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Since October 2018, the Football Club Social Alliance has been training 33 Young Coaches in Vietnam to provide safe and age-appropriate sport and play opportunities for children and teens. Last week, Austria Wien Academy Administrator and FCSA instructor Robert Urbanek attended the final module in Hue.

© Scort Foundation Austria Wien trains young coaches in Vietnam

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The Football Club Social Alliance is a partnership established by the Scort Foundation between Austria Wien, FC Basel, Werder Bremen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Schalke 04 and 1. FSV Mainz 05. The aim of this alliance is to make young people to child and youth football coaches, so-called Young Coaches.

Instructors from member clubs travel to selected locations and pass on their knowledge and know-how to locals. In addition to football skills, social skills are taught - and this is what happened in recent weeks and months in Vietnam.


The FCSA instructors Robert Urbanek (Austria Wien) and Kai Brock (Schalke 04) were in Hue from July 22nd to 26th 2019 to hold the third and final module of the Young Coach training in Vietnam. They were supported by Eko Sutiadi, an Alumni Young coach from Indonesia, who gained his first international coaching experience as a co-instructor.

While the first two modules focused on the principles of children's football, the use and benefits of learning games and the importance of role models, the last module focused on the aspect of inclusion: In addition to theory units on disabled people's football, the Young Coaches were given the opportunity to learn how football feels for blind and deaf people and how to adapt workouts to a variety of conditions.

With this experience, they conducted a final festival on the last day, where around 80 children with and without disabilities shared the joy of football. Training and theory sessions on topics such as anti-discrimination, cooperation and fundraising as well as seasonal and tournament planning complemented the program of the last module.

“Exchange and experience bring huge benefits”

The newly certified Young Coaches currently have more than 2,000 children and are highly motivated to continue to use what they have learned in their communities and organizations and also share with their peers.

The Young Coach training program in Vietnam was conducted by the FCSA clubs and Scort in close collaboration with Football for All in Vietnam (FFAV) and SOS Children's Villages Vietnam and supported by the Fondation Botnar and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Robert Urbanek, “For me it was a very good first project with the FCSA, especially the handicapped football unit was a highlight for me. Although we have the Special Violets team at Austria Wien, it was interesting to see how methodical the exercises were approached. My expectations for the Young Coaches are that they bring everything they have learned into the world, put it into practice, and train more young coaches for it to spread like wildfire, for me it was a very exciting week - something completely different. Learning from other instructors, the exchange and the experience are huge benefits for your own coaching.”

Châu, Young Coach, “Learning more about playing football with a disability is extremely helpful for us as young coaches because we have little to do with children with disabilities in everyday life, and I think these children feel left out. As football coaches we can now have them participate and not just invite them to the football activities in our communities, but also to integrate them more. I will try to involve football in my projects and especially disadvantaged children, such as children of ethnic minorities or disabled children. I want to give them more self-confidence through football, which hopefully will enable them to lead a better life.”

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