FA charity to bring Hope project to East Jerusalem

The Football Association of England's designated "Charity Partner for 2007" intends to launch its first Coaching for Hope school within the Asian Football Confederation in early 2007. International Service, a development agency working in Latin America and West Africa to "combat poverty and oppression by working to increase global understanding of development issues and improving local society in the world’s poorest countries" will introduce Coaching for Hope Jerusalem to "use the power of football to promote unity within fragmented Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem" the program's website has announced.

Coaching for Hope uses football and art to "empower disadvantaged children in the developing world; empower local coaches and youth workers in the developing world; help combat the scourge of HIV/Aids. Following the birth of the Coaching for Hope concept in 2004, International Service secured the official support of The Football Association and Nationwide making this a very high profile project with enormous potential," the NGO said.

The scheme targets two groups of people in the developing world: youth workers and disadvantaged children. The youth workers get football coaching tuition from top UK coaches, which will aid them in their work with children. They also receive vital training in HIV/Aids prevention. The disadvantaged children take part in football workshops which build confidence and self esteem as well as art education sessions that provide an opportunity for self expression.

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