The Football for Hope adidas Exchange Programme commenced in the central city of Hue on November 26, with the participation of 16 non-governmental organisations from Asia and Australia (continent).

Launched in 2010 by FIFA and adidas group, the programme provides a platform for organisations active in social development through football to exchange and develop expertise and capacities vital for effective programme delivery and their overall operation.

The event in Vietnam this year, hosted by Football For All in Vietnam (FFAV), features a workshop on “Development through football in schools” and a coaching seminar using the Coerver coaching method.

Participants will also visit local social welfare centres and join disabled children in a football festival.

Over the past decade, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has run a number of football events for children thanks to support from the FFAV, Pham Van Hai, a representative from the provincial Department of Education and Training said.

The province is now home to 140 football clubs, gathering more than 17,000 children, many of them from disadvantaged background.-VNA