Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The 'Mighty Girls'...

...of SALT (Sports and Leadership Training) Academy.

Yesterday I learnt of the 'Mighty Girls' program in Cambodia, which empowers and supports young women in education and training. Young women in Cambodia are often subject to human trafficking, abused and forced into early marriage. Women's football is very rare in this country and in the case of these girls, it's a great opportunity for them, not only on the pitch.

SALT Academy develops young leaders through a sustainable community-based football league, incorporating life skills lessons, vocational training, and community engagement.

Unfortunately, for a lot of uneducated girls in Cambodia, they are at risk and don't get the support they need in life. Through donations, sponsorship and volunteers, SALT Academy is gradually changing the lives of many young people in the country. 'Mighty Girls' are proof that this can be achieved, with some players being selected for national youth teams and others developing into part-time football coaches for junior sides. I urge anyone to read some of the player profiles and see what impressive work is going on in Cambodia, all thanks to the powerful effect football has on a global level into changing lives.

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