Together with Lebanese NGO Fingerprint of Change, the Goethe-Institut Libanon organized the Soccer Camp 2018, which started in August. The camp catered to children and youth from four areas in Lebanon, along with a final tournament that was held in Beirut, and a football3 qualification workshop designed for the coaches.
The football trainings took place in Beirut, Tyre, Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley, and were held separately in each area over a period of four weeks. Seventy-five children and youth from each area were 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 met for the final tournament in Beirut, where they could show off their skills and share their common passion for football.
Prior to the soccer camp, coaches and assistants participated in a workshop that familiarized 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 El Jaafil, football3-coach and former coach of the Lebanese U17-U19 women team, led the workshop.
Journalism workshopsIn parallel to the Soccer Camp 2018 around 30 children and youth participated in a film and a radio workshop where they learned the basics of sport journalism. How do I shoot a video? How do I conduct an interview? What are the tasks of a sport moderator?
The film workshop with Charbel Kamel took place in Baalbek, Tripoli and Tyre. The result is a TV-sport pprogramme - by the way, the question what will happen with the football enthusiastic Mister Horse will be answered right at the end.
The radio workshop took place in the framework of the Ideas Box - an alternative learning space created by the Goethe-Institut Libanon. The reports of the children and youth about the trainings and the final tournament in Beirut are summarized in a radio broadcast.