National partner profile: Nigeria



Search and Groom - Youth for Development Centre is a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation founded in 2003. By using the power of sport, they provide programmes offering training, rehabilitation, employment, and sports and recreation opportunities to young Nigerians who are homeless, unemployed, or suffering from substance abuse. Their main areas of work are youth development and leadership, gender equality, peacebuilding, and health promotion.

Their national ambassador is Navina Omilade, a German national football player of Nigerian descent, who has been particularly active in promoting gender equality and inter-cultural understanding through sport.

Every year, S&G organise the Street Soccer League Cup and select the team that will represent Nigeria at the Homeless World Cup. Through the Street Soccer League Cup, they promote community services and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, citizenship education, and anti-corruption campaigns. Their programmes are complemented by monitoring and evaluation. They survey their participants, community leaders, centre coordinators, and members of the community quarterly in order to assess the impact of their activities.

Some of their programmes include:

  • Playgreen, an educational programme about hygiene, waste management, disease prevention, jobs, and gender equality.
  • Siyakhona Media Skills Training Programme, focused on developing photography and video equipment skills in order to enhance participants’ employability.
  • We Play For Gender Equality, which works for the prevention of sexual harassment.
  • Pass on the Ball, a leadership programme.
  • HMJ Community Football Cup, which offers education about public safety, disaster intervention, community integration, and peace and unity in the run-up to the 2015 national election.

S&G are the official Nigerian partner of FIFA’s sport-for-development youth programme “Football for Hope,” implemented in strategic alliance with Streetfootballworld. A representative of S&G attended the Global Youth Forum on Football in Brazil, and the Street Football Annual General Meeting in order to exchange ideas with other young leaders. S&G successfully applied to the corresponding international stipend programme and received funding to implement the Pass on the Ball project.

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Mission statement


Search and Groom - Youth for Development Centre work to empower vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, and other socially excluded or marginalized people in Nigeria, with special emphasis on helping youth through sport.

With a strong commitment to football and education, Search and Groom offers hope to the neighbourhood’s young residents, building their confidence and awareness, and offering structure to their lives.

A special focus of their educational programmes is to fight against corruption and to promote inter-ethnic harmony.

Goals for the future

Programme Development

To set up a Golden League for young adults aged 16 and above to create a platform for youth employment and empowerment


To launch a new programme “Fair Play, Play Safe” for schoolchildren and out-of-school children, targeting character development and education

Women's Programmes

To promote gender equality and educate women about personal safety through football activities

Additional information

Football Activities

Running the Street Soccer League Cup, and different sport-for-development programmes, such as Football for Hope

Team selection

The players are selected at the annual Street Soccer League Cup.

Non-football services

Promotion of community service, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, citizenship education, anti-corruption campaigns, peacebuilding workshops, skills training; “talkshops” about nutrition, health, hygiene, politics, or gender equality before each training session in women’s programmes

Participants challenges

Lack of education, gender-based violence, substance abuse, and poverty

Organisation challenges

Political instability and lack of safety

Country challenges

Currently, the main threat to public safety comes from the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has caused many people to leave their homes. Furthermore, homelessness remains a taboo and consequently a lot of persons in need of shelter are rejected and denoted as “belonging nowhere” and “non-human” (Homelessness in Nigeria, 2013). Women are especially vulnerable due to deep cultural believes that it is acceptable to abuse women (Domestic Violence, 2013).

Homlessness definition

Homelessness in Nigeria is loosely defined as living in structures not designated for human accommodation, or as having nowhere to live/stay (Homelessness in Nigeria, 2013).

Homelessness Statistics

There are an estimated 24.4 million homeless people in Nigeria. This is a consequence of many factors, including rapid urbanisation and poverty (UNHCR, 2007), and currently mainly the terror by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Some 650,000 Nigerians were displaced internally due to the conflict and 70,000 more are refugees in neighbouring countries (UNHCR, 2014).

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