In order to make this innovation successful the female players association started to organize themselves and look for partnership and support. The detailed steps are explained in question 12, the identified obstacle are described in question 13.
The expected results of these actions are to provide a structure and some organization to Burkinabe female football. The main result will be the organization of the tournament of the 6 nations, with the Burkina national team participating. That must attract the media attention on female football (like it used to have). Thus in same time, the results are expected at the local level, to support the participation of the young girls in football, in structures adapted which encourage them and educate them on the important aspects such as the nutrition and health. Football must allow the girls wishing to practise this sport to reach balance in their personnel life and education. Practising football should not be anymore a permanent fight with federation and society.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
*Development of partnerships with the football federation, and different international organizations willing to support our initiative.
*Support the federation and clubs in the organization of the championship.
*Creation of a women national team.
*Contact with similar initiatives in other countries (from West Africa) so they also have a national team ready to participate in the 5 nations tournament the following year
First year, we target around 100 girls: they are already practising football. We want to make sure competitions are organised and that they know about our actions. We would like most of them to be involved in the action of the following years, particularly in supervising new girls in football.
*Previous action continue
*Organization of the 5 nations tournament
*media should talk about female football
*Trainers formation (trainers will be mainly women) to support female teams and to allow the structuring of teams and the follow-up of the players (serious training on health , nutrition issues, as well as general education)
Second year, the project become international, impacting directly more than 200 female players and impacted indirectly many players from other countries. A reasonable target of girls indirectly impacted could be 1000 players.
*Previous action continue
*Development of district tournaments to encourage girls to join and play football, as well as access education given by football. At the same time of football tournaments, awareness campaign on different issue for girls (health nutrition) can be done, depending on the organisations supporting our actions.
Third year, female football become popular in Burkina and can impact directly more than 1000 players in the country. It will also impact indirectly their families and friends, by passing on the knowledge on nutrition and health and moral values gained. Therefore more than 50 000 people are indirectly impacted.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Several things can prevent the project from being successful. Particularly if the federation is not supportive to the project. That can be avoided by developing partnerships with international associations, which thus make the project more credible to the eyes of the federation. If the support of international associations are difficult to find this project then is also threatened.
A danger is that a passion for the football is developped among girls, but that the structures are not able to accomodate them and support them correctly. So the situation would not evolve and stay as it is now. That is taken into account by including the training of the trainers and developping structures.
Lastly, the lack of financial means is what prevents the project from advancing. We think that can be compensated by a better management of the money that the federation receives from FIFA for the development of the female football (which is for the moment manage in a completely not-transparent way). If the project is running correctly, the various partnerships will make it possible for the project to be autonomous financially.