Clara, a mother of three young children, works as a teacher at a local primary school in Dar es Salaam. In addition to her classroom lessons, she takes on the role of delivering sports sessions for all students – often supplying the material out of her own pocket to ensure that children have access to the benefits of sport and play.


Clara doesn’t only teach football or sport, she tries to convey life skills to the children. She wants the children to become role models for others in the community. Furthermore, her activities provide children with an outlet to express themselves beyond the classroom.



Project: Young Coach Education Tanzania 2019, Follow-up Education 2023


Parent Organization: Independent


Born: 1990


Nationality: Tanzanian

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“I grew up with my grandmother in Tanga. At the age of 12, my family and I moved to Dar es Salaam so that I could finish school and, later, go on to join the teaching college. Sport always played an important part in my life. When I play sport, I feel so happy.

I am the only teacher in my school that teaches sports because the rest do not really have an interest in it. I train both boys and girls. I encourage the girls to play and tell them that they can do even better than the boys. Although my school doesn’t have much equipment, I find a way to run training sessions. This often means I pay for equipment out of my own pocket. But at the end of the day, it makes me proud to see the kids succeed, and know that I have contributed to their success.

The kids often come to me and say, ‘I want to be like you’. I tell them, ‘You can be more than me, and you should aim to be more than me. Because this is me and, you are you’. I encourage them to do, and be, better.

The kids gain a lot of benefits from my training sessions because I don’t only teach football or sports – I shape the kids. I like the kids to behave well. I like the kids to be role models. I sometimes get a call from the parents telling me how their child has changed because of my input. For example, a parent told me that their child had cleaned his room before coming to training due to my input. I am happy to get this feedback.

The Young Coach Education changed my coaching behaviour a lot. We learnt a lot of things about how to deal with kids and how to deal with ourselves. When I am doing something or face challenges, I often reflect on the education. It really helped me. And this Follow-up Education helped me even more. Coaching might seem like something small, but for us [Young Coaches] it is the most important thing. The greatest thing that I learnt here was captured in one sentence when the instructor said: ‘We need coaches that teach the children how to use their brain, not just their power’. I really liked this information. Being part of this education was the best gift I could receive.”


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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.