AFC and AURORA expand pioneering youth development programme across Asia
Kuala Lumpur: Building on the widely acclaimed pilot e-Goal project in the West Zone, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), through its AFC Dream Asia Foundation, has partnered again with Jordan-based youth development organisation, Aurora for Training and Development, to expand the positive impact of the ground-breaking programme to the AFC Member Associations in the ASEAN, East, Central and South Zones.
The next phase of the 40-day virtual programme, which commenced today (September 19, 2020), will bring the total number of Member Associations engaged to 43.
More than 60 Youth Social Responsibility Ambassadors will be empowered with innovative and educational opportunities through which they can engage with fellow players and establish a network to support development post COVID-19.
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New pitch and changing room delivered to School 79
Ulaanbaatar: The AFC Dream Asia Foundation, in collaboration with the Mongolian Football Federation (MFF), delivered a new mini pitch, goalposts and changing room to students in School 79.
The proposal to build a football pitch was initiated in 2018 and supported by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President and AFC Dream Asia Foundation patron Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, after tragedy struck when an 11-year-old male student tragically died after a goalpost fell on him.
The AFC President congratulated all concerned in the opening ceremony on August 31, 2020, saying: “The new pitch at School 79 shows that the Asian Football Confederation lives up to its promise to make a significant difference to communities across the Continent.
Abu Dhabi: The UAE Pro League organised its first workshop for the newly appointed Club Safeguarding Officers (CSO) as part of the second phase of its child safeguarding initiative to ensure children continue to play football in a safe environment.
The UAE Pro League is the first governing body in the Middle East to launch a Child Safeguarding programme in May which focuses on preventing any risk of harm to children in football and increasing awareness of children safety and protection within clubs.
The virtual workshop featured guest speakers from leading organisations including Head of Safeguarding at FIFA, Kathryn Leslie and a representative from the recently-formed AFC Safeguarding Unit.
Major Abdulrahman Al Tamimi of the UAE Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre, the UAE Football Association Technical Director Michel Sablon and Callum Irving, a leading youth development Consultant, also joined the discussions.
Young coaches embark on inspiring journey in Vietnam
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and long-standing partners SCORT Foundation with the Football Club Social Alliance (FCSA), have teamed up again on Monday to strengthen communities in Vietnam with the launch of a new online education course aimed at helping young adults in the country tackle the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two-month long programme, which will also enlist the assistance of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), Football for All in Vietnam (FFAV), SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam as well as FCSA’s partners, Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen, will engage more than 30 young adults and coaches from different regions in Vietnam.
The latest course has been built on the strong foundations of the highly-successful 2018/2019 Young Coach Education programme in Hue and Ben Tre in Vietnam where 33 young adults were trained to become leaders and role models for the youth in their communities and is now benefitting more than 2,000 children.
Locals and immigrants forge stronger bonds in Chinese Taipei
Taipei: The AFC Dream Asia Foundation, in collaboration with the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) and the Global Workers’ Organization (GWO), launched the Immigrants Football Champions League to promote solidarity among locals and foreigners.