Waoh, the four Papuan girls have managed almost two months in their new school already. The first two months of their lifes that they went to school every day. What a great challenge… getting up every morning at 5.30 a.m. is not as easy as it sounds… devotion with me from 6.00-6.30 am (singing, praying, bible study) and then getting ready for school…breakfast…ironing school uniforms (which they could have done also the day before, but they didn´t…) then only 10 minutes walk to the school. That is easy. But what is unusual for the girls is that school is till 2.35pm and then they have extra classes for maths and english to help them catch up to the level of the other kids… so often they come home after 3 or almost at 4… and then we have practise 4 days a week. Mondays and Wednesdays is futsal practise (2 hours), Tuesdays and Thursdays we have outdoor practise…(also 2 hours). Getting fit for the national team…yeah! So far the girls are doing great! Their grades in school improve little by little and it is obvious that they are willing to put some effort in getting better. Mega and Erma are learning to write their papers on the computer now…they have never done that before…they even learn how to use the internet for research.
Also on the soccer pitch they make quick progress. Ellyn and Erma, who always said that they don´t like heading (“because it hurts”) scored goal after goal with headers in practise last tuesday… even more goals happend when we practised volleys…nobody would have liked to be keeper that time because these volleys were shots like rockets… it´s great to see the girls having fun and to see them getting along one with each other much better now after some time of adjustment in the first weeks. I am looking forward to see the girls grow spiritually and in their charakter day by day. What a wonderful chance they have got to receive good education and good soccer traiining from people who care about them… It is not easy for them to change their attitude over night, but every little change needs to be appreciated and is a step towards success! Good job girls!
The four girls which live with our family in Malang (Erma, Ellyn, Itha and Mega) have the chance to learn new skills playing football together with the new formed girls football team of Malang, which I coach since beginning of January. Especially Erma has shown great agility and technical skills an it´s unbelievable how fast she can run – even boys have trouble to get the ball if she controls it. It would be a shame if that girl could not make it in a national team only because the football association does not care about women football in Indonesia and does not want to build up a women football national team.
This is Erma, one of the fastest female soccer players I have ever seen:
Here are Mega and Ellyn in action:
and this it Itha:
In our first match in the Gajayana-Stadion in Malang we played 2-2 against a men team. The girls have had many more chances and could have easily won the match, but in the end we are also quite satisfied with a draw against the men team from PSSI officials.
The girls showed their skills in front of several hundreds of people who had come to the stadion to watch the final of the U-12 Danone tournament. We played right before the final and many people were quite excited about the quality of the girls. For sure it´s still a long way to go to the national team…but that was a good start.
Before the match I was interviewed by several journalists who wanted to know my thoughts about starting a new national team in Indonesia. I sure hope, that the national football association will soon decide to start a long time quality coaching- and mentoring process for a new women football national team. There is so much potential in these girls and they just need more matches, more tournaments, better organization and more financial support.
Finally after several visits at the dentist Erma can laugh again without beeing embarrassed because of the holes and black spots in her frontteeth. The dentist did a great job and eversince Erma got her frontteeth repaired, her confidence increased in school and also on the soccer pitch. This girls is an incredibly great soccer player! And whenever she scores a goal, she now can have that big smile on her face! Great!
In the last three weeks I have seen the dentist many many times… three of the four soccergirls who came from Papua to live with us in Malang for the next two to three years have had tooth ache for a long time but obviously noone cared, cause nobody took them to a dentist … Four teeth looked like the one in the foto. I was wondering, how these girls coped with so much pain for such a long time. They were so afraid at the beginning when I mentioned that may be the dentist will pull out a tooth, because they have heard so many horrorstories about dentists and that pulling out a tooth would be so much pain and so on… but now, after it is done, they are so happy, cause the pain is gone and they can enjoy eating again.. they also can concentrate better in school and are fitter on the soccer pitch. Yesterday one of the girls got her front teeth fixed…they had black holes and looked not very nice, which is not good for self confidence…so after the treetment yesterday, the girl looked in the mirror and smiled with almost having tears of joy in her eyes…”thank you doc!”, she said to the dentist who did a great job… in some days the other front teeth will get fixed and then she will be confident again to show her teeth with big smiles!
Sometimes it only takes a little effort to make someone happy! And it takes a little bit love to help someone to get more self confidence… where there is motivation…there you will find a way…and sometimes the solution is not so difficult to figure out! Go for it…
Yesterday afternoon (14th of January 2014) the weather was not really great to have a training session but noone of the players seemed to care about the rain. 24 girls showed up for the first day of training to start with a new girls soccer team which will represent the city of Malang in the province tournament in July 2014. I was asked to select the girls while I attended a recent tournament and then was directly also asked to be the headcoach of the team. All the girls were pretty motivated although we had heavy rain in the middle of the sessions. But the the sky cleared up and we even saw the sun for some moments.
Galfrista (Itha) in action
The four Papuan girls who live in our house for the next three years joined the training session and enjoyed themselves. This Malang team will not be as strong as my girls team in Papua (Galanita Persipura), but we have several months time to prepare them as good as possible in order to reach the target of winning the province tournament. For sure, that is the target! We will see if everything works out well. The start was pretty good yesterday and I enjoyed having several assistant coaches, who helped in the process. That was something new for me, cause in Papua I had to organize everything on my own. So yesterday I had Mas Yudi as coach for the keepers and Mas Heri for warming up and stretching session. Mas Sony organized bibs, cones and 20 balls and Mas Heri and Mas Zaya helped beeing referees in the small tournament we played at the end of the training session with 4 teams á 6 players. That was a lot of fun and all the players were pretty tired after training. I think we will be able to build up a pretty good team with these very young players. Most of them are born between 1996 and 1999. It´s a good challenge and it´s good for my Papuan girls, too, that they can show their skills in a team with girls instead of only playing against boys teams.
The players listen carefully to Heidi´s instructions