Building Equality and Self-esteem through Girls’ Football Coaching.
The first two Wild Frontiers Foundation sponsored young female football coaches are now putting their chargers through their paces during Saturday training sessions in Phonsavan, northern Laos.
The Wild Frontiers Foundation is working with Lone Buffalo, a community based project in Laos, to promote gender equality, self-confidence and well-being through a girls’ football coaching programme.
The programme, which has been developed under the guidance of FIFA trained local coaches, also aims to encourage social integration and develop understanding between different ethnicities. Miss La Xiong (aged 17) Miss Chua E Vue (aged 16) successfully passed their FIFA D license in November. They were coached and certified by the Lao football federation’s technical team.
The course comprises 3 days of theory and practical work, followed by a 4th day in which they received their certificates and participate in a ‘Grass Roots’ football initiative, which encourages young people to participate in football. They manned ‘skill stations’ and put new found skills into action by coaching other young people.
Lone Buffalo uses football as an incentive to attract more females to study at its English Development Centre, promoting health and fitness among young females. Overall female attendance at the English study classes is now above 40%.
The Wild Frontiers Foundation sponsorship for the female football coaching will continue in 2017, offering more girls the opportunity to participate.