Play for Change Charitable Trust (PFC) and the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) joined forces to up-skill and certify local coaches involved in the PFC’s sport for development programme, ‘Khelaun Khelaun’ in Nepal.
PFC began working in the Lamjung District of Nepal in October 2015 to help rebuild communities affected by the 2015 earthquakes. PFC’s ‘Khelaun Khelaun’ programme, which means ‘Let’s Play’ in Nepali, was implemented to help rebuild sports infrastructures in schools and up-skill local coaches so that children can participate in sport and recreational activities, whilst developing key life skills. Already over 3,100 children in 37 schools have joined the ‘Khelaun Khelaun’ programme today.
Volleyball was one of the activities chosen by the children at the start of the programme but the recruitment of qualified coaches combined with a lack of official certifications were key challenges PFC faced (as well as being crucial elements to ensure the continuity on these activities beyond PFC’s intervention). It was therefore a fundamental aspect of Khelaun Khelaun’s success to up-skill local teachers and coaches, and give them access to the right training and tools.
PFC collaborated with FIVB, who has the aim of developing volleyball as a framework for action, to increase opportunities for official coaching qualifications. It was therefore with great enthusiasm that PFC's Nepal team welcomed FIVB’s coaches in the Lamjung District, where FIVB delivered a certified training course to the Khelaun Khelaun coaches.
‘Our coaches are now equipped with the skills and knowledge to go to the schools and encourage the students to play volleyball from ground level. We now know the importance of playing volleyball, techniques, skills, rules and regulations.’, says Nabin Adhikari, PFC’s Nepalese Programme Coordinator.
PFC believes that Sport can provide a platform to help address burning social issues and they aim to provide effective, long term solutions by building capacity with local communities and local partners, such as with Global Action Nepal (GAN) in Nepal. This framework is designed to enable positive change in the community and the training has given the coaches the tools to address issues such as gender equality and female empowerment, especially as Nepal has an existing lack of female participation in sport. Through the programme boys and girls have been encouraged to play together in mixed teams; with over half of the 3,100 young people involved being female the programme has been a huge success so far,