Location and general information
The Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education, Aurora, the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP) and the UEFA Foundation for Children are helping people displaced by the conflict in Syria, particularly children and teenagers living in the Azraq refugee camp.
The Association Football Development Programme Global (AFDP Global) intends to continue its ongoing project in the Azraq refugee camp to continue providing safe and supervised sports activities for Syrian children and teenagers. It will also train young Syrian adults as coaches and role models, developing their skills and ensuring proper supervision of the children taking part in the programme. The coaches will be taught English to develop their language skills and intercultural understanding so that they not only understand the game but can also communicate in a global language and in a multicultural environment.
The primary target group is children and teenagers (boys and girls) from 6 to 20.
The secondary target group comprises male and female adults, such as parents, who volunteer to be trained as coaches, team leaders and referees.
- Engage Syrian children and teenagers (girls and boys) by organising football and other sports activities in an appropriate, safe and supervised environment where they can remain youngsters and have some fun. In addition to playing and spending time together, they learn football skills and assimilate fundamental values of sport such as respect, fair play, team spirit and solidarity, and are also taught about specific social issues.
- Train Syrian grassroots football coaches and referees, teaching them how to run coaching sessions but also give them the skills to organise a league and run football clubs. Specific classes focus on refereeing skills.
- Include a specific life-skills curriculum, based on the context and needs. The coaches learn how to utilise the values of sport to encourage the children’s personal development and raise their awareness of certain social issues. The curriculum uses a fun, educational approach to address social issues and to focus, in particular, on conflict resolution and raising awareness of the issue of early marriages, birth control, the importance of school, health, hygiene and well-being.
- Provide equipment and upgrade the football pitch into artificial turf, providing a reliable infrastructure and safe zone for the children to play in.
In line with the aim of providing a safe environment for the project beneficiaries, the UEFA Foundation for Children, in cooperation with the AFDP Global and the Jordanian Football Association, has contributed to the conversion of a small pitch for girls (in 2018) to artificial turf with the support of LAY’S, a donor.
Two containers filled with artificial turf, construction material such as geotextile, adhesive, tape, maintenance equipment (including a tractor), and pitch equipment such as goals and corner flags were sent from the Netherlands.
- An average of 1,000 children and youngsters – boys and girls aged between 8 and 20 – regularly take part in the weekly sports activities and monthly football tournaments supervised by qualified educators, both male and female.
- Fairplay Football Tournaments will be held in the camp on the last Friday of every month.
- 19 male and female refugees will use sport, and football in particular, as a tool for social cohesion and conflict resolution, and will act as multipliers.
- The level of English will improve not only among the coaches but also the youngsters in the programme
- Awareness of trauma recovery, sport as a tool for social cohesion, the disadvantages of early marriages, and conflict resolution will be increased significantly.