Football for Friendship launched International Academy for children football teams coaches

International Football for Friendship Academy is a free online course with a set of practical exercises aimed at improving the qualifications of children and youth football teams coaches as well as P.E. teachers. The Academy’s online course contains knowledge, practical advice, and recommendations on organizing training and promoting the values of a healthy lifestyle. The educational course is available in 10 languages: Russian, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi.

The course was developed by the authors of the sports and humanitarian educational programme of Football for Friendship. The CEO of Soccer Barcelona Youth Academy Miquel Puig, Delhi Dynamos manager Josep Gombau, Director of Regional Policies and International Relations Alexey Smertin, Manager of Technical Development and Social Responsibility of the Brazilian national football team Diogo Netto, Women FC Alkmaar (the Netherlands) coordinator GerardTimmers, football players of FC Zenit and FC Schalke 04, representatives of football federations from around the world, and many others participated in creating the course. During the events of the Seventh Season in Madrid, several practical video lessons were made with the participation of the Young Players and Coaches from different countries.

At the 2019 International Football for Friendship Forum Press Conference dedicated to the launch of the Academy, Real Madrid and Brazil Legend, World Cup winner and 3 times UEFA Champions League Winner Roberto Carlos highly appreciated the significance of the educational initiative of the programme.

 "Football for Friendship is an absolutely unique programme, and kids from all over the world wish to join it. Uniting the sports and humanitarian parts, the project helps Young Participants develop their talents, choose their way in life, and become bright leaders. The programme carries out an important mission, promoting the idea of equality of all the world’s cultures among the youngsters. If our kids learn to be friends and treat all people with respect, forget their differences, they will be able to build a better future," says Roberto Carlos.

The online course of the Academy consists of 4 modules: How to teach values, How to teach mixed teams, Life hacks for coaches of children’s teams, Key aspects of sports management in children’s football. The lessons have certain instructions from experts working with children, examples of exercises, which coaches can do with their students, fragments of speeches of experts of the International Football for Friendship Forum, tests, and tasks for individual work.

“The Academy will help coaches from around the world to develop their professional skills and let them become a part of the global community of like-minded colleagues. For many years football stayed the most popular and available sport in the world. This game helps kids learn to believe in themselves and develop their talents. For Young Players, coaches become their guides in the wonderful world of football. The Football for Friendship Academy course will help them perform their job at a higher level and change the lives of young athletes around the world,” says Franz Beckenbauer, the Global Ambassador of Football for Friendship.

"To my mind, the coaches of children's football sections and youth teams, as well as P.E. teachers practically are responsible for the development of the children's football all over the world. It is very important to help them with this job.  Studying at the International Football for Friendship Coaches Academy will help them improve their qualifications and successfully use new knowledge and methods in practice" says JosepGombau, the manager of Delhi Dynamos FC.

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The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship has been implemented by Gazprom since 2013. The key values promoted by the programme's participants are friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. Football for Friendship is supported by the UEFA, FIFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of different countries, children’s international charity funds, famous athletes, and the leading football clubs of the world. For the previous seasons, the programme has brought more than 6 thousand participants together and acquired over 5 million followers including famous athletes, artists, and politicians.


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