Football Coaches Australia and XVenture are pleased to announce that two youth participants of the RISE football program have received individual FCA XV Essential Skills program scholarships to the value of $599.

The FCA XV Essential Skills Program is the new era in coach and personal improvement education. This unique program is delivered completely online in a revolutionary virtual world environment designed to create a rich and engaging learning experience.

RISE is a fantastic not-for-profit venture based in Coffs Harbour – which supports the refugee, Indigenous and less fortunate youth of the region with football as their core and community at their heart.

The recipients of the scholarship are two outstanding young Yazidi refugee leaders and footballers within the RISE program – Hadiya Adakhi and Nada Ali. Both are members of the RISE junior committee and are highly respected within their community.


FCA CEO Glenn Warry:

“FCA is excited to be extending our relationship with the RISE program. FCA and XVenture will also be making future announcements regarding initiatives that will support other coaching cohorts who may not be in a position to fund the professional development they require to achieve their sporting and professional goals.”

Founder of XVenture Mike Conway:

“Sport coaches have a huge contribution to make as leaders, supporters, mentors and role models for our next generation. They need to have the skills and they need to have access to learn these skills. That’s why the FCA XV Essential skills program matters.”

He also stated that the awards are in line with XVenture’s mantra of “giving opportunity and access to as many people as possible to learn about themselves and to live optimistic lives.”

The RISE vision is to ‘strengthen the individual’ and the scholarships will provide them with the skills and support to enhance their opportunities to achieve their goals. Both recently told their stories to the Newcastle Jets FC players and coaches, who are fantastic supporters and role models for the RISE youth.

Recipients talking to Jets

Upon receiving the award, Hadiya acknowledged the immense support that the scholarship will provide for her during her education journey.

“I am seeking to be school captain, coach of a mixed soccer team and to pursue a pathway towards the Newcastle Jets Women’s football academy. I have recently completed a Grassroots Coaching course and a Referees certificate,” she said.

“The scholarship will help me as English is my second language, so developing my communication, leadership skills and overall wellbeing would be helpful in achieving my post secondary school goals in nursing or the police force.”

Nada Ali also has similar ambitions, stating: “I am president of the junior committee at RISE and complete public speaking roles to promote RISE and my school. I have big dreams, and high expectations, regarding my future goals, which are hard to reach due to financial difficulties, so this scholarship is of great benefit to me. In addition to playing I am looking to coach my junior team having recently completed my Grassroots Coaching Certificate.”

Complete article can be found on the Soccerscene website.

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