From Stacious' pen : Using our spark to ignite community spirit
Women have been referred to as the weaker sex in some quarters, but our only weakness is not realising how strong we are until a crisis occurs.
We often seek validation from those closest to us who may fail to give us a gentle reminder of our importance and power, simply because the cycle of low esteem and outdated philosophies about the female's place in society are perpetuated.
I believe that we can change that with a little effort. Change begins at home, in every community, and then it extends across the nation. It is our calling to be the small spark to get this firebrand change in the way our women view their strength through our friendship.
Just recently, I, along with video director Tracy 'Swiss' Lewis, rekindled the idea of community football with the help of Constable Ricardo McCalpin, a.k.a Wowski, to bring about much needed change.
McCalpin is the founder of the Fighting Crime with Rhymes Foundation. He is attached to the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and we share a passion for music and community development.
We opted to build on Swiss' idea from a few years ago, and gave birth to the Magnum Female Clasico.
Our spark has ignited a vibrant spirit in the community of Maverley, St Andrew, where is Clasico was held on Ash Wednesday with female entertainers playing against female cops in a football match.
Each day, as we prepared for that exhibition game against female police officers, curious women from Maverley and neighbouring communities watched us and eventually joined the workout sessions. The level of interest resulted in free aerobic activities daily.
Tanya, a.k.a Mumma San, a.k.a Marverly Mumma, has begun collecting small donations to purchase mats, weights and other equipment to help our women get fit and realise goals they never thought possible.
We started with different goals in mind. The entertainers wanted to learn football, and the ladies from the community wanted to get fit and enjoy an occasional laugh at seeing us fall all over the ball.
Over the last two months, we have built some muscles and friendships, and lost some fat and negative attitudes along the way.
Women's football is nothing new, but when bundled with charity, fitness and entertainment in a what may be considered a tense community, it builds camaraderie and fosters unity.