Children who live in chronic poverty don't believe they can escape this fate. Moreover, even if children believe in a better future, existing pathways for escaping don't usually exist. Football for Life Academy (F4LA) is an extra-curriculum school-based programme inspiring children in the Philippines to break free from the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Using locally trained youth, F4LA supports children through regular structured football + education sessions to help them get ahead.
Despite a growing economy, the Philippines has the highest rate of poverty across the ASEAN. Almost 25 mIllion people live in intergenerational poverty. Just getting children into school does not ensure a quality education. Many schools do not have the resources to provide a quality education as students outnumber teachers by 150 to 1. Children need positive role models that not only encourage them to stay in school, but give them the tools, confidence and motivation and to escape poverty.
F4LA is an holistic play and life-skills programme that provides children with the opportunity to discover their own potential. By working in the least served public schools, F4LA will support teachers to invest in children through the inclusion of youth mentors and peer role models. Teaching F4LA inside schools will increase supportive influences for the children in football, in education and in their wider lives.
F4LA provides long term sustainable development by locally supporting marginalised and vulnerable children commit to their education, follow their dreams and ultimately escape poverty. The model has been recognised for its effective approach, winning awards for both social impact and sporting innovation. F4LA is entirely locally owned and is easily replicated in any community. With your support we can continue this vital work for children in the Philippines and beyond.