Alzahra Cultural & Sport Association (ACSA)
Introduction: Al-Zahra Cultural and Sport Association (ACSA) is a women-led and youth led organization; established in 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. After fall of Taliban, ACSA gained noticeable achievements in a short period of time due to the activities in the fields of sport, culture and education regarding women development.
We believe that sport and physical activity along with cultural awareness can make a substantial contribution to the well-being of people especially women in developing countries. Physical self-worth and physical self-perception, including body image, has been linked to improved self-esteem. Health benefits of physical activity predominantly focuses on intra-personal factors such as physiological, cognitive and affective benefits, however, that does not exclude the social and inter-personal advantageous.
What We Do
The ACSA for gathered of athletes and intellectual women organize specific training and trying to provide and enhance high level of sport knowledge, psychology, management, and awareness to the participants and athletes to get selves confidence. The Sport and intellectual of Cultural teams will support their related society to identify the active and interested young and youth girls & women to participate in sport ranges, in physical, fitness and symmetry and organize Cultural awareness, workshop and training for those women and girls are involved.
• Socio-Cultural Training: This training course has been designed with the aim of improving the cultural awareness of women and men on women’s rights in the society. The course conduction is on the necessity of executing these rights for the well-being of the whole society. Holding the course along with physical training programs has doubled the effects with regard to women’s self-confidence and motivation to set and follow their goals
.ACSA 2009 Sport and Physical Activities Classes: Holding different sport classes such as: Gymnastic, Fitness, Zumba dance, Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Boxing, Kung fu, Chess, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, and Handball with the capacity for 800 women, youth and children.
ACSA the first sport association in Afghanistan
Why You’ll Love Us
- The best facilities
- Satisfaction of the people
- Creative and diverse programs
- More than 15 sports
- Extensive service
- Safe place for women
- Multiple competitions
- Male and female coaches
- National and international reputation
- Trusted by families and the sports community
“Love the flexibility”
Founder & CEO biography: Masooma Sadat Hossaini
Education: 1. Graduated of Physical Education as a bachelor degree in Higher Education Kabul University on 2008, 2. Diploma of Business management in American university of Afghanistan on 2011, 3.Diploma of Mathematics in Samayan high school 2002 4.Certificate of personal trainer in American Council on Exercise( ACE) on 2020 5.Student of marketing management in BCIT college in Vancouver, BC 2019, 6.Certificate: 1. Dan 2nd certificate from world taekwondo federation 2014, 7.sport educator certificate from Sport Sans Frontiers (SSF) 2009
- Awards: 1.Successful business woman award by Ms. Lura Bush one of past United State of American first lady in 2015 in the Dallas States, 2. Successful woman in Afghanistan award by president of National Olympic Committee on 2013, 3. Successful woman in Afghanistan award by president of Afghanistan on 2015, 4.Successful woman award in Canada by Diversity association on 2018, 5. Selected 60 best Afghan women’s heroes and influential at the 2020 Rumi awards in Las Vegas, USA, 6. Winner of the best and creative business idea award by the Diversity organization in Vancouver, Canada 2019, 7. Successful immigrant woman nominated for the 2019 YWCA women of distinction awards at YWCA in Vancouver, Canada
• Activities in Afghanistan: 1. Work with EMDH: 2005-2006 • Work as Sport educator, to help and worked with orphaned children in the platform I could work and help more than 200 children, 2. Work with Sans Sport Frontiers (SSF): Within (2006 –2009): • within my study in Kabul University to get my bachelor degree, I could get a job in Sans Sport Frontiers (SSF), which is a French organization in the field of Sport. My position was as Project manager / project coordinator in many SSF projects, with following tasks and responsibilities: 1. violence against women by sport, 2. Health awareness for sport teachers in Kabul and Parwan provinces, 3. Health awareness and physical education for trainers in National Olympic Committee, 4. Alzahra Cultural & Sport Association (ACSA) 2009 – Ongoing, 5. Due to a real need of women I tried to establish my own association under the name of ACSA, which was the first sport association for women in Afghanistan, especially in Kabul city, 6. Opened first branch of ACSA on October 2009 in 13th district of Kabul, 7. Launch and implement a women and sport project founded by USAID funds within the year of 2011
- Encouraged women to sport for having better life and Created different teams such as; Taekwondo, Fitness, Gymnastic, Karate, Football, Volleyball, and Kickboxing.
- Run the project of reducing drugs through sport with ministry of fighting against drugs, in Kabul city with funds within the year of 2012
- Created different tournaments for women and kids to encourage them to sport activities and health within the years of 2010-2015
- Hold Alzahra cup every year in National Olympic Committee that have more than 500 athlete’s participants within the years of 2011-2015
- Celebrated of different events and programs such as international women’s day (8th of March), Mather’s day and New Year among the women and their families in the years of 2010-2015 • Opened 2th branch of ACSA for women in Kart e char, district nbr 3, Kabul city on 2012. • Opened 3th branch for women and children in Saray-Qazni district nbr 3, Kabul city on 2013.
- Opened 4th huge and different branch with close collaboration of ABADE project with USAID funds in pol-E-Sorkh in the district nbr 3, Kabul city on 2014.
- ACSA students could get colorful medals from various sports competitions such as (gold medal from gymnastic students, bronze medal from taekwondo team), • Introduced and learned of more than 100 students of Afghan national teams. • Host the first women’s sports fashion show in Afghanistan on 2014 • Interviewed with national and international media such as BBC, Al Jazeera, Washington post, domestic media , Female coaching network, 4.Work with Ashiana organization as a sport teacher for orphans 2008-2009
Activities in Canada 1.Work with ALDO company as an assistant manager 2018- 2019 2.Work with Sport check as a sport advisor 2019-2020 3.Organized international women’s day celebration in Vancouver, Canada 2017 4.Host/Organized Arts and crafts exhibition in Vancouver, Canada 2018 5.Organized business workshop for immigrant women in Vancouver, Canada 2019
Travel: 1. Participated in IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) in Washington DC 2014 2.Participated in Peace through of Business Program in Dallas 2015 3.Participated in Business conference in Islamabad, Pakistan 2015 4.Invited in Rumi Award in Las Vegas 2015
- Sport and Combat against Narcotics: from 2010/05 to 2010/12 with Ministry of Counter Narcotics, Encourage youths and adults to do sport and physical activities and keep them away from narcotics. Increase knowledge and awareness of 30 teachers of 15 schools (district 3,6 and 13 of Kabul) on the benefit of sport and harms of narcotics
- ACSA cup, 2011to 2015 with USAID& AWEC, Motivate women and kids to sport and healthy activities
- Holding tournament in Taekwondo, Football, and Volleyball for women and kids.
- Empowerment of Widow Women, 2014 to 2015 with GIZ, support the economy of widow women, and provide facilities for group of widow women (100) to make balls to make their living.
- Equipped sports club for women, 2014 to 2015 with ABADE (USAID) open 4th branch of ACSA in pol-e-sorkh (district 3 of Kabul) to expand sport services to that part of the city.
- Sport for health through ASGP, 2011 to 2012, Improving self-confidence of 40 athlete women and their families, providing training sessions for 40 athlete women and their families through
- First Women’s Sports Fashion Show, 2014 with AWEC, Host the first women’s sports fashion show in Afghanistan
- International women’s day, 2013 with USAID, Host the international women’s day
- Coach Training, 2010 to 2011 with NOC (National Olympic Committee), host the special workshop for 100 female athletes and trainers to improve sport skills and leadership.
- Coach training, 2014 with US Embassy, host the professional training for female athletes and coaches by four American export coaches
- International women’s day, 2017 in Burnaby community, Vancouver, Canada. Host the 300 women immigrant in international women’s day
- The Arts and crafts exhibition called Kabul- Tehran- Vancouver, 2018 with KIWASSA in Vancouver, Canada, host the first arts and crafts exhibition for newcomers and immigrant women.
- Empowering immigrant women in business, 2018 to 2019 with KIWASSA & WEC in Vancouver, Canada, hold training for immigrant women and newcomers to help them open business
- Sport projects to eliminate violence against women, 2020 with UNWOMEN, reduce violence against women through exercise, creating unity and solidarity of women through sports activities (Kabul, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Takhar, Balkh) in Taekwondo, Volleyball, martial arts, Badminton
- Sport projects to International Women’s day 8th March 2021, with UN WOMEN in women’s taekwondo tournament in Farah province and women’s chess tournament in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan