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Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan

by Karachi United Football Foundation (Trust)
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan
Support An Athlete - Develop Football In Pakistan

Karachi United started coaching development program. The main objective of this program is to improve the quality of football coaching. This certification comprises of 6 levels and duration of each course is 2 months long (twice a week sessions for 2 hours each). A total of 30 coaches have enrolled for this course who attend the classes twice a week at Karachi United football stadium.

Karachi United with the partnership of Standard Charted has launched the league during this quarter.The objective of the “Standard Chartered Karachi United Youth League” is to provide a platform for Youth football teams from across the underprivileged areas of Karachi to come together, break barriers and inculcate the spirit and culture of sport and competition.


Karachi United Academy participated in inclusive football league which was commenced in May. Karachi United has engaged 8 madrassas which play against our 8 community centers. Before commencing inclusive league, Karachi United conducted 16 life skill sessions. In order to eliminate communication gap, Karachi United clubbed one madrassa team with community center team. A total of 36 group matches have been played as of writing date of this report. The semi-final and final will take place in August.

Karachi United initiated education support program for Academy players during this quarter. The idea is to support players’ education so they can continue to develop holistically. Karachi United collaborated with Nixor College who runs “Taleem sub kay liye” (Education for all) program where students of this college voluntarily provide educational support (English and Math) to Academy players.

A detail report on program activities has been attached below.


This quarter was highly productive as in this quarter Karachi United Academy has raised Pakistani flag at international level by defeating the Aspire Club in the final to win football tournament in Qatar. Karachi United Academy also participated in first quarterly tournament during this quarter and reached in final. In both tournaments players did an outstanding job and performed to the best of their ability. These tournaments were the great opportunity for the players to enjoy friendly competition in a safe and professional environment as they usually do not get the chance to play high level competitions. In Qatar, apart from the 8 competitive matches, the boys benefited from the experience of being in a professional environment and understood the lifestyle required to be a top athlete.

A detail report has been attached below. 


SCB-KU Youth League 2018:

The SCB KU Youth League, which was aimed at promoting sports amongst children, ended during the month of December. Baldia U-10, KU Academy U-12, Lyari Kakri U-14 and Agha Khan Girls School lifted the champion trophies of this league. The real motive of this league was to give these players who don’t get the chance to play high level competitions, a chance to experience a professionally organized international standard event. In order to increase the standard of the league, official referees and match commissioners were appointed for every match. A total number of 720 boys and 80 girls participated in this 3 months long football league that involved 44 teams – 36 boys and 8 girls’ teams. The boys were from the age category of U-10, U-12 and U-14, every category having had 12 teams each. Over a three months period these teams not only played 128 matches but were also involved in building the players’ character and improving their skills that helped them improve their quality of life in making their life better. The League gave an opportunity to coaches to select players for Karachi United’s Academy Program centered on elite player development. The following players were selected for the Academy Program: Hafizullah and Abu Bakar (Baldia Center), Naseer Jan (Malir Center), Abdullah and Mubeen (Lyari Kakri), Sameer, Ameer, Adbul Ghani and Ayan (Lyari Center).

The prize distribution ceremony was held on 17th December at Karachi United stadium. Mr. Imran Ali, CEO of Karachi United and Shazad Dada, CEO of Standard Chartered were also present on the occasion and distributed the prizes amongst the teams and players. The winners of the SCB KU Youth League 2018 are as follows:


Life Skill Training Sessions:

Karachi United conducted a total of 12 life skills sessions during this period in which the certified life skill trainer imparted cognitive and social skills in the athletes such as: decision making, coping with pressure, resilience, problem solving and leadership skills. The benefits of football and training sessions evoke huge amounts of passion, bring unity among players, boost up self-confidence and teaches time management. During life skill sessions, inspirational success stories of Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe were shared via videos with the young boys. The trainer explained that these players faced an uphill struggle to achieve success but never gave up on their dreams. It was discussed that determination, hard work and passion make you stand out in the crowd. It was also highlighted that our attitude and perception play an integral role in achieving success. If you see the world through a negative lens, ultimately it will provoke prejudice and animosity against each other. In order to see peace, friendship and harmony, one has to replace the negative lens with a positive one. Also, at the end of each session, the boys were asked to share what they learnt from the session.


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SCB-KU Youth League:

In order to promote the sport activities among the youth, Standard Chartered and Karachi United organized the youth league in the month of September. The main purpose of the league is to provide the platform to young players to showcase their talent to the world. Youth league provide the opportunity to play outside the community which will boost up their confidence and improve their game as well.

This youth league offer an array of benefits but the benefits extends well beyond the field. They start learning to communicate with peers, can build strength and speed that will aid their overall physical development as they grow. It will also encourage the young players to embrace the diversity. Some of the matches of the league were quite interesting and thrilling. One of the match is reported below:

The match took place on 14th October, 2018 between KU under-12 and Orangi Town. It was the most interesting match of the league so far. Though one of KU under-12 player, Adbullah got injured on the match day and was unable to participate. KU under-12 dealt with this challenging situation confidently and all 10 players showed outstanding performance. They won the match by 5 goals. Such kind of matches enhance critical thinking of the players, make them stronger and optimistic during the unfavorable situations.

 Football players need proper nutrition to stay energized and strong. In this league, KU provided ensure milk to players to keep youngster active. Milk is a source of protein and calcium, which digest slowly in the body for rebuilding muscle following any intense training session.

Friendly Matches:

During the month of August and September, friendly matches were held among the academies. The objective of these matches was to identify the strength and weakness of the teams. It also allows coaches to select the competitive and best players for upcoming tournaments. On the other hand, friendly matches also reflect the performance of the coaches and offer opportunity to the management to identify the weak areas of the training that needs to be improved. 

First match was held on 23rd, August, 2018 between KU under-14 and Ibrahim Hyderi Academy. The last 15 minutes of the match ware very interesting as both team scored 2 goals. It seemed match would be draw but in the last moment, the KU under-14 scored the goal and won the match. Muhammad waqar was declared the best player of the match.

The second friendly match took place on 12th, September, 2018 between Young Baloch and KU under-10. It was a struggling match for Young Baloch as they could not score a single goal throughout the match but KU under-10 showed marvelous performance and won the match by 8-0 goals.


Figure 1  KU Under-12 is celebrating the victory along with the coach



Figure 3 Young Baloch and KU under-10 are gathered after the friendly match


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Karachi United Football Foundation (Trust)

Location: Karachi - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Imran Ali
Karachi, Pakistan
$4,806 raised of $75,000 goal
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