football. A total of 30 primary school teachers were also trained as grassroots football coaches.

Speaking during an interview yesterday at the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) offices, visiting FIFA technical development officer Govinden Thowdoo said the project is aimed at giving kids the desire to play football at a tender age.

According to him, FIFA philosophy on the project is to develop football to greater heights in the world, produce world-class players and also to offer football playing opportunities to all youths without segregating them.

“This is the only project which can help the country to have good future players. All the countries that have develop in football started from grassroots and through academies. The fact is that you must have good players to put them in academies for further football development,” he said.

He said the project is being implemented in phases; the first was launched in December last year and the participating kids were trained on basics of speed and other football related aspects.

The second phase started on Tuesday and winds up on Sunday and kids were trained on basics, technical and physical skills.

Thowdoo said the TFF officials and him   will write a proposal to FIFA tomorrow so that the program is to expand to other parts of the country.

He said young players spend four years attending grassroots football training but due to other challenges, FIFA will   not take the project long in the country. It will be up to TFF to continue where FIFA has ended.

The official, who is also FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF) instructor, thanked TFF for showing its commitment to continue with the project.

He said he is happy that the federation has employed two coaches who are responsible for grassroots football development and also for organising course for grassroots coaches.

“We are happy that TFF has special coaches for grassroots football and FIFA is ready to support them with money, equipment and education so that they can proceed with the project,” he said.

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