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|Soccer School Success!|
|Written by Keith Smith|
|Friday, 25 September 2009 07:19|
100 kids aged 9-18 came together from Gorom-Gorom and Markoye for a week of fun and football at the 2009 soccer school.
It was the vision of pastor Adama from Markoye, and he was supported in it by Ian Sutton and his team of 14 from churches in Cardiff and Nottingham, as well as Christians from local churches in Gorom-Gorom, and translators who travelled up from Ouagadougou. The local representative for the Ministry of Sport also got involved throughout the week.
Other children gathered too from nearby families to come and watch, and were drawn in with games and drawing and colouring.
The team from the UK did really well, adapting well to the conditions, and staying mostly very healthy - although there were a few runny tummies in the last couple of days. They built good relationships with the children and the local Chrisitans, in spite of having almost no language in common. It is amazing how much you can communicate with a smile, a hug, and a football!
The week ended with a match between the Soccer School trainers and the Gorom-Gorom football team. Unfortunately, while Gorom-Gorom were winning 1-0, the match had to be abandoned due to rain. The event was followed by a party at the mayor's place with drinks and grilled goat meat.