Soccer and education

The soccer club is an idea of a local church. The church offers 60 players (12-18 years) a scholarship. For 3-6 years they will receive: free soccer, education, food and clothing. if necessary they can live in a dorm. They practize weekly 4/5 times. The school and the fields are on our own campus. The dorm is near the campus and the basketballplayers (boys and girls) are living there too.

The soccerclub

The club as an example

Our club is an example for (youth)soccer in Indonesia. There are no clubs in the country that are working with a policy or a youthprogram. Clubs don’t have their own fields, we are blessed to have one international sized field and two small sized fields. There is no class to become a youth coach. We try to pass on our knowledge by sharing this as much as possible. We are ready to give free coaching classes, but the national FA (PSSI) doesn’t want this. Sometimes we get an opportunity to share our knowledge. Yearly we educate our own players of senior high with a coaching class.

Our U5 and U6 are practizing three times a week, the other ages 3x 1 ½. In December we are two weeks closed and in summer, during fasting, three weeks. We don’t have long holidays as we know in other countries. We practize after school between 15.00 and 17.30 on Mo-Fr. Our club 

has in total 180 players, 5-17 years old. We have six coaches and one coach for goalies. The younger players have to be brought by moped, parents stay till after practize. After 17.30 it becomes dark, we don’t have lights.

We want to bring our players at the highest level as possible. Each year our players are picked for several selected teams. Some already play as a professional player and we already had some who played for national youth teams. It is our goal to bring players to the top leagues of the world.

Games and tournaments

Monthly each age group plays 2x games or tournaments. Three of our teams attend a league with ten teams. Most of the time teams play tournaments. Most of them start in a group of four teams. The first two play the next day in a knock-out system. Sometimes we have to travel by bus one day before the tournament. Parents organize housing and food. Sometimes we have to travel 4/5 hours to play. A lot games and tournaments are played in our own town.

Coaches

At the moment we have six coaches, two are Moslim, one Catholic and three Christians. They all are licensed. Their license is a soccer license for adults. Each 14 days Ronald educates them in the latest news about youthsoccer. For most of the coaches working at our club is their own work.

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