Social Responsibility

AFC brings joy to Rohingya refugees

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Bangladesh - Social Responsibility 2

Dhaka: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continued to touch the lives of Rohingya refugees and street children in Bangladesh through the AFC’s Dream Asia Foundation supported by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), Coaches Across Continents (CAC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Jaago Foundation.

The five-day programme started on June 17 with a Kids' Football Fun Festival organised for 226 Rohingya refugee children in co-operation with UNHCR. The children had the opportunity to play in a competitive and fun environment in small-sided games.

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On the next day, the CAC and English FA conducted a coaching education training for 75 Rohingya refugees who came from 25 different camps.

Most of the coaches attended the first training in December, 2018 and have used the knowledge to conduct football activities for children in their home camps.

The coaching education and Kid’s Football Fun Festival continued on day three with 40 coaches from BFF and 66 children benefitting from the programmes. The friendly tournament was also watched by over 300 people including the media.

On the penultimate day, more coaches joined the coaching education at the BFF House before the Social Responsibility programme ended on a high note when 75 children from the Jaago Foundation, many of whom had never played football before, participated in a friendly competition.

Chief Executive Strategist of CAC Brian Suskiewicz, along with four coaches from the English FA - Kevin Richard Coleman, Anwar Uddin, Taffazul Islam and Alena Charlene Moulton, conducted the training session and tournament to end the five-day event.

All the activities were organised to coincide with World Refugee Day which was celebrated worldwide on June 20.

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