Education is one of the fundamental values of any society. Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. The same equally applies to the football industry in Africa and beyond. The FFA will focus on delivering quality education targeted at young people with a passion and gift for the sport to enhance their employability and entrepreneurial skills.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Participation in sports is key to the social and economic development of a society through the improvement of both physical and mental health of the people involved. According to SDG goal 9, “It has long been recognised that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.”
The same applies to football. To improve participation in sports good quality facilities are required, the FFA will seek to partner with various stakeholders (local, national and international) to develop Smart, Safe and Sustainable (Triple S) football facilities at the grassroots level.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
By building a robust football industry across the continent from the grassroots up, the FFA aims to reduce the number of youths not in employment, education or training. The FFA is keen on developing players who can be valuable assets beyond their capacity on the pitch, by improving their employability and hence potential to engage in decent work.
We aim to ensure football in Africa contributes to growth of the economy. By promoting the sport as part of the creative economy the FFA aims to drive private investment into the industry, generating jobs, revenue, and and improving the quality of life.
Good Health and Well-being
Football is also a great way of engaging with young people on a regular basis – something that traditional health programmes, clinics and hospitals cannot achieve. The FFA in partnership with health organisations aims to use football as platform to provide health education.
Further the FFA will look into developing or promoting talents in the medical field that focus on football enhancing the health of players and others involved.