Jacqueline and Patrick supported each other during the Tandem Young Coach Education 2015. Together as a “Tandem” they completed the Programme in Bremen and Basel. Since then, both of them work as Young Coaches with the disability football team of SV Werder Bremen – the Werder Youngstars.


Every Thursday, Jacqueline & Patrick train the Werder Youngstars. Together with other Young Coaches they train in total 4 teams with around 50 kids and youngsters with special needs.


Project: Central Europe, April-August 2015

Club: SV Werder Bremen, Werder Youngstars

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“Patrick: I have always been crazy for football but I had never been able to participate in a club because people had advised against it for various reasons. Four years ago, I got to know the disability football team of Werder Bremen and I have been a part of it ever since.

Jacqueline: I did my school internship with the CSR Management department of Werder Bremen and came to know and love the disability team. Since then, I voluntarily support the coaching staff every Thursday.

Patrick: I wanted to stay in the team but at some point I was getting too old to be a player. So I was asked if I wanted to take part in the education programme. That was the perfect solution for me because I can stay a part of the team – simply as a coach now and not as a player.

Jacqueline: What I liked most? Well, in fact I liked all of it, the whole week was a highlight for me.

Patrick: I found it awesome that people from all over Europe came to the education and to the camp. It was very interesting to hear that other countries have been offering football for people with disabilities much longer, and to see what they do differently.

Jacqueline: I run the “younger group” every Thursday with around 15 kids. It’s always nice to see them smile when they have fun in the practice sessions.

Patrick: I run the “older group” every week together with two other coaches. I will keep doing this for sure and will keep being involved as a football coach.

Jacqueline: The Young Coach Education is a great opportunity for everyone, who wants to get involved in disability football.

Patrick: I will definitely recommend this education because people with a physical or a learning disability can be coaches as well!”


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.