Tuğba Tekkal

Tuğba Tekkal, born in 1985 in Hanover, is a former professional footballer, social entrepreneur and founder. During her sporting career, she played for 1. FC Köln and Hamburger SV, among others. In 2015, Tuğba Tekkal founded the non-profit association for humanitarian aid Háwar.help e.V. together with three sisters, including the journalist Düzen Tekkal. In 2016, Tekkal initiated the empowerment project “Scoring Girls” as part of Háwar.help, which provides girls and young women from immigrant or socio-economically worse-off families with free football training and values-based education. She lives in Cologne and Berlin. 

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