Football United Myanmar
In 2013 Football United and the University of New South Wales worked alongside Myanmar Red Cross Society, Dagon, Mawlamyine and East Yangon Universities to develop a complex, multi-level football for youth and community development intervention that uses the medium of football to promote positive youth development, youth leadership and social inclusion in disadvantaged communities in Yangon and Mawlamyine.
In 2014, with support of Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Football United implemented football-based HIV prevention campaign “Protect the Goal” in collaboration with Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) and UNAIDS Myanmar.
After the two-year initial development phase, Football United organised an international ‘Football for Health and Development’ seminar in December, 2014, hosted by Dagon University in Yangon, and over 250 delegates from ministries, universities, NGOs, UN and international development agencies including representatives from ADB and AFC. The seminar was recognised as a milestone in the country’s sport for development initiatives for the successful advocacy to the nation’s ministries, academia, development actors and football industries about sport for social change movement, its ideology and methodology.
Currently Football United is working with four Universities to expand the scope of work to include a holistic approach that encompasses promotion of healthy lifestyle, nutrition, adolescent health, school mental health, disaster risk reduction and grassroots level peace building and development of resilient community. These include:
- Mawlamyine University
- Hpa-An University
- Dagon University
- East Yangon University