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 and Queens Park Rangers F.C. 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.
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.
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.
Rizki Kurniawan 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.
Sustainable and effective social change is our legacy. In fact, our programme is designed to have a long-lasting social impact by causing a multiplier effect among the Young Coaches. As of today, 341 Young Coaches have been fully educated and have shared their knowledge with some 1,400 peers. Thanks to their ongoing, dedication more than 32,000 children benefit from social activities on a daily basis
Peer Young Coaches
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.