Coaching for Hope is an innovative programme which uses football to create better futures for young people in West and Southern Africa.
In August 2016 Coaching for Hope became part of TackleAfrica
The idea for Coaching for Hope was born when a children’s Parliament in Bamako, Mali, urged foreign donors to listen to them. They wanted access to sport. They wanted to play football and they wanted someone to coach them. The love of football can inspire, uplift, educate and empower. These young people showed us that sport is not a luxury, it’s an extraordinary tool which can be used as a force for good, enriching their lives and those of their communities.
In response, we set up Coaching for Hope in 2005, working in Mali and Burkina Faso. In 2009 we also began working in South Africa, ahead of the football World Cup.
We coach coaches to:
- Give vulnerable young people a chance to take part in regular football activity
- Teach them life skills and provide a safe place to learn about HIV/AIDS and substance misuse
- Act as positive role models especially for children with no parents or regular carers
- Tackle discrimination against women and disabled people by adapting our courses and promoting inclusion
We coach coaches because:
- Investing in people is sustainable
- Vulnerable young people need regular, structured activity
- Teams, leagues and tournaments need organisational skills which our training provides
- Our courses enable coaches to gain new skills which enhance their employability