Goal Click - Sierra Leone & India
We are showcasing the fantastic work of our friends Goal Click. Here is a little bit about them and what they are up to.
Goal Click was created in 2014 as a new global football anologue photography project. The ambition of Goal Click is to find one person from every country in the world and send each of them one disposable analogue camera. The photographers take photos that symbolise football in their country, leading to a football photography exhibition and creating a unique football community.
The project aims to show football’s similarities and differences around the world, the issues, the passion and emotions it creates and the way football can unite people in unstable parts of the world. Goal Click is now officially active in over 50 countries.
The first camera came from Sierra Leone and our photographer was Pastor Abraham Bangura, coach of the Single Leg Amputee Sports Association (SLASA) football team. The photos show the team playing on Lumley Beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The photos of the amputees are incredibly powerful, demonstrating that football is an important way to help those affected by conflict overcome their injuries and re-integrate into society. The mental and physical strength of the amputees is inspirational to anyone who sees them play.
The second camera came from India, featuring a girls' football team training in Dharavi in Mumbai, India - one of Asia's most densely populated slums. Our amazing and inspirational 14-year-old photographer Blessy Sippora plays for the Reality Gives Girls' Football Program.
Quote from Blessy
“I wanted to show that Indian girls can play football. I think that all girls who want to play games, not only football, should be allowed to. In India there is a mentality that girls are not going to play, girls are only working at home. And then they are married. But I think all girls want to play! I enjoyed taking the photos and all my friends helped me."