In early 2016 we piloted a number of small football coaching projects within existing community development work in Southern Thailand. Through the year multiple opportunities arose in Southern Thailand and we began to tentatively explore a relationship with FootballPlus. This culminated in May 2017 when FootballPlus in Southern Thailand was officially launched.
Throughout southern Thailand, many communities struggle with preventing their youth from becoming involved in drug use or the violence which continues in the area. These challenges have arisen due to various cultural and social factors and have created tension and concern within these communities. Community leaders often suggest that youth stray into misbehavior because of boredom and a lack of positive extra curricular activities easily available to youth. Moreover, in recent years concerns have been raised about the physical health and the rapid increasing level of obesity of Thai children and youth due to the lack of exercise, change of diet and increased access to Internet Technology.
Through working with local institutions and developing the FootballPlus academy in Pattani, we aim to bring positive change through football in Southern Thailand. We will use football and implement value-based coaching to change lives and communities, provide positive extracurricular activities, improve physical fitness and develop the skills & characters of the children and youth we work with.
Southern Thailand Focus
- We will focus on making positive change through football in this troubled area of Thailand where the ethnic minority of Malay Muslims are located. We will focus on vulnerable young men who often have low graduation rates and high rates of involvement in drugs and violence.
- Through working with local institutions and establishing a FootballPlus academy in Pattani, we aim to implement value-based coaching to change lives and communities.
- We will provide positive extracurricular activities, improve physical fitness and develop the skills & characters of the children and youth we work with.
The vision of FootballPlus in Northern Thailand is the transformation of individuals and communities through local football projects and we seek to develop intelligent and dynamic players through a systematic and creative coaching method which focuses on: Speed and Agility, Technical Skill, Tactical Awareness, and Sportsmanship.
FootballPlus provides the Thai and International community of Chiang Mai with a unique football experience as players benefit from an internationally diverse and bilingual coaching staff from around the world. FootballPlus Northern Thailand runs a variety of clinics, camps, youth teams and academies and all these programs are run in partnership with local communities. All the football activities which we run focus on developing football skill with experienced coaches, but also create positive and fun environments where kids from various cultural backgrounds can enjoy playing football in a positive social environment and learn valuable life lessons, such as: teamwork, hard work, perseverance, and selflessness.
For more information contact us on NorthThailand@footballplus.org