‘Reach up’ reaches out

Burco footballers
Burco footballers

Story by Safiya Saeed

Two years ago I visited my father in Burco, Somaliland for the first time since 1977. It is a simple city, where residents have very little. The neighbourhood suffered from anti-social behaviour and poverty. Children have very few opportunities.

In November I decided to return to develop opportunities for young boys. As I have seen the power of sport in my role as the Active Burngreave Community Development Worker, I raised money to start ‘Burco Boyz’ football team.

Instead of children fighting they could become a team. I have been able to use my experience running ‘Reach Up’ in Burngreave to train volunteers and source a local coach.

I used some of the money I raised to buy football kits. This equipment can help children experience a healthy way to play and learn new skills. Sport and physical activity won’t reduce poverty but it can have positive impact on young people’s lives and reduce anti-social behaviour, drug abuse and stress. It can also distract the children from the many serious issues they have to deal with, such as war and social pressure.

The commitment to this project will not stop, as we will continue to raise funds for things like trainers for the children who currently play with slippers on gravel and glass.

If you would like to donate please get in touch with Safiya Saeed on 07473 527 520 or email reachupyouth@outlook.com


Burco footballers
Burco boyz footballers

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