Football for All in Vietnam

Hoang Thi Phuong Trinh, called Trinh by her friends, began participating in Football For All in Vietnam when she signed up for her school’s football club at 14 years old. “The more I play football, the more I love this game,” says Trinh, “That love keeps me with FFAV until today.” Soon after joining, she was doing much more with the sport she loved than she’d ever imagined, playing in tournaments, participating in exchanges with the Oslo Soccer Club in Norway, and learning valuable life-skills through educational games.

Trinh acts as a FFAV ambassador at the Norway Cup in Oslo

Trinh acts as a FFAV ambassador at the Norway Cup in Oslo

 

Today Trinh is a peer leader for FFAV, and now, at the age of 17, volunteers as a coaching assistant. FFAV is especially important to Trinh because the organization works hard to provide opportunities for girls to participate in football, as it is a male dominated sport in Vietnam. Her proudest moments are when she gets to be on the pitch with young players, sharing the joy of football with them just like she experienced when she participated.

Trinh's recent football team

Trinh’s recent football team

 

Football for All in Vietnam’s mission is to provide opportunities for everyone to play football. The organization does this through a network of grassroots football clubs that emphasize integrating life-skills into the world’s most popular game. FFAV focuses on marginalized groups such as the disabled, ethnic minorities, and those living with HIV/AIDS. The organization teaches the core values of trust, responsibility, and passion to young people through football. Their motto is “count smiles, not goals.”

"It is fun to play football" - Trinh

“It is fun to play football” – Trinh

 

One of their biggest events is the FFAV Cup, which brings together the entire network of FFAV childrens grassroots soccer clubs, including a team from Laos. “FFAV is important because they bring a safe and fun environment for children to play football and enhance their life skills through the fun games,” says Tinh, “For me, the success of the project is the smiles on children faces.”

Trinh and her fellow volunteers at the FFAV cup

Trinh and her fellow volunteers at the FFAV cup

 

For more information: http://www.ffav.com.vn/c51/homepage.html

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About Teagan Fleiner-Etheridge

Teagan Fleiner-Etheridge is from the small town of Leverett, MA, and is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University where she is an enthusiastic honors Anthropology student and Asian Studies minor. As a tri-varsity athlete and figure skater throughout high school, as well as a born and raised Boston sports fan, Teagan developed a deep love of sports. During her travels, she has experienced that nothing can break a language barrier like tossing a ball or cheering for the same team. She has had the great fortune to have now traveled to six continents, including a semester abroad in North India, where she completed an independent field research project. Teagan is a dreamer with a zest for life and a passion for people of earth and their culture, languages, and stories which she hopes one day to turn into some sort of wonderful career.

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