Yes, we also firmly believe that boys need leaders that empower them both on and off the football field. Additionally, we believe that the norms and expectations that society puts on boys and men are one of the root causes for the structures that prevent girls and women from accessing equal rights and opportunities. This is why we view our work with empowering communities as one of the most important aspects of what we do.
Many of our coaches also coach boys' teams, where they use the same leadership and methods that they use with the girls. In these cases, the boys and girls train together as one team, but play in different leagues.
We have also developed a boys' football coaching course where coaches get both theoretical and practical knowledge in how to strengthen boys' self-esteem, develop their mental and physical health and prevent violence - both on and off the football field. If you work with boys' football and want to develop as a leader and learn new methods that you can use to empower boys, please contact [email protected]
However, all our core programs aim at strengthening girls' rights and opportunities. That is what Futebol dá força is all about. If we were to shift our focus - and resources - from girls to boys, we would become a part of the structure that we are striving to change. Therefore we work only with girls in our core programs, and happen to empower boys on the way. This does not, however, mean that we do not work with boys and men that want to get engaged with Futebol dá força - anyone that wants to become a part of our movement is welcome to join. We are stronger together, remember?!