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. In 2018, a follow-up programme and refresher course was run in Mumbai.
October, 2013 – November, 2018
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Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra, with a total of approximately 20.5 million inhabitants (metropolitan area population). India’s most populous city suffers from major urbanisation problems: widespread poverty and unemployment as well as poor public health and educational standards for a substantial part of the population. Particularly children and youth living in large slums are highly affected by these issues. This is similar to poor rural areas, where there is no or very limited access to school, play and leisure activities.
The FCSA ran a one-year social football education programme in Mumbai. During four modules 29 Young Coaches were educated. They work on a daily basis with underprivileged children, offering them access to sport and recreational activities and tackling the above mentioned urbanisation challenges. The Young Coaches were selected previously by the Alliance’s local partner organisations. They are not only operating in rural and urban (slum) areas of the Maharashtra state (Mumbai and Alibaug) but also in other Indian states (Karnataka, Goa and Madhya Pradesh). Together they formed a diversified group, including teachers, NGO workers, social workers, volunteer football coaches and other volunteers. The professional and cultural heterogeneity of the Young Coaches contributed to the programme’s wide outreach and high impact.
In addition to theoretical and practical skills in the field of grassroots and children’s football, the participants learned how to teach children social skills and values through football. Further non-football related sessions formed an integral part of the coaching education programme and were delivered by experts of local partner organisations. These sessions focussed on regionally relevant social topics such as women’s rights, water sanitation and hygiene, school dropouts or early marriage. Basic first aid training was mandatory for all participants to pass the programme and to receive the final certificate.
A thorough evaluation of the programme in India revealed that the 29 Young Coaches passed on the education to more than 500 Peer Coaches. Their outstanding social work sustainably benefits some 9,000 children.
In 2018, a follow-up project took place in Mumbai. The training served as a refresher course for 19 existing Young Coaches and a selection of their Peer Coaches. The programme’s content reflected the wishes of the coaches and provided them with new ideas and enthusiasm to continue their valuable work with the underprivileged children in their communities.
The follow-up demonstrated the deep commitment and passion which the Young Coaches and Peer Young Coaches have for their work, hence confirming the sustainability of our Young Coach Education programme in India. The findings from the data collected through our M&E research shows that there has been a 47% increase in benefiting children (from 6,300 in 2014 to over 9,400 in 2018). A contributing factor to the increase in beneficiaries could be attributed to the rise in the number of Peer Young Coaches also being trained to deliver activities.
Our Young Coaches are community leaders and role models in less privileged societies. They commit themselves to support the children of the communities by conveying important social topics through football. 29 Young Coaches participated in the education in India, each of them represents a unique personal story.
At the young age of only 24, Parvati from Mumbai is a true role model. She could have been a child bride like her sisters. But she became a coach instead. She fought for her right to play sports as a woman, and even started her own NGO that uses sports to empower especially girls from poor families.
Govinda from India grew up in a family with little money, and dropped out of school at the age of 12. It was through football, a sport he had never previously played, that Govinda transformed his life. He now delivers grassroots football activities for children, and trains other people to become coaches.