Scort Foundation launched “COVID-19: Voices” interview series

18 June 2020

Scort Foundation launched “COVID-19: Voices” interview series

Scort Foundation has reached out to its Young Coaches all over the world, asking them what challenges they have to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the years, EFDN’s partner Scort Foundation has built a strong network of Young Coaches coming from all over the world. These are community leaders and role models who come from less privileged realities and, like us, they believe that football can be used as a tool for positive change. Through the power of sports, and particularly football, they want to support the children of their communities by educating them on important topics, such as conflict resolution, inclusion, HIV prevention, and many more.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has been and still is extremely challenging for the communities where the Young Coaches operate. This is why Scort Foundation has launched a new interview series called “COVID-19: Voices”. In each interview, they reach out to their coaches,  asking them to share their experiences and stories during this difficult time. From government restrictions to staying in touch with the kids, the Coaches explain how they are overcoming these challenges.

For example, Young Coach Andrew, who works in an orphanage in Mukono (Uganda), had to be creative and come up with new activities to keep the kids entertained during the lockdown. His colleague Albert recorded videos with instructions, hoping the children could practice at home.

Similar challenges had to be faced on the other side of the world by the Young Coaches working in Mexico, where staying in contact with the children has been difficult as many of them do not have access to the internet. To overcome this obstacle, Young Coach Eulises has been sending written instructions via message or even dropping off printed out material when he gets a chance. Meanwhile, his colleague Fernanda has been focusing on young refugees, whose future has been made even more uncertain by the pandemic.

Young Coaches in India are trying to support the many kids living in the slums. Due to COVID-19 the informal sector had to stop, leaving many households without their daily income. The coaches are distributing food and sending daily workout instructions.

To learn more about how these and other Young Coaches have kept supporting their communities the pandemic, visit their website.