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TAFISA and African Union Sports Council Region 5
Extend Cooperation until April 2022
The Sport for All Movement Grows Stronger in Africa

TAFISA is proud to announce the extension of its partnership with African Union Sports Council Region 5 (AUSC R5) until April 2022. Since its official start in 2017, this unique partnership has led to the successful development and implementation of several programmes and events in the region, achieving the following in 3 identified pillars for cooperation:

1. Advocacy
  • Sport for All and physical activity have been included as a key focus area in AUSC Region 5's 2018 - 2028 Strategic Plan. 
  • The Sport Ministers of the ten Region 5 countries approved the cooperation, and all ten countries have become proud TAFISA Members. Following the countries that were already members (Botswana National Sports Council, Sports Recreation South Africa, Zimbabwe Sport and Recreation Commission) more countries have thus joined TAFISA, including Angola National Direction of Sport, Eswatini Sports & Recreation Council, Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission, Malawi National Council of Sports, Mozambique Ministry of Youth and Sport, Namibia Sports Commission, National Sports Council of Zambia.
2. Education
  • A strong cooperation was established for gender equity and women empowerment, evidenced by the launch of the Women Leadership Programme in Sport for All, which aims to train 20 Sport for All leaders in each of the ten Region 5 countries, every year until 2030.
  • The Female Leaders of Tomorrow mobility project, co-funded by the European Commission and also in partnership with the European Network of Sport Education and Olympic Committee of Slovenia, was launched and links 10 young African women with 10 young European women and 10 mentors for a period of 2 years. 
  • TAFISA Certified Leadership Courses in Sport for All have been adapted to the specific needs of the region, facilitators trained, and a first CLC was held in Botswana in 2019.
3. Promotion
  • The Walk for Life programme was initiated to increase physical activity participation rates through fun and inclusive walking events in the ten countries. The first Walk for Life events were held across the region in 2019  and the programme is set to grow stronger and broader in the next years.
  • TAFISA's partner Nassau donated balls worth USD 10,000 to AUSC Region 5 to support sport and physical activity participation in communities in the ten countries. See below video. 
AUSC Region 5 Nassau Equipment Hand Over
What has been accomplished during the past years highlights the success and mutual benefits TAFISA and AUSC Region 5 enjoy through their cooperation and the need to further build upon these solid foundations.

Within the framework of the partnership, a full-time Sport for All Officer is currently employed in Gaborone, Botswana, to develop the Sport for All Movement from the offices of AUSC R5, which provides in-kind support (office space, travel arrangements, etc.). 

Looking into the near future, new initiatives are already underway: 
  • The first ever online TAFISA Certified Leadership Course is currently taking place from 15 July until 11 September, empowering young leaders from each of the ten countries to use Sport for All for a positive social impact in their local communities; establishing a model for future parts of the world in the coming months. Learn more. 
  • The first TAFISA Africa Webinar will be held on 31 July and gather representatives from over 15 countries across the African continent.
  • Each of the ten AUSC Region 5 countries is in the process of nominating a Sport for All focal person who will be responsible to advocate, design and implement new policies to further develop Sport for All in their country. 
  • AUSC R2 has been approached to collaborate with TAFISA and AUSC R5, and expand the African Sport for All network to build on synergies and reach more people. 
"Our partnership with AUSC R5 has provided us with a great opportunity to strengthen the Sport for All Movement in Africa and identify synergies to support TAFISA's Mission 2030 to maximise the contribution of Sport for All to society. This partnership has been very fruitful so far and will continue to have a lasting impact in the region."
Leonard Thadeo, TAFISA Vice-President for Africa

"As African Union Sports Council Region 5, we are most delighted with the smart partnership forged with TAFISA. The milestones achieved so far are a clear testimony of more achievements that can be realised through this collaboration. We are grateful to the convergence of interest in the quest to promote and grow the Sport for All philosophy in the Region. We have no doubt that the value added through our partnership with TAFISA is bound to grow in leaps and bounds."
Stanley Mutoya, AUSC Region 5 CEO
TAFISA and AUSC R5 are very enthusiastic about their partnership and its manifold achievements, and are looking forward to further strengthening the Sport for All Movement in Africa and sharing knowledge and experience from this cooperation with the rest of the world. TAFISA thanks AUSC Region 5's Chair Dr. Vetambuavi Veii and CEO Stanley Mutoya for their leadership. 
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