Together with Lebanese NGO Fingerprint of Change, the Goethe-Institut Libanon organizes the Soccer Camp 2018, which will kick off in August. The camp caters to children and youth from four areas in Lebanon, along with a final tournament that will be held in Beirut, and a football3 qualification workshop designed for the coaches.
The football trainings will take place in Beirut, Tyre, Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley, and will be held separately in each area over a period of four weeks. Seventy-five children and youth from each area will be trained by experienced coaches. Boys and girls between the ages of six and 17 will play together.
Many of these kids live in harsh conditions. Some had fled the war in their homeland, Syria, while others grew up as Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Those holding the Lebanese nationality have limited access to education and wealth.
At the end of the training, the 300 participating children and youth will meet for the final tournament in Beirut, where they can show off their skills and share their common passion for football.
Prior to the soccer camp, coaches and assistants will participate in a workshop that will familiarize them with the Football3 methodology.
Football3 was developed by NGO streetfootballworld. Their methodology is inspired by street football, and a match has “three halves and no referees.” The aim is to focus on “fair play, equality and teamwork” as essential parts of the game.
Hiba Al-Jafeel, Football3-coach and former coach of the Lebanese U17-U19 women team, will lead the workshop.
Journalism workshops at the Ideas BoxChildren and youth of the Ideas Box, which is an alternative learning space created by the Goethe-Institut Libanon, have prepared themselves for the summer. Their aim is to report and write about the 2018 Soccer Camp, the trainings taking place in various part of the country, the final tournament, and – of course – to shed light on the football players themselves.
But how do journalists work?
Children and youth learned the basics of journalism during workshops. Fundamental questions were treated, such as: How do I take expressive photos? How do I film a video? What do I take into account when I’m writing a text or when I am conducting an interview?