Teaming up with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the FCSA contributed towards social cohesion in Ukraine. Targeting internally displaced persons and their now host communities, the 39 certified Young Coaches will use grassroots football as a tool for trauma relief and reconciliation.
October, 2016 – May, 2017
Check out pictures of all three modules and get to know the future change makers of Ukraine!
YOUNG COACH EDUCATION PROGRAMME
In addition to being one of the largest countries in Europe, Ukraine is also among its poorest. The outbreak of the armed conflict in 2014 has caused a deep crisis for the entire country. Thousands have died and around 2.5 million people are displaced. The majority of refugees are women and children.
There is a great lack of attention to Ukraine, a country right at the border to the European Union. For this reason, the Football Club Social Alliance decided to team up with FC Shakhtar Donetsk to run its Young Coach Education Programme. Together with additional guest clubs, we educated 39 motivated young women and men. They learned how to offer regular sport and grassroots football activities for children, in a way that could create positive interactions between internally displaced and local children. Providing a safe environment to play and psycho-social support were the main topics of the education.
The first out of three modules took place in October 2016 in Shchaslyve (which means “Happy”), close to Ukraine’s capital Kiev. The second module, taking place in March 2017, saw the Young Coaches come together in Kramatorsk, a city in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, which is home to a large number of refugees. The third and final module of our education programme concluded in Shchaslyve, at the end of May 2017.
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 through football. Each of the Young Coaches represents a unique personal story.
Due to the armed conflict that erupted in 2014, Oleksandr was forced to leave Donetsk. He is now coaching underprivileged children in Western Ukraine. In addition to coaching his own group of children, Oleksandr takes pride in training volunteers to use football as a means of teaching about Child Rights.
Nikita is not a football player. However, he strongly believes in the power of the sport and the potential it has on providing psycho-social support for children. Instead of using his skills to work abroad, he decided to stay in Ukraine and help those most affected by the conflict – the children.
Karyna is a school psychologist. She works with traumatized children in Eastern Ukraine. Her city has suffered directly from the on-going conflict in Ukraine, including periods under rebel control. Although Karyna does not really care for football, she will still use the power of play to help children overcome their trauma.