We may be in direct opposition to one Swiss side in the Champions League but coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and FC Basel were firmly united in Sri Lanka during the second project module of the Scort Foundation's year-long education programme in the former civil war region of Mannar over the weekend.
Coaches are tasked with educating young people to become grassroots football coaches for children with learning disabilities in both theoretical and practical sessions.
The programme is held at the Mannar Football Centre, built by FIFA and the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) in the Tsunami Relief programme.
Karen Hills and Trevor Duberry from the Foundation and Willy Schmid and Michel Kohler from FC Basel oversaw the progression of the second module.
This project, like other Scort initiatives, highlights the way that the power of football can be utilised
in a positive way, supporting communities that have often experienced years of turmoil.
Marc-André Buchwalder, Chief Executive of the Scort Foundation, explains the reason behind the organisation's work, saying: "It is our mandate to build a bridge between the two worlds of European professional football and the International Community in developing post-conflict regions worldwide. Teaming up experts of European football clubs can play a significant role in helping to improve the capacity of local educators."
The next module of the year-long social initiative will take place in January 2011 with the final module being held in spring 2011.