A chance for a male and female coach to undergo training with Arsenal Football Development coaches.

Arsenal and WorldRemit have launched the second edition of the Future Stars programme, that will see one male and one female football coach from Africa or the Americas undergo an exclusive training with Arsenal Football Development coaches in London.

The Future Stars programme was developed by online money transfer service WorldRemit and Arsenal to celebrate the positive impact that grassroots youth football coaches have on their communities.

The programme is free to apply for and open to youth under 16 coaches from across Africa and the Americas.

WorldRemit will sponsor two winners (one male and one female) to fly to London for a personalized coaching programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches. 20 shortlisted coaches will be rewarded with Arsenal shirts for their youth teams.

How to apply

Entries are now open on www.futurestars.worldremit.com or via a chatbot on the WorldRemit Facebook page until 4 September.

To enter, coaches simply need to complete a short application form explaining why they deserve to be granted this unique training opportunity and how they would use it to build a lasting legacy of positive change through football.

African coaches to benefit from Arsenal and WorldRemit’s second edition of Future Stars
African coaches to benefit from Arsenal and WorldRemit’s second edition of Future Stars

How it works

  1. From the online applications, 20 coaches will be shortlisted to receive Arsenal youth shirts for their team. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria by a panel of judges including Catherine Wines, Co-Founder at WorldRemit; Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Football Development; and Marc Thorogood, Business Manager at Arsenal Football Development.

Selection criteria:

·       The commitment of the coach to improving the lives of their community

·       The impact the coach has had on young people within their community

·       The strength of the coach’s proposal to pass on their training on their return home

  1. From the shortlist of 20, the judging panel will select eight coaches as finalists – four male and four female.
  2. The eight finalists’ stories will be shared and the winners will be chosen based on a public vote on the website.

 According to Andrew Stewart, Managing Director for Africa at WorldRemit, WorldRemit developed the Future Stars programme with Arsenal to shine a spotlight on youth community coaches who use their passion for football to build a better future for others.

The standard of applications for last year’s programme exceeded our expectations. We’re excited to build on this success and celebrate the incredible contributions of male and female coaches from across Africa and the Americas,” said Andrew Stewart.

In a statement, Arsenal Football Development Head Coach Simon McManus stated that the programme is all about recognizing youth coaches across Africa and the Americas who bring communities together and are changing lives through football.

Last year’s Future Stars winner was Hamisi Mohamed from Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy outside Nairobi, Kenya.

The Future Stars website will open for applications from Wednesday 14 August and applications will be accepted until 23:59 BST on Wednesday 4 September 2019.