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. In 2022, the FCSA and Scort returned to Colombia to deliver a follow-up education in Cartagena, a coastal town in the North of Colombia.
Barbosa (Antioquia), Cartagena (Bolívar)
July, 2015 – April, 2022
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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.
Surveys showed, the programme in Colombia benefits more than 13,000 children.
In 2022, the FCSA and Scort travelled back to Colombia to conduct a follow-up education, in collaboration with Fundación Colombianitos, the same local partner from 2015/16. During the 4 days, 20 Young Coaches that are still actively working with children as well as a selection of their Peer Young Coaches received a refresher course. In total, 39 participants took part in the training and could update their knowledge in grassroots football as well as learn new skills around the inclusion of persons with disabilities into their training sessions.
The follow-up also provided the coaches with the opportunity to meet and share ideas and strengthen their network of coaches across Colombia.
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.
When Ana María was young, girls and women were not supposed to play football. Only as a teenager could she start playing the sport she loves. Today she has her own sports school for underprivileged children in a neighbourhood in Medellín where she is from. Because of her own experience, she makes sure to include girls in the training.
Jarbi grew up in a community where drugs were extremely prevalent, and he has seen the negative impact they can have. Through the activities he is organising, Jarbi gives children and youth in his community the opportunity to see a better future for themselves, establish a daily routine and a life beyond drugs, violence, and crime.
Participating partner clubs
Main local partners
Further partner organisations