Young Football Volunteers: Sport and Volunteering for MDGs

What is the project about?


The project is implemented in the larger framework of the national programme “Youth of Ukraine” and the State Social project “Let’s Do It Together”, actively contributing to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG), with a particular effort in achieving Goal 6 (combat HIV, malaria and other diseases). It aims to harness the social and educational potential of football and volunteerism as a tool to engage young people aged 12 to 20 living in rural areas of Kherson, Mykolaiv and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in active and effective participation in the life of their community.

What have we accomplished so far

During the two years of implementation the project has achieved the following:

1.     Awareness and skills to promote healthy lifestyle, volunteerism etc. are strengthened - 345 coachers/volunteers utilize youth development through football methodology in rural schools in targeted regions of Ukraine.

2.     Over 3084 young people reached through information, public awareness campaigns and sports events on MDGs, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence prevention, gender equality and civic engagement.

3.     Capacities of youth to engage in development actions and decision-making are increased through 47 local MDG youth initiatives, supported in rural areas and implemented through the volunteer participation methodology.

Breakdown of Major Milestones and Results

Category

Male

Female

Total

Coaches trained on YDF methodology

315

30

345

Young people reached through YDF methodology

1905

1181

3086

Young people reached through awareness raising events on volunteerism

267


173

440

Number of young people reached through 47 MDG youth initiatives events on MDG, including HIV prevention

7961



Who Finances it?



Donor name Total
UNOSDP (UNV) $ 246,110
UNV SVF $ 154,220
Regular (UNDP) $   41,814

How are We Carrying out Our Mission?

The project is implemented in the larger framework of Social programme “Youth of Ukraine” and the State Social project “Let’s Do It Together”, actively contributing to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG), with a particular effort in achieving Goal 6 (combat HIV, malaria and other diseases). It aims to harness the social and educational potential of football and volunteerism as a tool to engage young people aged 12 to 20 living in rural areas of oblasts of Kherson, Mykolaiv and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in active and affective participation in the life of their community.

By leveraging sports as an enabler to promote social cohesion, strengthen civil society and improve youth physical and social health, the project implements the following:

  •  Supports the national efforts to strengthen non-formal education through development and integration of “Fair Play”/“youth development through football” (YDF) methodology in Ukraine. YDF methodology aims at enabling teachers in secondary schools and sport clubs to educate young people on life-skills such as healthy lifestyles, HIV prevention, gender-equality, and prevention of violence through playful and interactive forms of football play. It was adapted by GIZ in partnership with UNV Ukraine and approved by Ministry of Education of Ukraine in 2011.  In Ukraine the methodology is popularized by GIZ “Fair Play” project and Young Football Volunteers.
  •  Strengthens capacity of schools, local institutions and other youth involving organizations to effectively deliver non-formal education programs aiming to improve young people's health and foster their civic engagement. In this area of work the project delivers trainings for school teachers and coaches on YDF methodology to establish a pool of 315 coaches-volunteers, who hold master-classes for their colleagues and share their knowledge and skills for further dissemination of this methodology. To support integration of YDF in schools and sport clubs, the project provides sport equipment and information, education and communication materials, and organizes local football tournaments. In addition, it aims to raise awareness of 6000 young people aged 12-20 (minimum 40% girls) through development and distribution of relevant information materials and awareness campaigns.
  • Creates enabling environment for youth to promote and implement community-based, MDG-related projects through volunteerism. In line with this component the project holds trainings on project development and implementation for coaches and youth leaders, and supports implementation of 75 local youth initiatives. In addition, the project encourages local institutions and leaders to promote young people’s involvement in planning and implementation of local development policy through creation of common action plans (50 plans).

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2012
Donor name Amount contributed per year
UNOSDP (UNV), UNV SVF, Regular (UNDP) $119.0000
Project Overview
Status:
active
Project start date:
01.05.2012
Estimated end date:
31.12.2015
Geographic coverage:
National
Focus Area:
Poverty Reduction
MDG
Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
Project officer:
Odina Salihbaeva
Partners:
State Service for Youth and Sports (SSYS), Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU), United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV), United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Related documents

Project Document

Project Report