Qutaiba’s father used to work for the crime lab in Baghdad. His job put the family in danger and as their oldest son, Qutaiba was particularly threatened. He fled to Lebanon in 2016 and now wants to use sports to pass on social values and principles to the children in his community whom he works with.


Qutaiba volunteers at a foundation in Beirut, where he trains over 30 children. The children that attend his activities are from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He uses football to nurture their development and help them make more informed health decisions.

Qutaiba is driven by the smile that his activities put on the face of children.


Project: Lebanon, September 2017 – March 2018

Parent Organisation: UNHCR Lebanon

Born: 1995

Nationality: Iraq

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“I grew up in Baghdad and my father worked with the crime lab. Because of his job, my family was in danger. Since I was the eldest son, they threatened to hurt me. My father said, “if they kill me, it’s okay, but I don’t want them to kill you.” So, my family changed home, and I came to Lebanon alone one year ago. I lost my family, I lost everything. I see the children and people here and I remember my little brother and my family. I miss them.

I’m now studying mechanical engineering and volunteering for a foundation. I am on the youth committee at the foundation and also work with kids. Previously, I had a general idea about how to coach but now I have learnt the right methods so that the children learn and have fun at the same time. The training has taught me how to adapt to every situation, age or level. I now feel more comfortable coaching and the children are having fun.

There are so many bad things in our community, so we have to change this for the kids. They are the leaders of the future, so it is important that we help them. We might not have a lot of resources, but we use old car tyres for goalposts. As long as the children are smiling that’s all that matters. My activities have made children work together and play together – girls and boys. I use fun games to teach about what is good and what is bad for your health. When they play, children forget about the dangers around them.

I see all the kids I teach like my little brother. I feel happy when they are smiling. I want to be a role model for the kids, I want to make them find hope in sports.”


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 (conflict resolution, inclusion, HIV prevention, etc.) through football. Each of the Young Coaches represents a unique personal story.