A project managed by Surf Ghana
A project managed by Board Spirit Marseille
Depression is a serious issue for young women in Ghana. There are many contributory factors: low levels of education, lack of employment, debt, social and professional exclusion and domestic violence. Furthermore, women’s participation in sport is limited. Despite the growing number of skateboarders, the country still does not have a dedicated infrastructure or specialist coaching for the sport. Some 90% of open urban areas are unsuitable for skateboarding, and sports facilities are virtually non-existent.
The Surf Ghana collective and Board Spirit Marseille have joined forces to foster the empowerment of Ghanaian women and girls through skateboarding.
- Promote and facilitate skateboarding by girls and women
- Develop a coaching structure to better monitor participants’ performances
- Establish a training programme for careers related to skateboarding
- Introductory and intermediate skateboarding courses
- Professional training sessions with insights into the various careers associated with skateboarding, such as photography, coaching, filmmaking, judging and skateboard equipment design
- Follow-up support for women skateboarders
- Organising exhibitions in Accra and Marseille
- Involvement of 160 Ghanaian girls and women aged 6 to 25, in or out of education and living in or around Accra
- Optimisation of urban open spaces (sustainable city)
- Development of sports infrastructures for skateboarding
- Development of the local skateboarding ecosystem and the generation of directly-related revenue (tournaments, equipment, associated employment, etc.)
- Project cost: approximately €31,000
- Project supported in 2019 by the Agence Française de Développement and the European Guild
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