sport 4charity is an association set up by the professional footballer Salif DIAO . The aim of the association is to bring together top sportsmen and sportswomen, and in particular Africans, for a joint objective: Humanitarian Aid
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Salif DIAO: Senegalese international footballer, 32 years old.
Born on 10 February 1977 in Kedougou, where he has set up a
school and football training youth centre.
He is a midfield player.
- 1997 winner of the Champion’s Trophy with ASMonaco
- 2000 Champion of France with ASMonaco
- 2002 Finalist in the African Cup of Nations with Senegal.
- 2002 Quarter finalist in the World Cup of Football in Korea/Japan
award for scoring the finest goal in the World Cup (FIFA Museum)
- 2003 Worthington Cup winner with Liverpool
- 2005 medal winner in the Champions League 2005 with Liverpool.
At present he plays in the English Premier League for Stoke City.
His News: Salif DIAO has been recalled for selection for his talents
as a player but also and chiefly for his spirit and energy.
The CAAP’Afrika Association( www.caap-afrika.com) supported by great Personalities
Salif DIAO is very involved in supporting young people through:
- his school and sports centre at KEDOUGOU (SENEGAL)
- UNICEF in Casamance against Arms,
- SOS gazelles (www.teebreak.fr) with which he has inaugurated several youth centres in Senegal
with Alain Boghossian & Véronique Chaplain *
Tee Break June 2008 - SOS GAZELLES
Association for the benefit of children
Education, Sport & Health
* President of SOS Gazelles,
Kedougou which is one of the very new Administrative Regions of Senegal is a continental zone,
lacking facilities for agriculture and stock-rearing. It has been considered as a mining area for a
Situated at the crossroads of Senegal, Mali and Guinea, Kedougou has the advantage of a
highly multicultural population.
In spite of the abundant human and natural potential of Kedougou, the region lacks the basic
infrastructure to guarantee the future for young people.
The education provided by the only Technical and Vocational Secondary School does not meet
the specialised training needs expressed by the great majority of young people who are no
longer in the educational system.
This being the case, their hope for survival seems to be emigration, which sometimes does not
take place under the conditions required.
The damage caused by illegal immigration and its consequences sometimes go so far as to
affect the families.
We want to face up to this situation and create a real socio-educational and sports
reference establishment in KEDOUGOU.FOUNDATION OF THE PROJECT
For of Senegal is a continental zone, sport4charity it is a matter of building, on the former «SONACOS» site, a Multipurpose
and Multifunctional Youth Centre,thus contributing to the policy led by the authorities with the
aim of resolving the lack of basic sports and socio-educational infrastructure.
The Centre will make it possible to open up a large range of subjects for training and therefore
possibilities of employment.
It will comprise:
A Vocational Training Centre offering several subjects;
A Relaxation and Leisure Facility for children, young people and adults;
Space for Documentation, Information and research for the teaching staff, sports managers, athletes and players;
A New Communication Technologies Centre;
A restaurant / cafeteria;
A children’s play area;
A multipurpose sports ground.THE PROJECT
Together with the Technical and Vocational Secondary School of the town, the local businesses
and the few rare sports facilities, the project will contribute towards establishing links for
cooperation in order to:
Keep young people settled in their home area
Develop confidence and convince them of the potentialities of their Region;
Reduce the illicit emigration, considered by the young as their only way forward, which however causes too much damage among this very important sector of our population;
Help these young people to develop their skills after training in their Region by initiating their own projects
(e.g.: rational exploitation of the numerous natural mining resources of the sector: marble – gold – iron, etc.)
The centre will guarantee specialised training leading to a diploma for its students.
It will also be able to serve as a location for practical and additional experimentation for the
Technical and Vocational Secondary School of the town.
The project is progressive; the first phase which will make it operational will comprise the
Workshops and Rooms for training/initiation into computer technology
Cyber café / Internet space
The Synthetic Football Pitch
Play area for children
Multipurpose facilities for Basketball, Volleyball, Handball and Tennis
Gymnasium / fitness area
Founded over twenty years ago, the initial structure was intended as a framework for the development of education and training.
Sport, in particular football, was the spearhead for setting up this structure.
Indeed, as the founders had rightly thought at the time, the young people must be brought together around a football, and directed towards the promising associated prospects.
The centre supporting vocational and technical training, operational since 1990, is presented as an alternative to parents concerned about the social and vocational future of their children.
The structure, located in a sensitive socio-economic environment, aims to develop efficiently the youth potential present in the area.
It is a matter of offering these girls and boys the basic tools needed to face the labour market.
In its philosophy, the structure integrates sports activities and apprenticeship in trades in perfect synergy.
As the adage so rightly says ‘’a healthy mind in a healthy body’’. The purpose of this centre is to offer the appropriate context for work.
Specialising in industrial trades, today the centre welcomes young girls and boys excluded from the classic system of education into three (3) subject areas.
The three (3) subjects offered are :
To give all the young people who request the services of the centre the same chances, we have defined two entry levels:
The first level concerns all the children who could not have the benefit of sound schooling. These pupils are grouped together for an elementary common core syllabus for one year to gain access to the specific three-year training.
With regard to the second level, it is open to all young people who have a good level of general education and want to learn a practical manual trade.
With our concern for credible and qualifying training, we have implemented a plan for
alternation between school and companies.
In this way, the young people are able to undertake permanent placements in companies.
These periods of training lasting for 3 to 6 months enable the students to understand the
business better and gain experience.
In this context, we have formally established a solid partnership with local companies.
Just training the young people cannot be an end in itself.
Whoever says training, implicitly says integration.
The latter thus constitutes the centre’s post-training phase.
We implement a plan of integration which involves directing the trained young people towards
local partners and businesses.
The network of companies whose loyalty the centre has won is fully incorporated into this
constructive approach which thus makes it possible:
To make the apprenticeship more proficient
To establish a formal link between training and the world of work
To integrate the students.
FOUNDATIONS OF THE PROJECTS have implemented a
The centres are a pretext to attract young people so that their icons, the «top sportsmen and
top sportswomen» can pass on positive messages on health and education.
«Let’s have the messages passed on in a better environment»
This complex is closely linked to the development of the KEDOUGOU socio-educational centre; it represents the sports part of this centre.
This complex is closely linked to the development of the RUFISQUE socio-educational centre, It represents the sporting side of this centre.
To offer the opportunities these young populations deserve and to support them during their personal and vocational development, it is essential to communicate the universal values in a high quality functional framework.
We are convinced that sport can be the vector of this approach.
We need the support of institutions to take up this challenge and achieve success.