Teaming up with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the FCSA contributed towards social cohesion in Ukraine. Targeting internally displaced persons and their now host communities, the 39 certified Young Coaches will use grassroots football as a tool for trauma relief and reconciliation.


Check out pictures of all three modules and get to know the future change makers of Ukraine!


In addition to being one of the largest countries in Europe, Ukraine is also among its poorest. The outbreak of the armed conflict in 2014 has caused a deep crisis for the entire country. Thousands have died and around 2.5 million people are displaced. The majority of refugees are women and children.

There is a great lack of attention to Ukraine, a country right at the border to the European Union. For this reason, the Football Club Social Alliance decided to team up with FC Shakhtar Donetsk to run its Young Coach Education Programme. Together with additional guest clubs, we educated 39 motivated young women and men. They learned how to offer regular sport and grassroots football activities for children, in a way that could create positive interactions between internally displaced and local children. Providing a safe environment to play and psycho-social support were the main topics of the education.

The first out of three modules took place in October 2016 in Shchaslyve (which means “Happy”), close to Ukraine’s capital Kiev. The second module, taking place in March 2017, saw the Young Coaches come together in Kramatorsk, a city in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, which is home to a large number of refugees. The third and final module of our education programme concluded in Shchaslyve, at the end of May 2017.


Young Coaches
Multiplier Effect
Peer Coaches
Benefiting Children


Participating partner clubs