Football can be a powerful way to educate young people about substance misuse, so The Alcohol & Drug Service was happy to help Coaching for Hope adapt its manual for use in the UK.
Coaching for Hope is part of Skillshare International, a volunteering and development charity (Registered Charity No 802576). Skillshare works to reduce poverty, injustice and inequality by sharing and developing skills and ideas, facilitating organisational and social change and building awareness of development issues.
Making the most of football’s huge appeal, Coaching for Hope uses football to create better futures for people in West & Southern Africa as well as here in the UK. The charity organises coaching courses where professional coaches from the UK train local youth workers to recognised FA standards.
In Africa so far, about 30,000 children have benefited from football and HIV awareness sessions and 700 coaches have been through the courses.
Tim Young, Chief Executive of The Alcohol & Drug Service, explains: “We were asked to adapt the information in the Coaching for Hope manual for use in the UK. Of course we were delighted to help. Since then the approach has been rolled out in Humberside and Hull City FC is on board to support the delivery of programmes.”Â