Open Fun Football Schools
In order to secure sustainable development and commitment to the next generation in Afghanistan, hummel has together with the football organization Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA) endeavored in establishing football schools for children in Afghanistan.
In August 2012 the first pilot school took place in Kabul. The Open Fun Football Schools days in Kabul went beyond expectations. Uniting 159 boys, 41 girls and 25 male and female coaches from 7 provinces, the Open Fun Football School was a place of dedicated training, youth power and smiles, and it created a very good foundation to build the future program on.
The days with football also enjoyed good media attention from, among others, TOLO TV, TV3 and Voice of America, thereby securing both national and international focus on the development of Afghan football and the country in general.
The experience of the pilot surely showed that football, and the common language of sport, can be used for peace-building and civil society development by fostering dialogue and teamwork between different ethnic groups. This will hopefully transcend to a national level.
Football is a remarkable tool when it comes to inspiring young people to open their horizons and keep them away from trouble and violence. CCPA and hummel are therefore eager to continue and increase their work with the children and in this way cultivate the future of Afghanistan