We’ve recently started a Saturday morning soccer club in Dinsho, making use of the sports grounds that the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme donated to the local community with the help of a generous donor.
Every Saturday morning we have around 30 local kids, all under the age of 12, turn up for the match (although the number seems to grow each week!), who then get divided into two opposing teams – EWCP and FZS (the Frankfurt Zoological Society, who also work within the National Park). It’s all terrific fun and rather chaotic, with the all the members of both teams charging after the ball – as you can imagine, the off-side rule does not apply!
Unfortunately EWCP is two games down at the moment, but we’re optimistic of making a comeback soon! While it’s great to get the kids together, keeping them busy on a Saturday and have them playing as a team, the matches also serve to increase EWCP’s presence within the community and encourage the kids to get involved in our activities in and around the National Park.