Real Sociedad trains aspiring YUWA football coaches

10 girls and 2 boys are currently undergoing a two-week Advance Level Training Football Program at La Liga club Read Sociedad.

The young YUWA coaches pose in front of the Real Sociedad academy.   -  Special Arrangement

Twelve aspiring football coaches of YUWA, a Jharkhand-based NGO, are taking part in a two-week Advance Level Training Football Program in Spain.

Their training is being conducted by the players of the Real Sociedad academy, a La Liga club. The learning and experiences will help them train teams in India.

Incidentally, YUWA recently won the Laureus Sport for Good award.

YUWA and charity initiative BookASmile have come together for a second time to elevate the training experience of twelve young footballers — 10 girls and 2 boys. The group will coach 180 girls and also act as mentors to other YUWA coaches, indirectly having a daily impact on 450 young girls.


Members of the Yuwa Football Girls team pose with Boris Becker, Cafu (bottom, right) and Arsene Wenger in Monaco.   -  Getty Images


“We’re thrilled for our coaches to have the opportunity to train with a world-class La Liga team. The group will be taking their experience back to over 450 girls playing every day in 9 villages in Jharkhand,” said Franz Gastler, the YUWA co-founder, coach, and executive director.

Kusum Kumari, a 17-year-old undergoing training in Spain, said, “I’m excited to understand how we can structure our football sessions practically on the ground, from Real Sociedad. I hope to apply my learnings from Spain to my team at Yuwa.”

The group’s training is being held at San Sebastian from February 22nd to March 11th, 2019.


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