(CPV) - Coaches recruited from across Vietnam and trained in Ho Chi Minh City, have returned to their home clubs determined to use the game to further assist their communities.
They are beneficiaries of the Premier Skills project, organised by British Council and Premier League with support from the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).
From a small group of coaches who took part in the event in late October last year the knock-on effect is now reaching the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children who are benefiting from regularly playing the game.
The coaches are working with Nguyen Dinh Chieu vision-impaired school (Hanoi), hearing impaired children from Niem Vui school (Phu Yen), homeless children from SOS Village in Vinh city (Nghe An province) and street children in Long Bien (Hanoi) as well as kids from Thuan An (Hue) and from District 5 and District 8 in Ho Chi Minh City.
Mr Robin Rickard, Director of British Council Vietnam said: “Football is an inspiring game and it has inspired this incredible set of coaches to go back to their communities and use it as a tool for good. It’s incredible to see people learn skills and then share them so it cascades to a much wider group. Our wider remit is to connect people in the UK with those in other countries – thanks to football we’re achieving that and the ripple effect continues to ensure more and more people benefit”.
Homeless children at the SOS Village in Vinh city (Nghe An province). (Photo: My Trang)
Much of the impetus and enthusiasm behind the football activities have been driven by the coaches themselves who had the chance through Premier Skills to work with community coaches representing QPR, Everton and Portsmouth football clubs.
Alongside the six above -mentioned community football clubs, a range of school football clubs at 12 high schools in six provinces will be founded under the project management. The coaches of these clubs are school teachers who also attended the Premier skills event.
Mr Giao Van Huong, a member of Community Coach Course, and head coach at "Ngoi nha hanh phuc" (Happy House) club in Vinh city said: “Attending the training from Premier League coaches was a great experience for us. Yet even greater is that the project provides us an opportunity to set up the community football clubs for Vietnamese children, especially for those who otherwise have limited access to this activity”./.