UEFA and Kazakhstan Football Federation continue to implement the "Football in Schools" programme
The pilot stage of the programme was expanded in 2017.
In Kazakhstan, the project "Football Lesson" became the debut of the programme. Created on the basis of coaching technologies, the training method is used among secondary school students.
Along with this, educational modules for physical education teachers have been established. As part of this training, physical teachers learn methodology for training young football players.
The new cycle of the programme "Football in Schools" will last from 2020 to 2024. The project is implemented in the countries that are members of UEFA, and complements the development of grassroots.
In anticipation of the next steps in these directions, a thematic webinar, UEFA Share, was held.
The official speakers of UEFA were international experts Jamie Houchen and Stuart Grieve.
Kazakhstan was represented by employees of the KFF Grassroots, Youth and Women's Football Department.
"Secondary schools are important parts of the football community. It is here that children begin to engage in this sport. The "Football in Schools" programme is aimed at making the first experience positive for children and inspiring children to enroll in reserve club schools. Other tasks of the programme include popularizing football as a social and educational tool, increasing the number of registered players, further connecting football clubs and secondary schools, attracting volunteers from among professional players and coaches," said Yerlan Jamantayev, Director of the KFF Grassroots, Youth and Women's Football Department.
"The social task of the programme is to ensure that every child can play football in comfortable and safe facilities. Public schools are considered here as an ideal partner for cooperation regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and skill level of children," said Daniyar Anes, Chief Specialist of the KFF Grassroots, Youth and Women's Football Department.
The "Football Lesson" project was implemented in our country by the joint efforts of the Kazakhstan Football Federation and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The new aspects of the "Football in Schools" programme imply the continuation of fruitful cooperation between national associations and ministries of education of the UEFA members.
The implementation of the pilot part of the programme in Kazakhstan was highly appreciated by managers and experts of the European Union of Football Associations.
Now specialists of the KFF Grassroots, Youth and Women's Football Department are finishing work on a four-year plan, which is intended to implement the further concept of the project.
UEFA, for its part, will provide expert assistance and share the most successful European experience. National associations implementing the project will receive support under the HatTrick Programme.