For Equal Opportunity
PlayOnside was founded in 2013 by Daen Kajeechiwa and Javier Almagro. Since the meager start, PlayOnside has grown to be one of the most influential sports organizations on the Thai/Burma border. Even though we have taken giant leaps as an organization, we are still humble in our approach, and continue to learn and develop both as a team and individuals.
PlayOnside aims to challenge gender-based prejudice preventing girls to participate. By close communication with the teachers and headmasters at the different schools, we encourage them to give the girls the same opportunities as the boys, and we believe we have been able to change the way some of the local communities look at girls’ football. This success is reflected in the girls participation rate.
Mae Sot is a Thai city on the Thai/Burma border with a substantial migrant and refugee population. It is a divided city, not only ethnically, but also culturally and socioeconomically. To combat these barriers hampering social cohesion, we believe football can be a powerful tool. Football can bring migrant/host communities together, tearing down barriers and build up respect and friendship across diversity. Also the different ethnic migrant communities live separated from each other. The aim of PlayOnside is to bring all communities in Mae Sot together through football, and give the children equal opportunity to play regardless of their background
PlayOnside host football integration clinics, tournaments, and football festivals, and give the communities a platform to meet, and learn about, and respect each other
PlayOnside has seen the potential of the local youth. There is a massive amount of talent and initiative, but a lack of professional opportunities. Through our Capacity Building Program, we are nurturing this local enthusiasm, equipping young local leaders with the tools to implement the PlayOnside program in their own local communities. We also aim to hire the local coaches, giving them the flexibility and trust to develop their leadership skills within the organization. Our coaching program teaches not only football-related skills, but also life-skills or soft-skills like respect and tolerance through sports. A coach is a role-model, a comforter, a negotiator and a team-builder. These aspects are for PlayOnside more important than the football-related coaching skills..