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The Football Club Social Alliance and local partners train young committed women and men to become grassroots football coaches, social role models and proactive personalities. After the first training module, these so-called Young Coaches apply their newly developed social and sporting skills by getting actively engaged in their communities and regularly organising football activities for disadvantaged children.

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The Young Coaches act as multipliers, using football as a sustainable tool to promote health, integration, convey core values and foster the child’s development.



Young Coach-Education in Grassroots Football


What is our goal?

Educate and inspire Young Coaches to socially engage with disadvantaged children.


What is our focus?

Teaching specific know-how and social competencies in the field of grassroots football.

Grassroots football is a synonym for children’s football or football for all. It is about football, which allows all children, aged around 6 to 12 years, regardless of their sex, physical condition, skin colour, religion or ethnic background to join and play. All activities aim to offer fun and learning through playing.

Grassroots football does not focus on performance and thus provides excellent conditions to teach social skills through the game. That’s what Young Coaches are specifically trained in during their education. That way, they can act as coaches, role models and social workers. Thereby, promoting the holistic development of the children on and off the field through specifically designed football activities.


Who do we train?

The participants – Young Coaches – of grassroots coaching education programmes are young women and men from the respective project area. Depending on the project region, between 20 to 50% attending the training are women. According to different criteria worked out by Scort, our local partner organisations select the Young Coaches and support them throughout the entire programme. Most of the trainees are young teachers, aid workers, football players or other interested persons who already work with children. After the training, they act as multipliers by using their newly acquired know-how as a Young Coach when working with disadvantaged children.


Where do we train?

The coaching education programmes are conducted in the respective project regions only. The goal is to allow the international club instructors to tailor the content of their teaching in order to best prepare the Young Coaches for their social work with children in their own environment. Although this may incur some organisational challenges, The Football Club Social Alliance is convinced that the most sustainable work is the one right on the spot. For everyone involved in the programme – Young Coaches, instructors, international and local experts – the training represents an ongoing exchange and learning process that benefits everyone.


Who trains?

The educational programme is conducted by instructors of The Football Club Social Alliance and experts of local partner organisations. A minimum ratio of one instructor per 12 students is ensured during all modules. Normally the group of Young Coaches consists of about 30 persons. Hence, at least three instructors are conducting the coaching education simultaneously during each module.


What is the project design of our educational programme?

In general, the training contains four educational modules of 3 to 4 days each, including about 80 hours of training. Between the modules, each Young Coach works independently with their groups of children on a weekly basis in order to implement what has been learned. Therefore, each module also facilitates opportunities for individual feedback and progressive education.


What is taught?

The content of the coaching education programme is based on a 3-pillar model and follows a curriculum developed by Scort and the experts of The Football Club Social Alliance.

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What is our way of teaching?

During the training modules, the content is taught in practical and theoretical lessons. Demonstrations and interaction are of high priority when delivering the topics. In addition to intensive group work, the training also includes ongoing practical work with children groups. At the end of each module the Young Coaches have to pass a practical assessment to show they can autonomously implement what they have learned during the module.

Between the different modules, the Young Coaches independently repeat and prepare contents. This also includes practical work with children in their own environment, the organization of football events as well as the set up of a own grassroots football groups.



„I recognised that the female Young Coaches took over the lead during organisational tasks as well as during the practical exercises on the pitch.”

Willy Schmid, Instructor FC Basel 1893, Palestine 2011.