The Freetown project team of Right To Play (RTP) will be launching its Community Coaches’ Association and School Clubs on Thursday March 13, 2007 at the Youth Centre, 33 Garrison Street, in Freetown.
The formation of the Community Coaches’ Association is geared towards addressing Right To Play’s principle of sustainability. Right To Play builds local capacity by training community volunteers as ‘Coach Leaders’ to run our programmes. These men and women become positive role models for children, train other community volunteers, and learn leadership and job skills that create the foundation for sustainable community development. To ensure sustainability of our work and the ongoing success, projects are run in partnership with community based organizations and are managed by Sierra Leoneans.
The School Clubs are also another strategy for our principle of sustainability. With these clubs, child peer leaders would be identified to take lead roles in organizing activities with regards to HIV prevention, and also working together with coaches in the implementation of Right To Play’s sport and play programmes.
The launching will be chaired by Mrs. Jacqueline Hope, the Chief Executive Director of Enhancing Women & Girls through Sport for Development (ENWAGS), while Right To Play’s Country Manager Dr Prince Cummings will give the keynote address.
Right To Play uses specially-designed sport and play programmes to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty and disease. Working in both the humanitarian and development contexts, Right To Play has projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.