In May, representatives from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation travelled to Sri Lanka to become involved with Swiss club FC Basel 1893 in a new social football initiative.
During the one-year programme, coaches of FC Basel 1893 and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will educate young people to become grassroots football coaches for children with special needs. This initiative is organised and coordinated by the Scort Foundation.
The trip was focused on the programme's first module, based in Mannar, Sri Lanka, allowing students to actively take the role of coach for the first time.
After attending two basic First Aid courses, students organised a tournament for 60 children from 8 to 12 years of age, with coaches from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and FC Basel providing support where needed.
The coaches were pleased with the organisation and implementation of the strategy and overall football tournament. Willy Schmid of FC Basel said: "We are confident that the young coaches will do a good job during their education programme and will improve a lot."
Dickoning, a project participant and ambitious football player, realised how the module can help him to achieve his career aims, saying: "My dream is to become a good coach for the children. Football is my favourite game."
The second module of the Scort-Project Sri Lanka will take place in August, with both Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and FC Basel continuing to play an active role in the experience and practical education of the young coaches.
Football is a vital vehicle to improve children's lives in areas of the world such as Sri Lanka. The skills and knowledge shared by coaches of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and FC Basel will be invaluable to young coaches aiming to become qualified.
The Foundation's involvement in this initiative has been funded by the Premier League's International Grant Fund.