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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.”


Our International Model

Internationally, ACN has a proven track record of delivering sport for development and youth work accredited and non-accredited training in Sub Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East. Each training offer is bespoke and delivered taking into account local context. Our speciality is working with communities coming out of conflict, who are working with youth using sport, to build stable, cohesive and peaceful communities.

ACN’s international work is fully integrated within the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. We recognise the key goals that fit into 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.

ACN’s International training follows a simple process pictured below. Following an initial scoping visit and needs analysis, we provide recommendations around training interventions that focus on workforce, community engagement, project management and a train the trainer package. The final piece of work includes evaluation and onward recommendations


Accredited qualifications

ACN have two qualifications that can be accredited internationally with 1st 4Sport Qualifications:

1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Developing Community Activities for Youth at Risk (age 14+)

This qualification is aimed at:

  •  Young people wanting to develop their skills as local community leaders and peer mentors
  •  New coaches who use sport as an engagement tool and are considering a career in youth work
  • Those who are new to community work.

It provides a comprehensive introduction to working in a community, as well as understanding the needs of youth at risk and how to plan engaging activities.

1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Delivering Community Activities for Youth at Risk (age 18+)

Aimed at staff and professionals who are already working with groups of vulnerable or at risk young people either in a community based setting or learning environment. This qualification focuses on; building resilience in young people; measuring impact, managing volunteers and planning and delivering a series of inclusive sessions to promote personal and social skills




Curriculum Topics and Learning Outcomes

Any of these topics can be used to create a bespoke training programme for any sport for development programme. A more detailed curriculum can be downloaded here.

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