The Football Club Social Alliance unites professional European football clubs which team up for social change on a global level. Permanent member clubs include FC Basel 1893, SV Werder Bremen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FK Austria Wien and Queens Park Rangers F.C. Our main mission is the Young Coach Education Programme in which the clubs’ instructors empower young women and men in their role as proactive community leaders.
Professional instructors of our member clubs train the Young Coaches following an especially developed curriculum with coaching, leadership as well as life and soft skills. Each programme consists of three modules and a minimum of 12 education days over a period of one year. For the around 40 Young Coaches, who take part in each programme, participation, travelling and accommodation costs are free.
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.
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.
Rizki grew up in Bandung on Java under most difficult circumstances. He believes in sport as a tool for social change and is now fighting to prevent young people from taking drugs. Read more about his moving story and how he uses the power of football to make his community a better place.
50 years of continous armed conflict and drug-trafficking in Colombia have put thousands of children at the risk of being illegally recruited by guerrilla groups, sexually exploited or killed. Through their activities, James and Eliana prevent vulnerable children from falling into a life of gangs, drugs and crime.
Due to regional conflicts, Rinto had to move several times in his childhood before he was able to settle down and study. Although he didn’t have any experience in playing football, he wanted to be a coach and work with children. Together with 4 other Young Coaches he now trains over 80 kids.
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.
At the young age of only 24, Parvati from Mumbai is a true role model. She could have been a child bride like her sisters. But she became a coach instead. She fought for her right to play sports as woman and finally even started her own NGO that uses sports to empower especially girls from poor families.
Sustainable and effective social change is our legacy. In fact, our programme is designed to have a long-lasting social impact by causing a multiplier effect among the Young Coaches. As of today, 375 Young Coaches have been fully educated and have shared their knowledge with some 1,800 peers. Thanks to their ongoing dedication, more than 38,800 children benefit from social activities on a daily basis
Peer Young Coaches
Founded in 2007, The Football Club Social Alliance has successfully implemented the Young Coach Education Programme in numerous conflict, post-war or developing regions around the world over the past years. In each case, the Alliance clubs sent highly qualified football instructors to the project regions in order to jointly inspire the Young Coaches in their work and teach valuable social and football-related education skills.
All partners and friends of the Football Club Social Alliance are united by the goal of using their social commitment to foster positive change. The long-term co-operation with our strategic partners is an important component to our success. We much appreciate the collaboration of all partnerships and hope to keep achieving great things together in future.