Our International Work

ACN has a proven track record of delivering sport for development and youth work consultancy and training in Sub Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East. Each piece of work is bespoke and in response to local need. ACN specialise in working with communities coming out of conflict, who are working with youth using a range of activities to build stable, cohesive and peaceful communities.


Our International Model

ACN’s international work aligns closely to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Key goals fit with our model and our proven Theory of Change, demonstrating the journey of a young person through a sport for development programme. For example, “Goal 1: End Poverty” relates to the personal development part of a young person’s journey. This is where transferable social, employment and life skills practiced throughout the sports engagement sessions, lead to improved well-being, economic participation, productivity and resilience. Many of the goals such as Gender Equality, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities and Inclusive Societies, are promoted via youth leadership programmes and capacity building training. See model below as to how the SDGs relate to our resilience, stability and cohesion curriculum.


SDGs relating to ACN's model

SDGs relating to ACN's model

ACN's Theory of Change

ACN's Theory of Change


ACN’s International work follows a simple process: an initial scoping visit and needs analysis of the project followed by an action plan and recommendations around training interventions that focus on workforce, community engagement and project management. The final piece involves overall evaluation and onward recommendations. 


Accredited Qualifications 

ACN have two qualifications that can be accredited internationally with the Awarding Organisation 1st 4Sport Qualifications, providing a pathway for young people, staff and volunteers to gain relevant acceditation for the youth and community work they do:

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Developing Community Activities for Youth at Risk Level 1 

A vocational qualification aimed at supporting young volunteers and coaches working in deprived communities. An excellent starting point for those considering a career in youth work or those who are new to community work.

A 2 day course aimed at 14+


Developing Community Activities for Youth at Risk Level 2

This qualification is aimed at those who are already working with young people in communities and requires learners to demonstrate more in depth understanding of topics such as issues faced by deprived communities, partnership working, building resilience in young people, volunteer management and measuring impact of community projects.

A 4 day course + 30 hours planning and delivery time


Curriculum Topics 

Download a full copy of our brochure outlining the International work to date and an extensive training curriculum. 

ACN Curriculum Topics


For any information regarding the international programme please submit a message below and our team will get back to you as soon as they can. 

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 Dima Moussa - Project Coordinator, British Council Lebanon

“In our Strengthening Resilience project in Tripoli, we targeted 250 young people across different vulnerable areas in North Lebanon, some of whom were involved in civil war and fighting. ACN delivered training to community coaches representing NGOs in Tripoli.

The coaches learned how to use sport to build resilience and engage young people with a wide range of issues. The training had a great impact on the coaches understanding of how they can utilise different sports activities to build strong resilient characters in the young people they work with. I see the training they have learned embedded in every session I see, I would recommend their work to other programmes.”

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