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School trainers to promote youth development through football in rural areas

31 August 2012
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Alushta, Ukraine (UNDP) – On 28-30 August, in specialized Spartak Olympic Centre based in Alushta, Ukraine, Young Football Volunteers project (YFV) held their first Training of Trainers. The training was organized in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) and State Service on Youth and Sports.

Sixteen teachers of physical education and youth football coaches from rural areas of AR Crimea, Kherson and Mykolayiv oblasts were trained on Youth Development through Football methodology (YDF) or “Fair Play”. The training launched the series of events planned in the framework of YFV project.

Special guests opening the training included Aleksandr Belozyorskiy - Executive director of FFU Crimea, Anna Ivanteeva on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Crimea, and partners from GIZ - Tatyana Khimchenko and Iryna Malysheva. GIZ was the first organization to initiate adaptation and application of “Fair Play” methodology in Ukraine. Thus, the seminar was carried out by Evgeniy Chepiga, national UN Volunteer and a trainer on “Fair Play” methodology, and supported by Yuliya Kyrylova and Natalya Herez, GIZ experts on HIV prevention and trainers on “Fair Play”.

The participants of the training become certified instructors on YDF as well as volunteers of the YFV project. As volunteers, the participants will hold master-classes for their colleagues and share their knowledge and skills for further popularization of this methodology. The set of skills offered by YDF methodology is aimed at enabling teachers to educate young people on life-skills such as healthy lifestyles, HIV prevention, and prevention of violence through playful and interactive forms of football play.

“Interactive methods of teaching proved to be the most effective way of youth education. The YFV training offers a range of innovative practical skills and tools that can be used not only within the project, but also in our day-to-day work with youth,” said  Aleksandr Listopad, a trainer of specialized sport school in Bashtanskiy region of Mykolaiv oblast.

The goal of the project is to improve young people’s health and foster their civic engagement through non-formal education programmes and support. “We are happy to launch our first training within the project, which will create a network of YDF professionals,” shared Odina Salihbaeva, the coordinator of the YFV project. “The next steps of the project will include: follow-up cascade trainings/master-classes by trained instructors for teachers in AR Crimea, Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts. As a result, by end of 2012 we plan to have 100 certified coaches utilizing YDF methodology in their work with young people,” she explained.  

“It is not an easy task to motivate and involve rural youth in healthy lifestyle, volunteering, and civic engagement; yet it is possible. ‘Nothing is Impossible!’ is the core rule of our training, and we are going to expand this attitude among youth in all corners of our pilot districts,” explains Evgeniy Chepiga, UN Volunteer of YFV project.

Project “Young Football Volunteers: Sport and Volunteering for MDG”, 2012 - 2015, is implemented under support of UNDP, UN Volunteers Programme, UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace in cooperation with the State Service for Youth and Sports (SSYS) and Football Federation of Ukraine.

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