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 on-going support to the graduates. This means they can deliver Coaching for Hope sessions and develop training initiatives of their own. So far, about 30,000 children have benefited from football and HIV awareness sessions and 700 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.
At Coaching for Hope, we know that it’s important to collaborate with other organisations to share skills, raise money and raise awareness. We have built strong long-term relationships with corporate partners including adidas and The FA.
Of course, we couldn’t run courses for so many local coaches and reach so many young people without the skills, experience and time that football clubs and coaches from the UK share with us. Coaches from Brighton and Hove Albion, Everton, Hull City, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur have all facilitated our courses and supported our work. Read profiles of some of these coaches (opens as a PDF).
As well as working with other organisations, we are supported by DJ Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, who has visited our courses in South Africa and Mali and donated time, energy and even football kit!
Current volunteering opportunities with Coaching for Hope
Volunteering Opportunities in Africa and India
If you’re 18-22 and want to spend three life-changing months with Skillshare International, helping to reduce poverty and injustice in Africa or Asia, find out more about becoming an International Citizen Service volunteer, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).
Many young people in Africa and India face poverty and inequality that make it difficult for them to realise their true potential. Skillshare International works with local organisations that give young people opportunities and life-saving knowledge.
There are many different volunteering opportunities, and one example is our Coaching for Hope programme that gives young people an opportunity to build really valuable life skills including team-work, leadership and communication. As an ICS volunteer with us, you’ll work with our local sport for social change partners to run activities for vulnerable young people, many of whom are no longer in the care of their families. You’ll get involved in football coaching for boys and girls to help raise awareness of issues such as sexual health and substance abuse, develop life skills and encourage them to stand up for their rights.
Other ICS volunteer opportunities involve working with young people using methods other sport. You could be with young people who are hearing or visually impaired, or who live in rural areas and want to start a small business. There are lots of different opportunities available.
You can volunteer in Botswana, Lesotho, India, Swaziland, Tanzania or South Africa.
Currently recruiting volunteers to start in mid January 2012 or mid April 2012.
Who can do ICS with us?
ICS is open to 18 to 22-year olds living in the UK who can offer 12 weeks to go to Africa or India. To be selected, you will need to demonstrate motivation and commitment to help others and aptitudes such as communication skills and the ability to work with others.
ICS is open to everyone, but those who can afford to contribute will be asked to pay for part of the costs of their volunteer placements overseas, while those with lower incomes will be able to go for free.
Find out more and apply at Essential requirements:
- Committed to learning
- Adaptable and flexible
- Sensitive to others
- Able to work well in a team
How to apply
To apply please read through Skillshare International and complete an application form.
Your application will tell us why you want to take part in the programme as well as what you think you would offer and gain from the programme. Before starting to fill in the form you will be told what information you need to provide.