Since the reunification of North and South in 1975 following the war, Vietnam has experienced fast economic growth and improved standard of living for most. However, especially the population in rural areas still struggle with poverty, disease and isolation. In collaboration with Football for All Vietnam and other local partners, the FCSA inspires young community leaders to use the tool of football and thereby educate children on social and health-related issues.
October, 2018 –
Our gallery gives you the opportunity to browse through a selection of pictures of our work in Vietnam. Enjoy the best moments with our Young Coaches, instructors and children in action.
After the reunification of North and South in 1975 following the end of the American War in Vietnam, damage from the fighting extended from unmarked minefields to war-focused, dysfunctional economies; from a chemically poisoned countryside to a population who had been physically or mentally battered. Despite these challenges, Vietnam has become one of south-east Asia’s fastest-growing economies. A nation-wide health programme was established and with international support and government run initiatives, the country has made impressive progress towards improving the health status and standard of living of the population – mainly in cities. Rural areas, however, are still extremely poor, and the country faces several health-related issues.
Although the health situation in Vietnam has been improving over the last decade, noncommunicable and infectious diseases remain a public health concern. Vector borne diseases, a lack of general hygiene (such as WASH) as well as HIV/Aids are some of the issues the country faces. Especially children are often exposed to external health threats, since smoking is common and alcohol and drug misuse are rising public health issues in the country.
Aiming to address these problems, the FCSA collaborates with its main local partner Football for All Vietnam (FFAV), as well as further project partners including SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam. The Young Coach Education Programme educates over 41 young women and men to become leaders and role models for the children and youth in their communities. The education provides them with adequate tools to teach children – through football – about the social and health-related issues in their communities, thus initiating sustainable change.
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. 41 Young Coaches participate in the education in Vietnam, each of them represents a unique personal story.
Loi grew up in Hue, playing football whenever he was free. He played football before school and when he came back from his classes, he continued chasing the ball with his friends until it got dark outside. He now pursues a degree in physical education at Hue University to be able to make his passion a profession.
Being a staff member at a Children’s Cultural Centre, Thu teaches art performance and offers cultural activities to children and teenagers. Not a football player herself, she is excited to implement what she has learned as a Young Coach in her work with the kids. Combining her activities with educational messages is especially important for Thu.
Participating partner clubs
Main local partners
Further partner organisations
SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam