Children everywhere are missing football because of the ongoing pandemic. The Forca Goa Foundation has worked on an ‘At Home Coaching Programme’ that can help children to learn football skills and get feedback from licensed coaches while staying safe at home.
After conducting a survey with parents of children from its various initiatives, the foundation picked ‘WhatsApp’ as the platform on which the programme would run.
Each child who enrols in the programme will have a specific coach assigned. The sessions will include videos demonstrating exercises and challenges that the players are expected to practise and send a recording back to their allotted coach. Based on these recordings, the coach will provide individual feedback to each player and also help resolve specific questions on the drills. The participating children will also receive a Fairtrade football when they enrol for the programme.
The health and safety of children is the first priority for the foundation in this situation and while the foundation encourages children to stay home, they feel it is important that every child maintains an active lifestyle.
Besides football drills, the three-month long programme also includes videos and activities on nutrition, waste management and gender equality that have been carefully curated by the foundation’s team and its knowledge partners who are experts in their respective fields. Nutritionist Wellishia will guide the young athletes towards adopting healthy eating habits and Abigail Fernandes from Saahas, will give the children an understanding on how we can generate less waste and the importance of waste management. Waste has been a major environmental and health issue in Goa and the foundation hopes to educate young children to become more conscious and aware citizens.
The programme is open to boys and girls from six to 12 years of age.
(Parents who want to enrol their kids can call : 8080457728 or direct message on Instagram) )