The importance of sports has not been sufficiently appreciated by African governments for it to be integrated into their national development plans. There is no doubt that sports could play a critical role in attaining peace, development and stability. One of the areas to which sport can contribute is health.
Children have to be active every day. Physical activity stimulates growth and leads to improved physical and emotional health. Today, research shows that the importance of physical activity in children is stronger than ever. For example, medical researchers have observed that highly active children are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer of the colon, obesity, and coronary heart disease later in life.
Exercise is also known to relieve stress. Some children experience as much stress, depression, and anxiety as adults do. And because exercise improves health, a fit child is more likely to be well-rested and mentally sharp. Even moderate physical activity has been shown to improve a child’s skill at arithmetic, reading, and memorization.
Golf & Goal
Fafali Golf and Goal is community-based partnership by the Fafali Organization to attract and engage children in the Achimota Community (Abofu, Anumle, Christian Village, Kissehman, Kofevi, Akweiteyman, & College) to play the game of golf whiles taking education seriously.
The project is in the Achimota community for now due to the availability of the golf course
Ball and Brain
The Ball and Brain is a project of the Fafali Organization which uses football to attract children and the youth into taking education seriously while playing the game. The Ball and Brain Project is what we call our Honey-Method. This project comes from the saying, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” In this method, we use projects such as sports and entertainment to gain the interest of many children and parents.
Although athletes with disabilities have integrated into mainstream sport at a rapid rate across the world, Sub-Saharan Africa remains on the periphery of disability sport participation. Disability sport, like most modern regulated sports, has diffused from the Global North to the Global South, and continues to reproduce that process of diffusion though increasingly expensive sport prostheses, adapted equipment, and coaching techniques. The colonial underdevelopment of disability services and coexisting racial inequalities has led to the uneven diffusion of disability sport across the continent.
The D-Golf project is in partnership with the Golf Trust of UK to extend the game of golf to people with disability. It’s an extension of our Golf & Goal project to people with disability.