CEO of the Manchester United Foundation John Shields and a number of football coaches will visit Ho Chi Minh City and provide free football coaching for local social workers and vulnerable children from June 30-July 3.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on June 30 that the coaching, the first programme of its kind in Vietnam, will provide 10 volunteer coaches from several football clubs in Ho Chi Minh City and 20 social workers with football skills as well as communication skills for working with vulnerable children.

Shields expressed his delight at the partnership with UNICEF to offer coaching for social workers and coaches in Vietnam.

Football has the power to gather people as a group, he said, hoping that the communication channel would open up more opportunities for children to receive necessary support.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Representative in Vietnam, declared football a healthy sporting activity for vulnerable children to integrate into community and develop essential life skills.

The Manchester United Foundation has sponsored a number of UNICEF programmes in Vietnam to protect children vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and neglect.

Funding is also used to support orphans, victims of child labour or trafficking, and others living on the streets or suffering from drug abuse.-VNA