As of March 2023, more than 13 million people remain displaced by the escalation of the war in Ukraine – with 8 million people currently recorded across Europe and another 5 million internally displaced. Almost half of them are children in need of protection. In collaboration with UNHCR and further local partners, the FCSA educated 36 Young Coaches from within as well as outside Ukraine who are working with children affected by the war.

GALLERY UKRAINE RESPONSE 2023

Our gallery gives you the opportunity to browse through a selection of pictures of our work in response to the war in Ukraine.

YOUNG COACH
EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Up until 2023, the war in Ukraine has led to the displacement of approximately one-third of the country’s total population – across international borders as well as internally. With men being bound to martial law and not able to leave the country, an estimated 90% of refugees are women and children.

Forced displacement and the exposure to traumatic events has a strong impact on any person’s mental and emotional well-being. However, children are particularly affected: Being torn out of familiar structures such as school, day care and other support networks and being separated from loved ones at such a young age often leaves them lost in dealing with their situation. Additionally, unaccompanied minors as well as persons with a disability are particularly vulnerable and at heightened risk to experience violence, exploitation and abuse.

Having inclusive and safe spaces where children can play, meet new friends, relief stress and simply “be a kid” is thus essential. It can help support their psycho-social well-being and facilitate their integration into the host communities. For this reason, the Football Club Social Alliance (FCSA) in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and further local partner organisations implemented a Young Coach Education in neighbouring countries of Ukraine. 36 committed young adults from Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Moldova got equipped with pedagogical tools to work with children affected by the war. They learned how to provide structured and educational football activities and thus to create a space where children feel safe and can create new friendships while being away from their homes.

Ukraine Response

35
Young Coaches
71%
Females
1:2
Multiplier Effect
52
Peer Coaches
>3,200
Benefiting Children

Young Coaches

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 (psycho-social well-being, conflict resolution, inclusion, social cohesion etc.) through football. Each of the Young Coaches represents a unique personal story.

PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

Participating partner clubs

Supporters

Main local partners

Further partner organisations