Es Asi - Sports and Nutrition Program

Year: 2011
Country: Peru
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Education
Project Investment: $500.00

Project Launch:

In Sibayo, Peru, the primary and secondary soccer and volleyball teams lacked the equipment necessary to train properly. Traditionally, boys' soccer practice in Sibayo consisted of light conditioning, some simple dribbling drills, and a full-field scrimmage. For small boys between the ages of 7 and 13, a full-field scrimmage meant that the oldest and the biggest boys dominated the game while the smallest and youngest seldom touched the ball, much less, got near the goal. With a $500 grant from World Connect's Kids to Kids Program in 2011, the teams were able to improve the structure and organization of practices adding more dynamic drills and training exercises to enhance sports skills, improving nutrition and fitness, and encouraging leadership through peer-to-peer training. Workshops were first taught by coaches and facilitators and then continued by secondary school youth themselves. Through increased equipment and the commitment of coaches and players, "ES ASI" was able to promote the benefits of sports and fitness in a broad range of youth in the community of Sibayo. According to the Peace Corps Volunteer who worked on this project, the boosts of confidence that sometimes only sports provide were not only enjoyed by the early soccer stars who participated in this program, but by all team members. As one generation of players learns from those above them, facilitators and participants can sustain this project in the future.

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