Three students from Everton Football College have recently returned from a five-month-long coaching experience in Aruba, made possible thanks to Everything is Possible.
Cameron Grant, Luke Diggle and Liam White spent their time on the Caribbean island taking part in a European Solidarity Corps project, specialising in sport and putting the coaching skills that they had learnt from their time with Everton Football College into practice during their once in a lifetime work experience placement.
Their coaching placement has seen the three students mainly focus on coaching under-15s, planning and developing the sessions themselves as well as working alongside their usual coaches. The young Arubian players have been taught about structure and given a better understanding of football whilst in exchange, Cameron, Luke and Liam have been immersed in the Caribbean culture and learnt to communicate more effectively with players and coaches as well as learning to adapt their coaching styles to best suit the ability of the players they are working with.
Everton Football College has been partnered with Everything is Possible since 2019 and it was thanks to this partnership that the three young men were offered the sports coaching volunteering project in Aruba and due to the impact of Covid-19 internationally, the students were able to extend their stay until the end of 2020, providing them with excellent opportunities for personal development whilst also honing their coaching skills and competences.
Upon returning to Liverpool, the three students are now all studying a Sports Coaching and Development Foundation Degree delivered collaboratively with Everton Football College and Liverpool John Moores University where they have been able to apply their newly found skills and experiences to their academic studies.
Jason Doggett, Lecturer at Everton Football College, said: “We are extremely proud of what our students have achieved during their time in Aruba. You can see their development in not only their coaching practice but confidence.
Having gained this experience Cameron, Luke and Liam are now looking to travel to America in the summer to undertake football coaching roles. The opportunities that are given to our students are truly life changing and we look forward to continuing to work with Everything is Possible.”
Clair Brown, Director at Everything is Possible, added: “Our partnership with Everton Football College has gone from strength to strength over the last two years. We initially mobilised groups of vocational trainees on two-week sports placements and now we are offering individual long term volunteering placements where young people can build their personal and professional competencies whilst contributing to local communities who are massively in need of the support these volunteers can offer.
“Liam, Cameron and Luke were our first long-term volunteers on Aruba and were based with our partner Tur Cos Ta Posibel with a focus on delivering sports to grassroots football groups and in the YMCA, often having to adapt their activities and sessions to work with children without shoes as well as adapting themselves to the extreme climate.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Everton Football College, offering similar opportunities for current and future students to work in Aruba as well as accessing other sports and football partnership such as Spanish Profootball in Valencia.”
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, Everything is Possible is a not-for-profit organisation that encourages young people to improve themselves through volunteering and experiencing new cultures and they work with more than 25 countries worldwide, offering five categories of placements, short and long-term international volunteering, Vocational Educational Training placement, youth exchanges and summer camps.
For more information on Everything Is Possible visit www.everythingispossible.eu