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 in 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.
Hue & Ben Tre
October, 2018 – July, 2019
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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 and 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 overall standard of living of the population – mainly in cities. Rural areas, however, are still extremely poor and the country faces several health-related issues. Children in particular are at risk of getting exposed to external health threats such as general hygiene (e.g. WASH), HIV/AIDS or alcohol and drug misuse.
In addition, children and youth from rural regions and poor urban centers regularly face various forms of discirimination and abuse due to their cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. They often lack positive role models in their communities and especially girls have limited opportunities to play sports such as football, as football is still viewed as a “male sport” and “too dangerous for girls to play”.
Aiming to address these problems, the FCSA collaborated with its main local partner Football for All in Vietnam (FFAV), as well as further project partners including SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam. The Young Coach Education trained 33 young women and men to become leaders and role models for the children and youth in their communities. The education provided them with adequate tools to teach children – through football – about the social and health-related issues in their communities.
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. 33 Young Coaches participated 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 went on to pursue a degree in physical education at Hue University to be able to make his passion a profession. Through the Young Coach Education, him and his friends established a football centre to coach children in Hue, giving back to the community.
Hien loved playing football as a child. She studied psychological education and now works in an SOS Children’s Village located close to her hometown. Hien sees the Young Coach Education as a chance to help her with her daily work with underprivileged children and being able to organise fun, educational activities for them.
Football has always been Sang’s favourite sport. Even without having a ball to play with, he and his friends would find whatever way possible to play. Sang now works in an SOS Children’s Village, conducting sports activities for children on a regular basis. He likes to use football as a tool to work with and help them to grow and develop.
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