Empowering Girls through Sport

By using netball to improve girls’ self-confidence and life chances

Reaching Our Goals is a sister-project to our TEAM Girl Malawi project. It will provide additional social and emotional support to 15-19 year olds who are most at risk of dropping out of our community education classes due to marriage or pregnancy.

Key facts

316
girls and 40 boys will be reached
£200,000
will be invested over two years
66%
of project girls have lost one or both parents
12%
of project girls are married, and 14% are pregnant or breastfeeding

How we are making a difference

Our TEAM Girl Malawi project is working with some of the most marginalised girls and boys who have either never received an education, or who dropped out of school without learning basic reading, writing and counting. Vulnerable girls are at increased risk of sexual exploitation and early marriage is common, whilst menstruation provides additional barriers to girls, and disabled children face bullying and a lack of community support to pursue their education.

Link wants to give these children the confidence and ability to make informed decisions about their future and lead the life they choose for themselves.

We are proud to partner with United Purpose to provide a complementary netball-based programme in areas where drop-out risk is greatest. This will encourage girls to stay in class, whilst providing additional social and emotional support. The curriculum will strengthen self-worth, teach sexual and reproductive health, address issues such as gender-based violence and safely challenge gender stereotypes. We’ll also work with girls when they graduate from the programme to support them to transition into further training or the world of work.