The Papua United Football Club’s goal is to raise up leaders of integrity. We want to see young people transformed into people who can change the land of Papua and the nation of Indonesia into a land that flourishes. In short, Papua United’s goal is mentoring players to live with integrity.
Papua United currently has 195 players from 15 different tribes enrolled in our program. Learning to work together as a team breaks down the walls of tribalism and barriers of religious differences. Through soccer, the players learn positive treatment of each other and respect for themselves and others, and they grow in discipline and teachable attitudes. Papua United incorporates a coaches’ training program as well. Coaches are taught not only soccer coaching skills, but also how to speak into the lives of young men and women who are able to lead. The club leaders and coaches also teach players about the danger of substance abuse, HIV & AIDS awareness and prevention, respect for women and creation care.
Papua United FC was launched in 2011 with a coaches training in Sentani. It was a great inspiration to a handful of quality coaches who had been trying to use soccer to impact children’s lives but did not have the adequate resources and training to do so. From that coaches clinic, 2 teams were formed and other coaches were recruited. By 2014, Papua United Sentani had two boys teams and two girls teams. In the following years new teams were added and by 2017, there was a total of 9 teams. At present there are 14 volunteer coaches involved in coaching.
Our coaches passionately train their players in becoming excellent soccer players as well as honorable men and women.
In 2012 a second coaches training was held in Wamena and by 2013 Papua United had formed a boys team in the rural villages of Yagarak and Megapura. In the same year a boys team was started in the city of Wamena. Four dedicated coaches in five sites continue these programs several times each week. It has been exciting for us to see our players improving in skill and kids who are excited about their teams.