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.

Sarim’s story: Coaching offered a way out of poverty

2019-07-09T17:03:42+07:00July 8th, 2019|

Sarim's story: Coaching offered a way out of poverty Song Sarim, a full-time football coach here at ISF, was one of our first students to go through our Education and Football programmes in their entirety. Sarim grew up in Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey district and was 13 years old and working as [...]

The AIA-ISF Youth League builds friendships as well as fitness

2019-07-08T14:07:40+07:00July 2nd, 2019|

The AIA-ISF Youth League builds friendships as well as fitness for Cambodia’s young players Thirteen-year-old Lim Piseth* is currently a grade 7 student in state school in Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey district. Coming from a severely disadvantaged background, Piseth grew up with little opportunity to receive an education or to play competitive [...]

Football builds confidence among HIV positive players

2019-07-17T11:37:07+07:00June 30th, 2019|

Football builds confidence among HIV positive players Savda* was just six years old when his parents passed away and he was taken in by an organisation that offered him shelter, food, an education and healthcare - which was of utmost importance as he is HIV positive. Currently in grade 11, Savda studies [...]

Saren dreams of becoming an English teacher and footballer

2019-07-08T12:29:55+07:00June 26th, 2019|

Saren dreams of becoming an English teacher and footballer Receiving an education is an opportunity that ten-year-old Saren* has grabbed with both hands. Life for him isn’t easy but he manages to attend school every day, to study hard, to help his mother sell fruit in the evenings and to play football [...]

ISF brings Coach Development Courses to Siem Reap

2019-06-28T15:39:51+07:00June 16th, 2019|

ISF brings Coach Development Courses to Siem Reap Hot on the heels of the culmination of the ISF-AIA Youth League 2018/19, four of our coaches -  Panha, Channa, Makara and Thanin - traveled to Siem Reap Province to lead a football coach training workshop to teach others how to use football as [...]

AIA-ISF Youth League promotes improved health and well-being

2019-07-08T17:19:40+07:00June 13th, 2019|

AIA-ISF Youth League promotes improved health and well-being among Cambodian youth Kheng Ratha* joined ISF’s Catch-up Education Programme almost six years ago and at the same time, began playing football. Today, Ratha is in grade 8 at state school and playing football competitively in the AIA-ISF Youth League. Opportunities to receive a [...]

AIA-ISF Youth League 2018-2019 culminates in improved health and well-being

2019-07-04T09:54:58+07:00June 9th, 2019|

AIA-ISF Youth League 2018-2019 culminates in improved health and well-being for Cambodia’s disadvantaged children Over the past six months, 100 teams made up of almost 1,500 boys and girls participated in the AIA-ISF Youth League in Phnom Penh. This youth league, however, is no ordinary youth league. Its young, enthusiastic players comprise [...]

Sola’s Story: Inclusion for deaf players brings me joy

2019-07-05T13:54:54+07:00June 6th, 2019|

Sola's Story: Inclusion for deaf players brings me joy Sixteen-year-old Sola* began playing football five years ago as a forward for her team of deaf and hearing impaired players. Currently a grade 10 student,  Sola cannot believe the positive impact sport is having on her physical and mental health and the joy [...]

Hong Kong Football Club Tour: The power of football to unite

2019-07-04T09:40:35+07:00June 4th, 2019|

The Hong Kong Football Club's trip to Cambodia demonstrates the power of football to unite Cambodian children’s charity Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) recently welcomed 78 junior soccer players from the internationally renowned Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC) to complete in the 8th consecutive annual tournament co-hosted between the two organisations on 2 [...]

AIA-ISF Youth League – Latest results

2019-07-04T09:40:46+07:00May 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 [...]

Staff Spotlight: Access to education & sport changed Puna’s life

2019-06-28T15:40:45+07:00May 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 [...]

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

2019-05-27T09:41:01+07:00April 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 [...]