The official launch of the soccer buses was accompanied by speeches given by Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG (VW Germany); German Ambassador to South Africa, Dieter Haller; GIZ's Country Director South Africa, Peter Conze; and YDF Project Manager, Gerald Guskowski.
Country Director of GIZ South Africa, Peter Conze, expresses his well-wishes during the launch of the soccer buses in Port Elizabeth.
YDF has recorded best practices on youth development through football in a training curriculum for coaches, with none other than football legend Desiree Ellis introducing it during the tour. 'We are proud that we could win the former Banyana Banyana captain and current World Cup Ambassador over to test the YDF tool, help coaches to encourage and strengthen the social behaviour of children and youths, and assist social workers in meeting the expectations of children with a passion for football', says GIZ Country Director Peter Conze.
YDF's partner in Botswana - the 'South East District Youth Empowerment League' (SEDYEL) - had chosen 'Youth, Health and HIV/AIDS' as its motto for the event, and impressed GIZ Country Director for South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho, Peter Conze, with the performance it put on: "It is inspiring to see how well SEDYEL understands how to combine football with the life skills important to the girls and boys of Botswana".
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