The ‘Heroes of the Cruyff Courts’ qualification teaches coaches to inspire children to take social action, by helping youngsters to organise sports events and activities in their community, utilising the safe space of the Cruyff Courts.
Cruyff Courts are multi-use outdoor sports spaces were designed to replace the hazardous street football environment, encouraging children to play outside in a safe setting.
During the workshop, coaches learnt about how they can help youngsters between the ages of 14 to 21 to create opportunities to discover and develop their sporting talents.
With this qualification, the coaches supervise an 8-week project undertaken by youngsters, where they will create their own community sport event. Examples of such events are football tournaments for local school kids, and inter-generational projects such as walking football sessions for young and elderly to participate in together.
Coaches support youngsters in key business functions such as financial budgeting and marketing promotion and also delivery functions, including the planning of the sports sessions and the organisation of the closing ceremony.
With long term goals of improving the physical and mental wellbeing of children through getting active, this project also aims to strengthen the youngsters bond to their community, confidence in taking positive social action and how to respect others.
Leah McAteer, the LFC Foundation’s Girls Football Project Lead said;
“It was great learning the skills required to encourage youngsters to find their voice in sport. We hope that giving young people this responsibility will inspire ambition to achieve, whilst also build their confidence in life both on and off the pitch!”
The Cruyff Foundation’s vision of improving the lives of children worldwide through sport and getting them active closely aligns with the mission of the official charity of Liverpool FC; creating life changing opportunities for children and young people. The relationship between both non-profit organisations has flourished over the years.
Back in 2016, a Cruyff Court was built in collaboration at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, located just one mile from Anfield Stadium and the base of the LFC Foundation.
This year, the LFC Foundation’s PL Kicks Football Team successfully entered the Cruyff 6v6 Finals, beating the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton’s community initiative teams, clinching the cup and being crowned champions!