NSC Commissioner, Carl Schafer introduced the workshop and workshop facilitator, Geoff Thompson, and explain the back to the day. The developmental workshop has been convened as part of the Youth Charter’s twelve years of work in the Southern Africa Region and Africa as a whole. In particular, this workshop had come at an important time as the National Sports Commission was currently reviewing its strategic position and preparing a developmental and strategic plan for sport into the future that includes exploring its social development policies and the role sport could and should play in a social context and within communities.


Mr Schafer welcomed the opportunity resulting from this visit and hoped that the day would see the expertise available utilized for the future policy aims and objectives of the Commission. Mr Schafer concluded that this developmental workshop was the pre-cursor to a full social coach seminar workshop, which would see Namibia host Zone 6 member countries in 2007. The Chief Administrator of the Commission consulted and informed the Minister of Sport (MNSYSC), the Director of Sport within the ministry and other departments who were in full support of this approach.


Geoff introduced the Youth Charter Philosophy surrounding the Social Coach workshops and the aims and objectives of the workshops. Geoff discussed the Youth Charter’s 12 years of work in Namibia and Southern Africa and the resulting Magglingen Conferences in 2003 and 2005 in Switzerland. As a result, the Youth Charter has been successfully funded by the Swiss Development Agency to put in place a social coach programme. This would see the training of 100 social coaches in the Zone 4 Southern African region.

YC SCLP Namibia Workshop Report



    Youth Charter Dame Mary Glen Haig Office of

    Sport for Development and Peace,

    London Stadium Learning, London Stadium, 

    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

    United Kingdom


    +44 (0) 7904 339 935



    UK Registered Charity        

    Charitable Incorporated Organisation


    United Nations Accredited  

    Non Governmental Organisation

    © 2021 Youth Charter

    Facebook logo.png
    twitter logo.png
    YouTube logo.png

    Honorary Life President

    The Late Dame Mary Glen Haig DBE*

    Former Presidents

    The Late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster KG, CB, CVO, OBE, TD

    The Late Lord Terry Thomas CBE

    Founder and Chair

    Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

    *In Perpetuity

    Vice Presidents

    Sir Bobby Charlton CBE

    Pearly Gates

    Judge Goldstone

    Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

    Clive Lloyd CBE

    Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

    Lord Herman Ouseley

    Sir Steve Redgrave CBE

    Dame Sarah Storey DBE

    Lemn Sissay MBE

    Sir Rodney Walker

    Frank Warren


    Elaine Banton

    Mark Barratt

    Alison Burchell

    Juliet Donoghue

    Nadine Dyer

    Peter Ibsen

    Phil McCauley

    Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

    Chris Sayers

    Ronnie Todd