Tottenham Hotspur Foundation recently visited Sri Lanka for the third module of a year-long youth education programme run by the Scort Foundation.
Alongside Swiss club FC Basel 1893, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation work hand in hand as instructors on-site to educate young Sri Lankan women and men to become children’s football coaches.
Julia Brosnan, Education Officer at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, spent one week in the former civil war region, Mannar, in the north-west of Sri Lanka.
Part of the Scort Foundation’s “Football Clubs for Development and Peace” partnership programme, the European instructor team aims to use the power of football to improve people’s lives in Sri Lanka.
In this third module the instructors hand over additional tools in the form of exercises and games to enlarge the variety of training methods of the young coaches. They in return lead their own training groups, apply the skills and knowledge gained when working with local children, and therefore act as role models within their community.
Julia Brosnan said: ““Seeing the development of the coaches is fantastic. Their skills have really advanced throughout the week and will benefit those they will go on to coach. I’m pleased to be a part of the programme and seeing the benefits of the work we do in Sri Lanka is incredibly rewarding and something Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is proud to be involved in.”
The Scort Foundation, founded in January 2007, is a non profit organisation based in Basel, Switzerland, that runs football education programmes for children and young people in post conflict regions abroad but also for disabled children in Switzerland.
It’s ‘Football Clubs for Development and Peace’ partnership programme brings together top European football clubs to “team up to empower role models”. Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s involvement in this partnership was facilitated by the Premier League, who have invested in the project through its International Small Grants Fund.
The project includes four modules spread over one year and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation sends its experts in football coaching and community work for each module. We will return to Mannar in March to further educate the students so that they are able to work independently with their group in the future.