Our inclusive Football Programme, shortlisted for the 2018 Beyond Sport Sport for Health and Well-being Award,  provides over 4,000 boys, girls and young adults of all abilities with the opportunity to enjoy their youth and participate in children’s football in Cambodia. We work with state schools and NGOs in over eight provinces to develop grassroots football for severely disadvantaged children.

However, our Football Programme is about more than the joy of sport. It provides children with necessary knowledge and life skills to help them grow into happy and healthy adults. ISF and its coaches use training sessions as an important vehicle for social change and utilise coaches as pos­itive role models for young players who often lack them. Our Football Programme is sustainable and able to grow to meet the needs of the local communities.

In 2016, we opened the ISF Sports Ground, a purpose-built football field in Phnom Penh. It comprises two full-sized grass football fields (109×72m and 103×65m), an all-weather futsal pitch (30×21m), toilet and changing facilities, free parking and shading for spectators.

AIA-ISF Youth League – Latest results

2019-05-23T15:14:10+00:00May 20th, 2019|

AIA-ISF Youth League - Latest results The AIA-ISF Youth League 2018/19 launched on 9 December 2018 for a new, 6-month season.  The league is a joint effort between ISF and AIA (Cambodia) Life Insurance Plc (“AIA Cambodia”) with technical support from AIA’s Global Principal Partner Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (“Spurs”). The league [...]

Access to education & sport changed Puna’s life

2019-05-24T11:09:59+00:00May 17th, 2019|

Access to education & sport changed Puna's life 19-year old Puna grew up in extreme poverty where there was constant livelihood and food insecurity at home which meant that she missed out on an education and a childhood for the first ten years of her life. Today, she has overcome the odds [...]

ISF’s Employment Support opens doors for students

2019-05-17T14:01:31+00:00May 10th, 2019|

ISF’s Employment Support opens doors for Bunthai and Pong Kun Bunthai and Lun Pong are two young men that demonstrate what a difference an education can make - even a short education. Both Bunthai and Pong joined ISF as Catch-up Education students catching up on missed education and later integrated into state [...]

Advancing women’s economic empowerment in Cambodia

2019-05-24T16:03:55+00:00April 29th, 2019|

Advancing women's economic empowerment in Cambodia In Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, 25% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day. Of the city's urban, poor inhabitants,  50% live on less than $1 a day. A lack of education and access to resources means many are trapped in a cycle [...]

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks

2019-05-24T16:12:44+00:00April 27th, 2019|

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks Fifty-five year old Ok Sokoan is a single mother of three who has faced more adversary than most in her life. While two of her children live under her small galvanized roof in a slum community outside of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, her youngest [...]

Education and football give Be the tools to build a better life

2019-05-24T16:05:46+00:00April 10th, 2019|

Education and football give Be the tools to build a better life Sixteen-year-old Be, an only child living in a poor urban community of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, joined ISF’s Education Programme in 2011. From the onset, Be was interested in playing football but knew that girls from her background typically don’t play [...]

Education first, football second for star player Sreyda

2019-04-11T17:05:34+00:00April 9th, 2019|

Education first, football second for star player Sreyda At ten years of age, Sreyda* left her home in Takeo Province to move to Phnom Penh with her older sister who hoped that ISF’s Catch-Up Education Programme could offer her sibling a chance at receiving a quality education.  Sreyda is one of nine [...]

Football for social good: coach training

2019-04-01T15:30:11+00:00April 1st, 2019|

Football for social good: coach training Locations: Phnom Penh (March 18 - 22, 2019) Prey Veng Province (April 1 – 5, 2019) Last month, we launched a pilot outreach project to empower coaches in rural areas to provide access to sport and learning to socially disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Coaches in three [...]

Ian Thompson Memorial ISF Boys’ Tournament 2019

2019-03-26T11:59:23+00:00March 10th, 2019|

Ian Thompson Memorial ISF Boys' Tournament 2019 On Saturday, 9th March,  almost 500 young football players from around Cambodia travelled to the ISF Sports Ground in Phnom Penh to compete in the 12th annual ISF Boys’ Tournament, which saw teams travel up to seven hours each way to compete. ISF’s Football Programme [...]

Goldman Sachs Gives ISF Girls’ Tournament 2019

2019-03-01T16:43:43+00:00February 24th, 2019|

Goldman Sachs Gives ISF Girls Tournament 2019 On Saturday, 23rd February, over 360 young female players from provinces across Cambodia will travel to the ISF Sports Ground in Phnom Penh to compete in ISF’s 10th annual Girls’ Tournament, a day focused on celebrating women’s inclusion in sport. “I believe that football is [...]

All Abilities Tournament 2019

2019-04-01T11:51:20+00:00February 14th, 2019|

All Abilities Tournament 2019 On Wednesday, 13 February 2019, The ISF Sports Ground hosted over 200 players to compete in the ISF All Abilities Tournament. This inclusive football tournament, which offers youth with disabilities the opportunity to play sport competitively, is one of the few of its kind in Cambodia. Youth with disabilities [...]

Smart Community Cup 2019

2019-03-01T17:25:22+00:00February 1st, 2019|

Smart Community Cup 2019 We were thrilled to participate in The Smart Community Cup 2019 which took place 26-27 January 2019. This Football-based Youth Empowerment Tournament welcomed 240 youth (120 male and 120 female players), aged 14-18 years old and focused on: Using life skills through professional youth football coaching and competing [...]