Returning to Likoni
June 2, 2015. CAC Founder Nick Gates blogs about our work with the Likoni Community Football League (LCFL).
In 2014, Coaches Across Continents had to postpone our program in Likoni (near Mombasa), Kenya due to ongoing terrorist threats in the region. We were delighted to return in 2015 to one of Kenya’s most pro-active football for social development groups.
We arrived on the first morning and cones had been set up to start Circle of Friends. We soon found out that these fabulous coaches were playing CAC games from 2012 and 2013 every week in Likoni. The Likoni coaches were all talented players, so the sessions were even more fun.
We chose role models like Tim Howard, Yaya Toure and Abby Wambach and went through the full set of games to include life skills, conflict resolution, health and wellness, female empowerment, child rights, and fun. The ‘light bulb’ moment of the week came during our Brazil for Attitudes game, when we asked the group to run like man and run like a woman, to kick like a man and kick like a woman. It was during this game that the coaches started discussing that it was their own stereotypical thoughts and actions that were preventing more girls from having the chance and choice to play. And true to our Self-Directed Learning model, they soon discussed solutions to solve the problem.
Easily the most fun game of the week was Wambach for Conflict Resolution, that resulted in some of the greatest celebrations seen in Likoni and some of the funniest laughs. The game summed up the incredible group of coaches who played every single game with joy, laughter and passion. The children of Likoni are incredibly lucky to have these educators running their soccer program.
The Likoni partnership is supported by the Taiji Group.