Fortum Tutor programme has been chosen as UEFA's Best Grassroots Project in Europe. UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations handed the UEFA Grassroots award to Fortum Tutor programme on Wednesday May 15, 2012.
Fortum Tutor is a national programme launched in 2009 in partnership with the Football Association of Finland to develop the skills of coaches of junior football teams. The goal is to make sure that children have an inspiring and competent coach. The program has an impact on more than 20,000 children and their families around Finland.
100 football coaching experts have been selected as tutors; each of them coaches in over 2,000 junior coaches yearly. The coaches receive the concrete support and help they need in developing their coaching skills. Fortum funds the program, while the responsibility for the content belongs to the Football Association of Finland. The primary target group is the coaches of children from 5 to 11 years old. Children under 12 are at the most susceptible age in terms of learning the fundamentals of the sport, and therefore need an inspiring coach to support them.
"Fortum Tutor is a good example of a sponsorship programme where both corporation and national league devote to the future together - on children, young people. For us, it is valuable to support hobbies that help children to develop their social skills and sense of togetherness. At its best a good hobby carries throughout the whole life and decreases the risk of displacement. A skilful and motivating coach has a key role in the continuation of the child's hobby", says Anne Brunila Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Strategy, Fortum.
UEFA Grassroots Day is also celebrated all 53 UEFA member associations as part of festivities of Champions League Finals on May 19, 2012. The aim of Grassroots Day is to recognise outstanding achievements in grassroots football.
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