The Football Club Social Alliance unites professional European football clubs which team up for social change on a global level. Permanent member clubs include FC Basel 1893, SV Werder Bremen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FK Austria Wien, Queens Park Rangers F.C. and FC Schalke 04. Our main mission is the Young Coach Education Programme in which the clubs’ instructors empower young women and men in their role as proactive community leaders.
Professional instructors of our member clubs train the Young Coaches following an especially developed curriculum with coaching, leadership as well as life and soft skills. Each programme consists of three modules and a minimum of 12 education days over a period of one year. For the around 40 Young Coaches, who take part in each programme, participation, travelling and accommodation costs are free.
Our Young Coaches are community leaders and role models in less privileged societies. They commit themselves to support the children of their communities by conveying important social topics (conflict resolution, inclusion, HIV prevention, etc.) through football. Each of the Young Coaches represents a unique personal story.
While Elly used to be punished for playing sports as a child, he never gave up his love for it. As a result, he was able to acquire a degree in sport science and started coaching in 2013. Elly has discovered the power of football to bring people together, make the community safer and have a positive impact on children.
Qutaiba’s father used to work for the crime lab in Baghdad. His job put the family in danger and as their oldest son, Qutaiba was particularly threatened. He fled to Lebanon in 2016 and now wants to use sports to pass on social values and principles to children.
Due to the war in Syria, Hanaa’ and her family were forced to leave their home in 2014. She had been a Kindergarten teacher in Syria, and now, having completed our Young Coach Education Programme, uses football to support the personal development of children in the Azraq Refugee Camp.
Sarah and George are a true success story of the FCSA Tandem Young Coach Education. In 2014 they formed a so called “Tandem” – a team that supports and guides each other throughout the education. Since then, every Friday evening, they team up again for training a group of the Old Boys Basel Dream Team.
50 years of continous armed conflict and drug-trafficking in Colombia have put thousands of children at the risk of being illegally recruited by guerrilla groups, sexually exploited or killed. Through their activities, James and Eliana prevent vulnerable children from falling into a life of gangs, drugs and crime.
At the young age of only 24, Parvati from Mumbai is a true role model. She could have been a child bride like her sisters. But she became a coach instead. She fought for her right to play sports as a woman, and even started her own NGO that uses sports to empower especially girls from poor families.
Govinda grew up in a family with little money, and dropped out of school at the age of 12. It was through football, a sport he had never previously played, that Govinda transformed his life. He now delivers grassroots football activities for children, and trains other people to become coaches.
Jacqueline has lost all her family and fled from the crisis-torn Burundi to Rwanda on her own. A football, is one of the few possessions she brought with her to Rwanda. In Mahama camp, where she found safety and friends, she uses the football and other sport activities to help children to overcome the challenges they face in their daily routine.
Fasloon is an English teacher from Kalmunai, in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka. His hometown was heavily affected by the 30-year civil war and the devastating Tsunami in 2004. Yet, this has not deterred Fasloon from being a positive role model to disadvantaged children, both on and off the pitch.
Due to the war and difficult family circumstances Shabella was mostly left on her own and lacking care when she was a child. Becoming a Young Coach gave her the powerful impulse to build a community of peer coaches that share the passion for football to support abandoned and deprived children.
Due to regional conflicts, Rinto had to move several times in his childhood before he was able to settle down and study. Although he didn’t have any experience in playing football, he wanted to be a coach and work with children. Together with 4 other Young Coaches he now trains over 80 kids.
Jacqueline and Patrick supported each other during the Tandem Young Coach Education 2015. Together as a “Tandem” they completed the Programme in Bremen and Basel. Since then, both of them work as Young Coaches with the disability football team of SV Werder Bremen – the Werder Youngstars.
Rizki grew up in Bandung on Java under most difficult circumstances. He believes in sport as a tool for social change and is now fighting to prevent young people from taking drugs. Read more about his moving story and how he uses the power of football to make his community a better place.
Having fled Syria due to the war, Ahmad counts himself as fortunate to be alive. It has not been plain sailing since his arrival at the Azraq Refugee Camp, but football has given him a purpose in life again. He wants to offer children hope where there was once despair, and a chance to be children again.
Vanessa and Nikola get along very well. Nikola is a Young Coach and Vanessa is her Tandem Partner. They were both nominated by the OSC Bremerhaven, a partner of SV Werder Bremen. When talking to the girls, one can already note how much they enjoy each other’s company. They are constantly laughing and teasing each other.
Nikita is not a football player. However, he strongly believes in the power of the sport and the potential it has on providing psycho-social support for children. Instead of using his skills to work abroad, he decided to stay in Ukraine and help those most affected by the conflict – the children.
Throughout his childhood, Kamal faced rejection and emotional abuse due to his disability. His experiences inspired him to become a social activist and help children. Due to an unfortunate encounter, however, Kamal was forced to flee Syria and now wants to use sports to teach the children in Lebanon.
Five decades of armed conflict and organised crime, have led to an increasing number of families living in impoverished conditions. In these conditions, children are especially vulnerable to being drawn into crime, drugs, and violence. Andy’s activities give children an opportunity to see life beyond conflicts and crime.
Due to the armed conflict that erupted in 2014, Oleksandr was forced to leave Donetsk. He is now coaching underprivileged children in Western Ukraine. In addition to coaching his own group of children, Oleksandr takes pride in training volunteers to use football as a means of teaching about Child Rights.
Marvin and Björn are aother success story of the Tandem Education. They are both involved with the disability football team of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and take part in training sessions every Friday. They participated in the 2016 edition of the Tandem Young Coach Education in Bremen and the Special Youth Camp in Basel.
Founded in 2007, The Football Club Social Alliance has successfully implemented the Young Coach Education Programme in numerous conflict, post-war or developing regions around the world over the past years. In each case, the Alliance clubs sent highly qualified football instructors to the project regions in order to jointly inspire the Young Coaches in their work and teach valuable social and football-related education skills.
All partners and friends of the Football Club Social Alliance are united by the goal of using their social commitment to foster positive change. The long-term co-operation with our strategic partners is an important component to our success. We much appreciate the collaboration of all partnerships and hope to keep achieving great things together in future.