Growing Opportunity across Liberia through Sports (GOAL-sports) has taken over the functions of Football for Developing Destitute (FODEDE).
The deal was struck over the weekend at the headquarters of the association in Gardnersville. FODEDE was established 2007 to operate female soccer in Liberia and create opportunities for women footballers. Over six girls through the local organization in partnership with their international partners traveled out of Liberia to ply their professional football trade. Many of those girls have since retired from the game, and have decided to pursue education in Canada, Australia and the United States of America. GOAL-sports coming into the picture, means all female related sports will be included in Liberia as to empower female athletes in the country. Another sport that is vital in the program is Netball. The International Netball Federation (INF) last year certificated Liberia as one of its members. The INF revealed that the International Netball Federation (INF) is eager to work with proactive partner like Liberia, with high anxiety to render support to the local body and help it grow and develop the game in a way that allows the maximum number of people to become involved in Netball. The Chief Executive Officer of GOAL-sports Wallace Weiah said taking over from FODEDE is welcoming news for female athletes because it will not only be limited to football. Weiah who is also the President of the Liberia National Netball Association, said that the game of netball create more opportunity for girls both internationally and locally. According to him, the association in collaboration with international partners will provide leaning opportunities (scholarship) for players and officials to build their capacity educationally. “Netball is basically to provide opportunities for girls in sports, to empower them that after retirement, they can still have benefits. He disclosed that a team of international trainers from the International Netball Federation (INF) is expected to arrive in the country May 22, 2016 to conduct a weeklong training for coaches, players, officials and Safari (project) in Liberia. The delegate will be led by the regional coordinator (INF Secretary General), Joan Smith along with two tutors.