05 21 2014

A successful Module 3 in Mumbai

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From May 15 to May 19 Module 3 took place at the Don Bosco School in Mumbai, India. Again our Young Coaches were taught by The Football Club Social Alliance’s instructors. While there were some practical lessons, such as inventing an icebreaker game, there were also sessions with regards to more theoretical aspects, e.g. a workshop on external support or age specific coaching. Additionally our Young Coaches attended a compulsory First Aid training.

As in the past two Modules Alliance’s instructors shared their knowledge with our Young Coaches. Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s youth coaches Peter Quast, and Frederik Hölscher, explained how to set up a tournament with children. Furthermore they taught about agility training using an improvised agility ladder. “Often you don’t need high-end equipment to teach”, says Peter after the session. Having worked on other Alliance projects such as in Uganda, Peter is the one of the most experienced instructors. For his colleague Frederik teaching in India was a new challenge. Nevertheless the 25 year old was very happy to see the Young Coaches in action, “I was surprised how fast the Young Coaches learn and put their knowledge into practice”.

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Coaches in Module 3:
Martino Chevannes, Frederik Hölscher, Jesse Foyle and Peter Quast

Alliance member Queen’s Park Rangers F.C. (QPR) from London sent two instructors who were familiar with teaching in India – Martino Chevannes, QPR in the Community Trust Manager, and Jesse Foyle, Education Manager at QPR in the Community Trust. “What inspired me to get involved was having the chance to positively influence some Young Coaches who can then go out into the field and improve the state in their local communities”, says Jesse.

Putting theory into practice

In Module 3 the time had come for the Young Coaches to organize a football tournament on their own. While in the past Module they were supported in theory and practice by the instructors they now had to come up with ideas on their own. “You can see that they have gained a lot of confidence, as well as knowledge. As group they are actively interacting and learning from each other,” says Martino in the evening before the tournament. In the morning however things got a little bit difficult. Since the invited kids didn’t show up, the instructors came up with an alternative programme. Lessons that were originally scheduled for the upcoming day were therefore held instead. When the kids finally showed up in the afternoon, our Young Coaches adapted their plan to the tremendous heat on the pitch and worked with the children in the shade. However on Sunday it was time for a tournament and the Young Coaches put into practice what they learned so far.

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…and practice

On Sunday the time had come for a tournament. Quickly the pitches were marked out and the Young Coaches started warming up and later on acted as referees, organizers, timekeepers and of course coaches.

Improvements and room for improvement

Feedback talks are one of the key elements of the Alliance’s work. In groups of five the Young Coaches got together with a Scort employee and one Leverkusen and QPR instructor. Prior to the talks the Young Coaches had to fill in a form where they marked the abilities that they improved the most as well as where they see room for improvement. This formed the basis for the one hour talks in the group. Most of our Young Coaches stated that they improved their skills when it came to communicating with children as well as organizing football events. “Ability to overcome problems during your work with children on your own” was the field where they wanted to improve most. During the talks further problems were addressed, for example, how to advise children when it comes to stomach cramps and other food related issues.

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Our Young Coaches have become more confident when it comes to communicate with children.

These and other topics, that the Young Coaches brought up, will be further analysed and have an influence on the structure of the upcoming Module. Until then our Young Coaches have to keep on teaching and learning. And since homework is a vital part of the learning process. Again the transfer from theory to practice is a vital part. In groups of two they will set up an agility training as well as a training session for a certain age group. Additionally they’ll answer questions in their workbooks. Taking three pictures and writing a one page report completes their homework.

 Outlook: Module 4 and what’s left after?

The fourth Module will take place in October this year. After this the Young Coaches should be able to work with and educate slum children. The Football Club Social Alliance’s work builds on a socially sustainable approach. This means that after the three – or in India four Modules – the work has not finished. Staying in touch with the Young Coaches and the respective local partners that selected them is therefore a key element after the modular courses during one year.

“I feel that there is a certain sustainability because we’re handing over the emphasis to the Young Coaches. And as you can see here they have a passion for coaching and moreover a passion for the communities they live in. So I’m very confident that the work we’re doing here has an impact”, says instructor Jesse regarding his feelings about the long-term impact of the work in Mumbai.

Want to see more impressions from the Modules in Mumbai? Visit our flickr-page!