Coaching for Hope.
The innovative programme using football to create better futures for young people in West and Southern Africa. Part of the international volunteering and development charity, Skillshare International.
The idea for Coaching for Hope was born when a children’s Parliament in Bamako, Mali, urged foreign donors to listen to them. They wanted access to sport. They wanted to play football and they wanted someone to coach them. The love of football can inspire, uplift, educate and empower. These young people showed us that sport is not a luxury, it’s an extraordinary tool which can be used as a force for good, enriching their lives and those of their communities.
In response, we set up Coaching for Hope in 2005, working in Mali and Burkina Faso. In 2009 we also began working in South Africa, ahead of the football World Cup.
We coach coaches to:
Give vulnerable young people a chance to take part in regular football activity
Teach them life skills and provide a safe place to learn about HIV/AIDS and substance misuse
Act as positive role models especially for children with no parents or regular carers
Tackle discrimination against women and disabled people by adapting our courses and promoting inclusion
We coach coaches because:
Investing in people is sustainable
Vulnerable young people need regular, structured activity
Teams, leagues and tournaments need organisational skills which our training provides
Our courses enable coaches to gain new skills which enhance their employability
The above feature first published on coachingforhope.org.