F4F Young Coach Nivin from Syria: “This programme helps me improve my communicative skills”
Today, the Young Players started a week of practice in the multiuser simulator Football for Friendship World. Young Coaches help the teams achieve significant results. They unite the team, work through difficult moments, plan a strategy, and motivate Young Players.
Team Mountain bluebird’s coach Alketabi Nivin is from Syria. She now lives in the UAE. She is 15 years old and a big fan of cybersports. Her favorite game is Fortnite. She would like to play in a professional cybersport team in the future. As a real coach, she is quite strict, demanding but fair and helpful, and motivates her team to train more for the sake of victory.
A Young Journalist from Sweden, Dominic Kramberger, made a short interview with Nivin:
- How did you get into the 2021 Football for Friendship programme?
Actually, it wasn’t my initiative to participate. It was my brother, who saw an advertisement and thought that this would be a good idea for young people and especially for me to join and have this experience. Honestly, I am not as social as many others, I am pretty shy. This project helps me improve my communicative skills and to get new friends.
- Do you play football in real life?
Yes, but rarely. My elder brother and his son do. I prefer to be a spectator. I may watch the game from different angles, choose a team to support, feel excited about the result and see the whole picture. I am not a fan of any particular team, but I prefer to act according to the situations on a field. I am also a basketball and cybersports fan.
- I see. Speaking about money prizes in women’s football what do you think how much time will take to have equal rewards in women’s tournaments, comparing to the men’s?
As I live and work in the UAE, here we have almost no difference in conditions between local men’s and women’s championship. But I know that in some other countries the problem of gender equality in sports is remaining.
- What differences do you see between men and women playing on a field?
Well, men are physically stronger and also, they can bear any weather – hot, or cold, wind, rain… Girls are feminine, they are softer, they may not adapt to the weather so well, but they are also good players, very motivated, willing to win. And there are not so many girls in the stands – many girls are not interested in football, they like some other things, you know, make up, clothes etc.
- What can we do to attract more girls to the stadiums?
Well, when girls are young, they show the same interest in the game as boys, but then… I think we should popularize football among women, speak about it, tell the stories of brilliant athletes and exciting matches.