Our Young Coach Education Programme in Colombia (July 2015 – April 2016) trained 30 Young Coaches in three modules of one week each. The project’s main social focus was on conflict resolution, peace building and drug prevention.
July, 2015 – April, 2016
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With the main goal of contributing to existing peace building initiatives in Colombia, the Football Club Social Alliance conducted its Young Coach Education Programme in Colombia from July 2015 to April 2016.
Colombia’s internal conflict, lasting for over 50 years, has cost approximately 260,000 people’s lives, including mostly civilians. According to UNHCR, additional eight million civilians were forced to leave their homes, which makes them the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons and of which many are children. The Colombian Departement Antioquia has been one of the most affected areas of the conflict for which it has been chosen as location for the Football Club Social Alliance’s Young Coach Education Programme.
The programme educated 30 young women and men from Antioquia and other regions of Colombia on how to organise quality football and social activities as a tool to promote reconciliation and coexistence. The participants were selected by well-established NGOs such as ICRC, Terre des Hommes and organisations from the Colombian Soccer And Peace network.
According to data in 2019, the programme in Colombia now benefits more than 13,000 children.
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.
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.
Five decades of armed conflict and organised crime in Colombia 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.
Participating partner clubs
Main local partners
Further partner organisations