FC Rosengård is a Swedish club based in Malmo. The club is having girls’ and boys’ teams in all ages, with more than 700 players from grassroot to elite. The women’s side is playing in the professional Swedish top league, and the males are in the semiprofessional 3rd division. The club is passionately working with several social development programs, with main focus on gender equality and integration. Today, the club stands on two equally strong pillars: one that focuses on football and one that focuses on social responsibility. Football for Life has been run by FC Rosengård since 2008 and works with football as a tool to strengthen young South African girls’ self-esteem, confidence and position in society.
– FC Rosengård has been running its operations with a great social commitment for a long period of time. Through several different programs in Sweden, and not least through Football for Life in South Africa, we can help create a more equal society. Giving young people equal opportunities to realize their dreams is very important to us, says FC Rosengård chairman Håkan Wifvesson.
Close collaboration with local structures
Football for Life have a close collaboration with local structures such as Department of Education, Department of Sports and Recreation and the South African Football Association (SAFA).
– Football for Life really makes a difference and creates opportunities and realizes the dreams of many female soccer players in South Africa. Football for Life is one of a kind, not only in South Africa, but throughout Africa, says Fran Hilton Smith, former Technical Director Women’s Football SAFA National.
Challenging gender roles
Through Football for Life’s program, more and more girls are given the opportunity to play football. This is important from many perspectives. Among other things, it sends clear signals that the role of girls in society is about to change. Through their entry on the football field, the traditional gender roles are challenged. Football is traditionally a male phenomenon in both South Africa and Sweden. Football for Life helps break these long-standing perceptions.
Holistic health perspective
Football for Life works broadly with a holistic health perspective, focusing on physical, mental and social health. The program provides much more than football knowledge, but it is football that becomes the vehichle of change. The program is constantly evolving and in the fall of 2015, Football for Life opened its very unique Women’s Football and Development Denter next to Masibonisane High School in UMkhanyakude. The center was financed by the Scandinavian construction company Veidekke, which has had a great commitment to Football for Life since 2010. In the Women’s Football and Development center, Football for Life today organizes training camps, leadership programs, workshops, etc. The center includes a study hall, changing rooms, dormitories, kitchens, offices, gym etc. Veidekke has contributed financially as well as with knowledge to the construction work.
FC Rosengård runs football for about 700 youth players of all ages, and elite football for both males and females. Our vision is to create an equal society that includes all areas and all people – a society where all children and families dare to believe in their dreams and have goals for the future. Both on and off the football pitch.
Today, the club stands on two equally strong pillars – one that focuses on football and one that focuses on social responsibility.
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