DSC_0034Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust have returned from Zambia after completing their 6 day coaching programme in the town of Livingstone. This year marked the 4th visit by the Trust since 2008.

The Community Trust team has forged a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the Zambia Livingstone FA Coaching Association and to date have visited Lusaka, Kitwe and Livingstone. The agreement with Livingstone has seen the Trust team deliver a Coaching Education programme and a Youth Tournament, whilst engaging and delivering sessions in local schools and communities.

During our time in Zambia, our STFiTC coaching team work with over 300 youngsters and 35 Zambia Association Coaches during their African adventure with the word of Swindon Town Football Club being spread far and wide.

SDC13771The Trust has supplied the Livingstone Coaching Association with footballs, kit and equipment which is all shipped over with the help of DHL and The Big Yellow Storage in Swindon. As an added extra for the most recent trip in May 2013 we installed solar lighting in a local school in Nakitindi, which has been generously supplied from ‘Lights For Learning. Being able to do this will make a colossal difference in terms of results with the ability to study for longer hours during the day.

A disability coaching project was delivered for the first time in 2013 too, with the opportunity of coaching and match experience and refereeing tutoring for young referee’s. The Trust work closely with a local Under 17 Team along other teams ranging from 12 – 18 years in addition this year saw the launch of the Girls coaching programme which was led by Beth Thompson and Jon Holloway.

Throughout the week to 10 day stays, the STFiTC coaches deliver a coach education programme to the 35 Zambia Coaches Association Workshop which covered many aspects of the game. This work is seen as a crucial element of the trip as it gives the coaches new ideas and initiatives to further develop the young players within the region of Livingstone and Nakitindi.

Jon, Beth and Clive deliver coaching sessions to local school children of Nakitindi, with the team working with over 60 children at the DSC_0452school whilst also getting an insight into local life with a village tour by local coach Charles. Luke,  Shane, Jon and Beth also delivered a number of skills based session where the children all went away with a football shirt each from the donations delivered to Zambia the week before. The Trust donated books, pens, pencils and educational materials to help the educational programme at Nakitindi School too.

The coaching programme in Zambia was completed with a big tournament where 16 teams of Under 18’s Boys, 7 teams of under 18’s Girls, 9 teams of Under 16 Girls and 15 teams of Under 16 Boys, all taking part in the STFiTC Festival of Football.  All of the teams received boxes of donations consisting of a full playing kit, t-shirts, junior and adult football boots and trainers.

The boys and girls took part in 7 a side competition with matches consisting of 20 minutes, with the top two teams in the boys categories progressing through to the Quarter Final stage. The girls’ tournament provided as much excitement off the pitch as on the pitch with girls dancing and singing for their teams whilst the boys’ games saw great celebrations every time the ball hit the back of the net. In 2011, the final of the boys saw Railway Stars triumph with a 3-2 win in an exciting penalty shoot out with their keeper receiving the player of the tournament tracksuit and shirt.

In the same trip of 2011, Amit Rama who was instrumental in the STFiTC coaching programme was presented with a Swindon Town 1st team shirt which is now proudly being displayed in the clubhouse at Bhurati Sports Ground alongside various photos and kits of Premiership teams.

Check out the 2013 Ball Giving Ceremony here:

DSC_0198The final evening of the trips see the STFiTC team and Coaches from the Zambian Coaches Association come together to celebrate the trips success. STFiTC were presented with individual gifts including a handmade beaded STFC logo whilst all Zambian Coaches received their certificate recognition for their attendance to the Coaching Workshop.  100 hand stitched Alive and Kicking footballs were distributed to each individual team coach and to various schools and youth groups throughout the coaching programme as well.

Each trip is an amazing experience for each and every coach that attends and the STFiTC team always leave Zambia knowing that the word of Swindon Town FC has been spread far and wide and that the good work carried out over the past 6 years in England and in Africa has helped to improve the standard of coaching and football in the regions of Kitwe, Nakitindi and Livingstone.

STFiTC would like to thank all the individuals and teams that have donated kit, money, equipment, footballs and much more to the appeals for each trip and it is kindly appreciated by the STFiTC team and residents of Africa. Also a massive thank you to NPower, Lights For Learning, Intel (our main sponsors), DHL and The Big Yellow Storage for all of their help and contributions to the trip.

All of the incredible work we’ve been part of in Zambia can be seen here:


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For a diary of the most recent Zambia trip in 2013 see these links:

STFiTC Team Arrive –

Day 2 in Zambia –

Day 3 of the trip –

Day 4 of Zambia –

Day 5 of Zambia (Coaching Sessions) –

Day 6 – STFC Light Up Zambia –

Day 7 & 8 – STFC Tournament –

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