10 21 2014

Colombian youth train with Alliance instructors in Switzerland

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Yesterday 20 youth between the ages of 14 to 17 played football with three Alliance coaches from FC Basel 1893. The football-day was part of their trip to Switzerland. During some 10 days, the youth will play various sports organised by Switzerland’s foreign affairs department. The programme, which was accompanied by staff of the Colombian embassy in Switzerland, was held for the second time after 2013.

(C) The Football Club Social Alliance // Scort Foundation 2014

20 youth trained in Switzerland with FC Basel 1893 instructors

«It will be a day of fun and lots of football,» said Alliance instructor Willy Schmid last week. Then, he was preparing the football day in Magglingen, near Bern in Switzerland – and he was right. During various training sessions, 10 boys and 10 girls from the conflict-stricken Nariño region in Colombia enjoyed the world’s most popular game. Among the varied sessions was a tactics part as well as a part with fun games lead by Schmid, Joachim Eble and Sabrina Zingg.

(C) The Football Club Social Alliance // Scort Foundation 2014

The Pipe-Game, a form of team building exercise

From Switzerland’s ministry of sports, Mr Bruno Tschanz visited the sessions. «Football is the perfect game as it has the power to connect people. The day with FC Basel 1893 was great. Basel organised the sessions very well – there are some real professionals at work!», said Mr Tschanz after the sessions.

Also, the participating youth were happy to join. Futsal player Karen said: «I very much enjoyed the sessions, especially when they combined football and team handball. There is a lot I learned here, I can’t wait to share all this with my friends back home!»

(C) The Football Club Social Alliance // Scort Foundation 2014

Action in during the game

While the youth have already known about sports such as football, tennis, hockey or gymnastics they also got in touch with a Swiss national sport called «Schwingen».




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