The experience started in July 2017, when 3 coaches, with professional football coaching and playing experience, came together after attending an ISA training on a healthy lifestyle and empowering young people. We started working with the volunteers of a non-governmental organization in an underdeveloped area in Cairo called Manshyet Nasser. The project, over 3 months, aimed to teach these young males and females basic soft skills (like leadership, teamwork, time management, planning and decision making skills, etc…) and life values needed for their day to day life, whether they are still students, or graduates currently working. Over 20 sessions, we used the method of experiential learning with the ball; to always play a game/activity and then ask them questions so that they could reflect on how they felt and what they feel went right and what they think could go better next time.
Out of the success stories we encountered, was the placement of several girls in professional teams to better train them and for them to have a chance to actually play in the league next year. Also we have taught 10 lead members our coaching methods; by letting them organize trainings and tournaments so that they could carry on the activities in the area even after the project ends.
We have successfully reached 100 males and females aged from 15 – 30 years old throughout the whole project.
Gamechanger Noha from Egypt tells her story: