Wednesday 19 February 2014
Liverpool FC Foundation coaches returned to Jakarta last week to deliver training with the club's charity partner from the 2013 pre-season tour, the life-changing Premier Skills Gocekz Project.
The Gocekz Project is a social inclusion initiative founded by the Premier League and British Council's International community development programme, Premier Skills. Using the power of football, the project offers opportunities for young people around the world, with the Jakarta-based programme focusing on those from challenging and disadvantaged communities.
Last summer, Liverpool FC partnered with the Premier Skills Gocekz Project during their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia and gave a community training session at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex during their time in the region.
"The Gocekz Project is a fantastic programme which has created opportunities for more than 200 young people from the Jakarta area"
The partnership helped boost a thriving programme in Jakarta which, with support from local partners, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Jakarta State University, has helped change the lives of hundreds of young people from in the area, many of whom have spent time living on the street while exposed to crime and unhealthy lifestyles.
Upon forming the partnership with Gocekz, Liverpool FC Foundation made a long-term commitment to bring positive change in Jakarta and has now returned to the Indonesian capital. During the trip Foundation coaches delivered a football workshop for the 28 Gocekz volunteer coaches, visited the Premier Skills Gocekz Project in the Himmata children centre and conducted a need analysis of the Gocekz programme.
"The Gocekz Project is a fantastic programme which has created opportunities for more than 200 young people from the Jakarta area since its inception in 2012," said Mark Haig, Head of Operations at Liverpool FC Foundation. "We are proud to support Premier Skills and the British Council and it is important for us to continue to support the club's legacy programme and continue to promote our charity partners campaigns.
Liverpool FC, who also created charity partners in Bangkok and Melbourne last year, are dedicated to long-term contribution to Jakarta and the use of football to inspire change is recognised by Sally Goggin, Country Director at British Council Indonesia.
"We are absolutely delighted and very excited to be working with Liverpool FC Foundation on the Premier Skills Gocekz programme," Goggin said. "Liverpool FC are not only one of the top performing football clubs in the UK but they have one of the most active Foundations involved in community engagement initiatives.
"Their experience of working in their community in the UK to encourage football for all or to help promote healthy lifestyles is something that has resonance here but it is their international experience of widening participation in sports that we most value.
"Supporting the development of the Gocekz community coaches is incredibly important for the continued benefits that this project can bring to the communities in Jakarta."