Morocco 2016: Football as International Dialogue

June 15, 2018

July 2016

The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) report on their latest trip

The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) Staff Riz Gurjee, Ali Melling, and Students Tasha Ashraf, Imran Khan, Kamran Ashraf, Sarah Ahmed, and Mumtaz Ali, have just returned from a project in Morocco, where they have worked at an orphanage in Agadir to set up a football club for the boys and young men. The Centre Sauvegarde de l’enfante Garcons caters for around 92 boys up to 18 years. It relies heavily on the support of outside agencies and volunteers to help with skill development the young people. The objective of the visit was to set up a football club within the Centre. Ali Melling said: “There is a very strong ‘street football’ culture within the groups of young men and some outstanding talent. During the week, they practiced basic football skills with the volunteers and played a small tournament. The students bought all the boys trainers as they previously had to play in flip flops or their bare feet. They also provided six good quality footballs and some mini cones for training purposes”. The CVCL is seeking sponsorship for the Centre Sauvegarde de l’enfante Garcons football club and will be approaching local clubs. CVCL are also looking for coaching volunteers at Level One or above to go out to Agadir and deliver training camps. CVCL are seeking funding to bring some of these highly talented boys over to Burnley to train with local young people.