Youth team coaches from both clubs are helping a 33-strong group made up of both males and females to become certified coaches.
The one-year project is an initiative of the Football Club Social Alliance, a partnership founded by the Swiss-based SCORT Foundation in 2007, and will assist underprivileged Indian kids who live in the slums of Mumbai.
Leverkusen’s U13 coach Peter Quast, who is heavily involved in the project, said it was a very worthwhile scheme while local coach Pujari Parvati was honoured to be a part of the development.
“The aim of the project is to give people the skills and confidence to say: 'I've learned things here that I can pass on to other young folk in my own locality’,” said Quast.
Parvati added: “I want to be a really, really good coach and change the lives of the girls in my community.
“I grew up in the slum myself and know what kind of impact the involvement of girls in such sport and girl empowerment activities can have. I experienced it myself.”
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