Sarah and George are a true success story of the FCSA Tandem Young Coach Education. In 2014 they formed a so called “Tandem” – a team that supports and guides each other throughout the education. Since then, every Friday evening, they team up again for training a group of the Old Boys Basel Dream Team.


Even two years after the education programme, Sarah and George are still a successful “tandem”. Every Friday evening they train around 30 kids with a disability. The kids from the Old Boys Basel Dream Team look up to their coaches and enjoy the fun sessions.


Project: Central Europe, April – August 2014

Club: FC Basel 1893 / Old Boys Basel Dream Team


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“Sarah (without a disability): Somebody once told me about the Dream Team. Then I went along and was immediately able to join in. Although, I do not have a disability it has become routine for me to play with them every Friday. And then last year the club offered me the chance to participate in the Tandem Young Coach-Education.

George (with a disability): I actually can’t remember how I got involved with the Dream Team. I have been playing here for a long time. In 2013, Mica and Benni did the education. I watched them a little bit and started to be interested. Somehow I wanted to be a coach.

Sarah: I never thought about being a coach before. But when I got asked to become a coach, I thought: Go for it.

George: In my opinion the coolest part of the education was preparing everything, the trainings and so on. The most difficult thing was to read my own handwriting. (smiles)

Sarah: Out of the whole education, I liked the Camp the most. This is where I was able to implement everything that I had learned for the kids with different abilities. That was pretty cool.

George: In the beginning it was really hard for me to stand in front of a group and speak up. But now, I am used to it.

Sarah: At first it took me a while to feel comfortable acting like a coach. In general, to stand in front of a group and explain something. But as I continued, I became better and better. In those situations it was good to be in pairs. There is somebody by your side and you help each other. Everybody is individual, thus everybody does things in his own way.

George: I would recommend this education to other youths, but it depends on whom. It’s not good to recommend it to just anybody. It is important that the person loves football and likes kids and youths.

Sarah: Well, I would recommend it to everybody to participate in the education as a Tandem Partner, because it is a great experience. Plus, it is fun and you learn a lot.”

Gallery Sarah & George

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.