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.
Still recovering from its genocide in 1994, today, Rwanda hosts some 160’000 refugees, 80% of whom are women and children. In collaboration with UNHCR, the FCSA educates 100 refugees to become grassroots football coaches and community leaders, helping increase the children’s safety and security by providing them with meaningful leisure activities.
Every year since 2007, the Football Club Social Alliance has been engaged in promoting disability football across Europe. Two elements form the basis of the programme – the Young Coach Education in disability football for youths with and without a disability and the Special Youth Camp as an annual summer camp for children with special needs.
Under the umbrella of the new global partnerships with UNHCR and the AFC Dream Asia Foundation, the FCSA educates young adults from both the host and refugee population in Lebanon. The focus of the Young Coach Education Programme is on social cohesion through football and the conveyance of life skills that help children form peaceful relationships with their peers and community members.
Teaming up with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the FCSA contributed towards social cohesion in Ukraine. Targeting internally displaced persons and their now host communities, the 39 certified Young Coaches will use grassroots football as a tool for trauma relief and reconciliation.
For the first time, the FCSA trained “Young Coaches” in Jordan. During the pilot project (September – December 2016), instructors of the FCSA trained 36 women and men in the refugee camp Azraq. The Young Coaches learned how to use play for trauma relief and psycho-social support.
Our Young Coach Education Programme in Colombia (July 2015 – April 2016) trained 35 Young Coaches in three modules of one week each. The project’s main social focus was on conflict resolution, peace building and drug prevention.
The Coaching Education and Football Exchange Programme in Northern Ireland (March – December 2015) focused on exchanging professional knowledge and supporting the football development of the Irish Football Association (IFA). Five modules of two to three days each were held in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.
Our Young Coach Education Programme on Java and Sulawesi (August 2014 – May 2015) trained 34 Young Coaches in three modules of one week each. The project’s main social focus was on water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), health & nutrition and women’s rights.
Our Young Coach Education Programme in Mumbai, India (October 2013 – October 2014) trained 29 Young Coaches in three modules of one week each. The project’s main social focus was on locally relevant issues, such as women‘s rights, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), school dropouts, and early marriage.
Our Young Coach Education Programme in Entebbe and Gulu in Uganda trained 30 Young Coaches in four modules of one week each. The project’s main focus was on malaria prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and children’s rights. In 2017, a follow-up programme and refresher course was run in Mukono.
Our Young Coach Education Programme in Bethlehem in the West Bank region (January – October 2011) trained 16 Young Coaches in four modules of three days each. The project’s main focus was to implement a football education programme in the Palestinian Territories.
Our two Young Coach Education Programmes in Sri Lanka (2010/11 and 2013) trained a total of 56 Young Coaches in seven modules. In 2010/11, the project’s main objective was to implement a football education programme in the former civil war region Mannar, while in 2013 we focused on promoting integration on the east coast of Sri Lanka (in Batticaloa and Kalmunai).
Our Young Coach Education Programme in Karthoum, Sudan (March 2009 – January 2010) trained 25 Young Coaches in five modules of four days each. The project’s main focus was to educate Young Sudanese with different ethnic and social backgrounds as Young Coaches – social role models and community leaders.
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.