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Premier League supports a Football for Health programme in Tanzania
Right To Play UK has recently been successful in securing a grant through the Premier League’s International Small Grants Fund, a fund which allows the Premier League to support charities like us who use sport as a tool for development around the world. 

Using football to raise understanding and awareness on HIV/AIDS and to promote healthy and safer practices amongst children, youth and communities, this Football for Health project focuses specifically on health education and will run until the end of December 2012.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and meeting the health needs of citizens remains an ongoing struggle. In particular HIV and AIDS have taken a terrible toll on the population with approximately 160,000 children (0 – 14) currently living with HIV and an estimated 1.3 million children and youth (0 – 17 years) orphaned as a result of AIDS (UNAIDS, 2009). 

Thanks to support from the Premier League, Right To Play will respond to the epidemic, working primarily with children, youth and communities in Dar-es-Salaam, Morogoro and Dodoma, where we have been running programmes since 2002.

Throughout March, core and refresher training in Right To Play’s Football for Development, Live Safe Play Safe and Red Ball Child Play manuals are being delivered to new and existing Coaches.  Working in partnership with the National Football Federation coaches and teachers will benefit from training and capacity building, enabling them to deliver regular activities that support the development of sport skills and life skills for 2,250 in-school children and youth.

In addition to an in-school intervention, this project will also see the delivery of large scale social mobilisation events and football tournaments, therefore enabling us to bring communities together, raise awareness and build knowledge on key health issues. These events will also allow us to address stigmas and discrimination which lead to the exclusion of children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS.

Delivered by project supervisors and assisted by Coaches, social mobilisation events will be held on World Malaria Day (April 25th) and World AIDS Day (December 1st).  A series of football tournaments will also be coordinated during the East Africa Cup, a regional initiative held in Moshi, Tanzania in the last week of June, which uses education, sport and cultural activities to promote peace through sport.

"We are delighted to have secured funds through the Premier League’s International Small Grants Fund. This is a very exciting project which addresses some very important issues in Tanzania; health education is a crucial aspect of our work and ensures that our programmes address the root causes of discriminatory behaviours and unhealthy practices among children, youth and communities." Nick Smith, National Director, Right To Play UK.    
 

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