Coaching For Hope
Coaching for Hope
Coaching for Hope is an innovative programme which uses football to create better futures for young people in West and Southern Africa. We're part of the international volunteering and development charity, Skillshare International.
We tap into the global passion for football and organise coaching courses where professional coaches from the UK train local youth workers to recognised FA standards. At the same time, the local coaches learn how to deliver HIV awareness and life skills sessions to young people in their communities.
Once the UK coaches leave, our programme staff provide ongoing support to the graduates. This means they can deliver Coaching for Hope sessions and develop training initiatives of their own.
So far, about 50,000 children have benefited from football and HIV awareness sessions and over 1,000 coaches have been through our courses.
The young people who benefit are vulnerable - many are orphaned or disabled. They have little access to sport and health education. The chance to play football in proper kit and take part in a tournament can be a life-changing experience which raises their confidence and self-esteem and builds valuable life skills.
The role of the PFA Coaching Department is to prepare its members for a secondary career within the professional game, possibly within coaching or management.