We believe in local solutions to local problems. Our aim is to support & empower Teach for All participants across the world to use football-based projects to transform the low-income communities of their school
We understand that not every community across the world experiences the same issues and so each of our projects are specifically tailored to solving a local issues. We do, however, offer each project leader the same support in three ways: financial, personal mentorship/development, a platform to share their story
By taking this personal approach and selecting teachers who are invested in the local community, each project will take on a life of its own and lead to our ultimate aim of long term sustainability
The Huracan Foundation was born out of the success and support of Huracan FC London.
The timeline below describes our journey from your average Sunday league football team to the Global foundation we are today.
A brief history of a unique club.
founded and named after Argentinian professional team - Club Atlético Huracán
set up Facebook Page
capture imagination of Facebook users in Argentina
2nd in SSFL division 4 and gain promotion
manager wears Huracan FC London on TV
reach 2500 Facebook fans
start selling their shirts to fans in Argentina, raising funds for a local charity
are page 3 News in the Metro Newspaper
win SSFL division 3
win Lucozade competition to train at Arsenal
tour Argentina and feature on ESPN
Appera on national TV in the UK
feature on FIFA Futbol Mundial
reach 5000 Facebook fans
promoted to SSFL division 1
Win 2000 in Phones4U Facebook Competition fans
reach 10000 Facebook fans
promotes global educational organizations
win SSFL division 2
reach 70 000 Facebook fans
visit Buenos Airesto initiate Taking our Impact Home project
Charity Cycle from London to Marseille
A visit to Sierra Leone by a couple of Huracan FC London players in 2012 was a pivotal moment for the foundation. We made links with the Craig Bellamy Foundation and soon after started to support a squad of 40 10-14 year olds in Makeni: Huracan FC Sierra Leone. The boys’ school attendance improved, they completed community projects in which they educated others about the risks of Cholera, and the CBF grew to become the country’s first nationwide league, reaching over 2000 boys and girls
The team contains 2 age groups that participate in Sierra Leone’s only youth football league, which is part of the Craig Bellamty Foundation. They have a local coach (Bob Winston) and have won awards for their community projects. The CBF league contains 2000 boys and girls. Teams are awarded points for school attendance (25%), community projects (25%), fair play in football games (25%) and football results (25%)
How do we support them?
What began as a small project in the classroom is now a full fledged enterprise – Just For Kicks – catering to 100+ schools & 1600 children in 4 cities in India. Just For Kicks leverages the power of football to build life skills among school going children, while giving an opportunity to develop a career in the sport through its flagship league which is one of a kind in India.
Just For Kicks has had deep impact by increasing school attendance rate, enhanced life skills & fitness apart from giving children a chance to get coached in some of the best football academies in India, like Arsenal Soccer Schools. Just For Kicks aims to reach a million children by 2020 and expand its wings to the Indian-subcontinent.
There are social and cultural problems in the Urabá region of Colombia. The complicated and violent conditions that many children grow up in here, has severely affected educational opportunities especially for young women. Girls in the school I teach are often under social pressures leave early and become pregnant rather than pursue a career. These social pressures are made worse because of the rural nature of the community and often girls find themselves dispirited to learn and have behavioral issues.
To address these challenged, we created Huracan FC Urabá: the first Female Football Soccer team in school and community, with the objective of develop leadership abilities in girls between 12 and 17 years old.
We have training sessions once a week. These sessions give the girls a safe opportunity to talk about social pressures in their private lives, help develop leadership within the girls and finally provide football training. The idea behind the games are born from ‘Soccer for Peace’ and are a fantastic opportunity the girls to help develop their sense of leadership, fraternity and confidence. The most important aspect of these sessions are developing our students so they proactively consider their future, a career and help them become leaders within their communities. From our 2014 cohort, we have 28 girls in the team, none of which have become pregnant or left education. The academic grades improved for all girls in the team and behavioral problems declined substantially. Three of the girls are now in process with professional football teams as high performance athletes and the captain of the team was chosen student representative of the school.
Please watch this short video about our project here
Please watch this short video about our project here:
Huracan FC Colombia is a project that was born through the lack of opportunities my 8-12 years old students had to develop non cognitive skills at school and to find a solution to use their free time appropriately. Our solution was to partner with a high income private school where we could get access to space and resources such as a football pitch and older students who worked as football coaches. Henry was my partner on this project where we achieved two main goals: (1) Improve my students skills on conflict resolution and perseverance which also transfered to better academic results on math and (2) Successful created a partnership between a public and a private school that started to collaborate with each other.
We launched the project last year in a Brasilian community overrun by the illegal drug trade. Initially our goal was to simply provide a safe place for children to play. Because of the nature of the area, a health environment did not previously exist. After we launches we realized there was a huge need to address issues regarding health, education and wellbeing. As children are not in school, they roam the streets where they encounter drugs, violence and crime. We now run sessions which allow these children to be part of a weekly structured training session. These sessions include team and character building exercises as well as football matches. By running these sessions we’ve seen an amazing improvement in the homes and school attendances. Perhaps most importantly, this project has given young people we work with the confidence to connect the young people of other projects and locations in Curitiba which helps to broaden their horizons and give them opportunities to experience change.
The story of two boys, Victory and Marlon, is typical of this project. They are both 9 and they’ve been part of the project from the start. They’ve been learning English on a weekly basis, begun helping around the home with chores and have now been connected them with local institutions who will further their education. Meanwhile, their footballing IQ has improved tremendously!
Huracan FC London
As a teacher I discovered that spending endless hours in the classroom with my students wasn't the key to truly...
As a teacher I discovered that spending endless hours in the classroom with my students wasn’t the key to truly supporting them and help them grow. Ive always loved football and so when I was teaching in London I set up the school football team. When I moved to Colombia I wanted to develop leadership skills in some of my students and set them up with a project coaching younger kids from Carlos’ school football. I have always been amazed by the potential of Huracan and the power it has to connect people. I am a big Huracan fan and it’s been a huge part of my life for 6 years now.
We aimed to tackle 3 problems with the project. 1. The lack of opportunities for young people (14-18 years old) to develop leadership skills. 2. The gap between private and public schools in Bogota. 3. The lack of chances that kids from low incomes get to play sport. The results were so good we decided to set up an organisation called CoSchool, in which we develop character and leadership skills in young people. Since 2013 we have worked with nearly 2000 young people across Colombia and it’s amazing to think that it started as a football project with just 25 students in one neighbourhood in Bogota. Hopefully our model can be replicated across the Huracan Foundation network.
Huracan FC India
I was another run-of-the-mill engineer before I took a different road and began teaching second grade children. During...
I was another run-of-the-mill engineer before I took a different road and began teaching second grade children. During this phase, I had my highs and lows with the latter largely with my inability to build a cohesive unit in my classroom. I found my answer to the issue in the beautiful game – football. Coaching children football and developing life skills through the game truly defined my experience as a teacher and my students’ experience of learning. During my early stage of experimenting with the idea of using football to turn around my classroom, Huracan Foundation gave me the mentorship and financial support that has eventually impacted not just the lives of my students but the lives of 1600 children through the project that eventually took shape – ‘Just For Kicks’.
Huracan FC Colombia
Being able to be a teacher for kids between 6-13 years old made evident to me that there is a lot to improve in the...
Being able to be a teacher for kids between 6-13 years old made evident to me that there is a lot to improve in the quality of education in Colombia and Latin America both in private and public schools. As an outdoor instructor I learnt that through experiential education, kids learn more and faster about themselves and their non cognitive skills than what they do at school. Now, I am the Pedagogy Director at KIDU, Latin America’s first large-scale after school education solution for the middle class focused on providing children with stimulating education in a safe, creative environment to improve 21st century skills and academic performance. The Huracan Foundation is what made me realize what my real passion in life is and is where I can work with experiential education to apply my belief on the importance of non cognitive skills which can make every kid happy and successful in life.
Huracan FC Urabá
I was a Maths teacher in a rural school in Chigorodó, a city in the middle of the region of Uraba Antioquia, a place...
During 2013 – 2014 I had the opportunity to be a Maths teacher in a rural school in Chigorodó, a city in the middle of the region of Uraba Antioquia. This place has suffered a lot with the armed conflict in Colombia. I have been always passionate with sports, especially Football. I felt the Girls in my school were often overlooked with regards to sports therefore, I felt compelled to start a project with the athlete girls of my school. I have always thought that sports is the best way to teach personal values and social abilities, especially to children that have grown up in a violent context. I see The Huracan Foundation as a network of teacher/coaches leaders that share ideas to build better communities around the world through the passion of football. I feel proud to be part of this network.
Huracan FC Brasil
I’m a football fan and truly believe in the power it has to change lives and give people opportunities for horizon change. I’ve...
I’m a football fan and believe in the power it has to change lives and give people opportunities for horizon change. I’ve experienced it personally and I’ve seen it take effect in the lives of friends on four continents. I became passionate about the Huracan Foundation when I heard their story and their passion for education through football. After launching Huracan FC Brasil last year, I decided to join them in Buenos Aires for the Tour this April and had an incredible experience. I believe our friendship is just beginning and I look forward to all that Huracan can become in South America and the world.
News article on tour to Argentina 2015How to share with just friends. Posted by Facebook on Friday, 5 December 2014
How to share with just friends.
Huracan FC ColombiaHow to share with just friends. Posted by Facebook on Friday, 5 December 2014