The enthusiasm with which Hoffenheim's football camps are received in Namibia is perfectly illustrated by Clarence, a 30-year-old who is attending his second event organised by TSG. This time, however, he'll be there as part of the coaching team. His job is to assist other coaches as well as act as an ambassador for the three-day football camps held in the capital city of Windhoek. From Friday (24 May) to Sunday (26 May), 60 children and 20 coaches/teachers will be trained and educated by Clarence and members of staff from TSG - and the focus isn't just on footballing development. The official slogan of the three-day event is ''Football for the environment.'' The children in attendance will learn valuable lessons about the importance of the environment and the complex relationships within ecological systems. An educational programme for coaches will run parallel to the children's training. Around 20 aspiring coaches will receive guidance from the TSG staff on how to draw up and carry out training sessions.
TSG first started working in Namibia in 2015 and has organised several events in the country since then. ''We're delighted to be able to give our support to children, teachers, schools and other organisations in Namibia once more. Our work in Africa forms the cornerstone of our international engagement. We have several camps and educational events planned for the future,'' says Sebastian Bacher, director of the TSG football school. The 31-year-old is travelling to Windhoek alongside fellow coaches Nadine Gayer and Maximilian Roth. ''Maximilian has been present at every event so far, but it's Nadine's first time. For all the children, but in particular the girls, it will be cool to have a female coach there too.''
The organisers are looking forward to welcoming very special guests on the opening day of the football camp: the German ambassador to Namibia will make a visit on Friday, as will the Namibian ministers for both education and sport. '' The training exercises and the educational content we've developed alongside our project partners at EduVentures have been very well received on all sides. Of course we have more projects in the pipeline and we've been absolutely delighted that everything we've done so far has been greeted with such enthusiasm,'' said Bacher.
Partnership between TSG and Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
The camp represents another collaborative project as part of the formal partnership between TSG and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, which was established last September. The expressed goal of the partnership is to work together to aid development in Africa. The Ministry is just one of many partners with whom TSG is engaged: The German society for international cooperation, the Namibian NGO EduVentures as well as the IT company DV-Systems are all involved in collaborations with the club. DV-Systems have assisted TSG with all of its projects in Africa, in particular the football camps in Windhoek. As a gesture of gratitude, the DV-Systems logo is printed on the jerseys and t-shirts given to all participants.
In April, the German Football League (DFL) organised a competition for children in Africa. As part of the Bundesliga experience event held in Nigeria, five junior football teams wearing Bundesliga jerseys played one another. TSG supported the event and was proud to donate a selection of jerseys. Now, this Friday will see the club's latest football camp event get underway.