Promising Pilot Project in Bethlehem – West Bank
From the 5th to the 9th of October 22 young Palestinian women and men from the West
Bank attended the pilot of the Scort Foundation project 'Palestinian Territories'. During the
planned one year football education programme, the participants will be instructed by
professional coaches of FC Basel 1893, Werder Bremen und Bayer 04 Leverkusen on different
aspects of coaching. In co-operation with local organisations the young Palestinians
learn, how to teach social skills and core values to children through football.
With the opening ceremony at the International Center of Bethlehem (IBC), Dar Annadwa, organised
by Scort Foundation in the presence of Gigi Oeri, president of FC Basel 1893 and Scort
Foundation, the pilot project started. During the last week the young Palestinian women and men
attended the education held at the facilities of Dar Al-Kalima. The participants were instructed by
the professional coaches in practical sessions on the pitch alongside with theoretical sessions
about social skills and core values. These acquired skills will help the 'Young Coaches' to build
and lead their own football training groups in the future. Accompanied with these sessions an
educational contribution seminar on socially oriented topics was held by Rami Khader of the Diyar
Consortium Bethlehem on Wednesday. The workshop about group building, leadership and society
led to a lively discussion among the young women and men.
The Diyar Consortium, an association of Lutheran-based and ecumenically oriented institution in
Bethlehem, is Scort's main project partner. The organisation serves the Palestinian population
through all age groups and supports the people, who are affected from the ongoing conflict, with
social initiatives. Along with the other local partners United Nations and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in Near East (UNRWA), the SOS Children's Villages of Palestine and the University
of Bethlehem, the Diyar Consortium organises the non-football-related part of the programme and
informs the participators on locally relevant topics.
The intention of Scort is that the young Palestinians from the West Bank attend four different
modules during the period of 12 months. With the instructions of the professional coaches of
Scort's partner clubs and the support of the local organisations, they will be educated to children's
football coaches with social competence and become multipliers for their own environment. The
fact that the participants already work in regional schools, humanitarian programmes or sport
clubs, allows them to directly apply their gained skills and pass over their knowledge.
Hanin, one of ten women participating in the programme, reported: „I want to learn how football
can be connected with core values and be passed over to the kids."
Throughout the week the professional instructors Björn Schierenbeck, Ingo Goetze from Werder
Bremen, Carsten Baumann and Jörg Kappenhagen from Leverkusen and Willy Schmid from FC
Basel 1893 taught the 'Young Coaches' from initiating small sided games to the point of organising
a whole tournament. The final task for the participators was to organise a tournament for 100
local children from the age of 8-12 years, with only little support from the coaches.
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