• Coaches Across Continents launches “Step Up – Career Development” for Professional Female Athletes

    Years of participation in competitive sports not only shape athletes bodies, but, just as much, their character, their social, emotional and organizational skills. Athletes tend to be team players, self-organized people of high resilience, drive and adaptability. They are leaders and hard workers. They are, in other words, everything an employer should be looking for in their recruiting.

    Yet, former (semi-)professional athletes often struggle to gain a foothold in the job market. Due to the prior dedication to their sport, their resumes lack the one thing recruiters tend to often narrowly focus on – work experience. Female athletes, often lacking the financial security their male counterparts enjoy, find themselves at a particularly strong disadvantage.

    At Coaches Across Continents we believe in the extraordinary potential of female athletes to succeed in their post-sports career. Coaches Across Continents has a long tradition of working with active and retired professional and collegiate athletes and our trust in these women has been rewarded with invaluable contributions to our work and additions to our core team.

    This past fall, three of these women decided it was about time Coaches Across Continents took action to extend support to a wider pool of female athletes – to boost their resume with work experience, professional skills, international travel and social engagement. The idea for STEP UP Career Development was born.

    Now, three months later, we have developed the idea into a coherent project.  With the advice of partner organizations and with the support of new team member, WSL Bristol City and Welsh International Player Megan Wynne, STEP UP has taken shape and currently being piloted with Megan herself and Megan Mackey of Harvard Women Soccer, Lewes FC and Republic Of Ireland International.

    “The Step-Up Development program has been a great experience for me so far. The flexibility of the program has allowed me to fit it around my current training schedule, which is particularly important as a professional athlete. Throughout the program, not only have I been involved in several exciting projects, but I have also been given the opportunity to have an impact on those projects. The responsibility and tasks I have been given have helped me to develop key skills that will prepare me for life in the working world once I finish playing. I am grateful to CAC for giving me this chance and I would recommend it to any athlete, who wants to gain real life experience in an organization that is making a difference.” -Megan Wynne

    “I first came to know about the step up programme through Nick Gates coming to speak to the Harvard Women’s soccer team. It sounded like a great way to gain vital professional experience whilst continuing to play soccer and he wasn’t wrong. The programme has allowed me to develop my critical thinking as well as refine the communication and teamwork skills I had already gained through playing soccer. Can’t wait to continue the journey at Coaches Across Continents” -Megan Mackey

    Step Up is a professional development program for professional or collegiate athletes. Combining a customizable mix of learning modules with hands-on project-based work with Coaches Across Continents, Step Up will help female athletes to kickstart their post-sports career. Crucially, it is designed flexibly to adapt to athletes’ busy, and often unpredictable schedules.

    In the long run, we are hoping to push for a threefold change with Step Up:

    1. We want to raise awareness for the invaluable and often unrecognized human resource that athletes can be for any employer when given the chance.
    2. We want to reassure female athletes that they won’t be standing alone following their athletic career, that there will be open doors for them beyond sport. In extension, we want to create an environment in which girls and young women dare to choose an athletic career without having to dread the question of “what will be next”.
    3. We want to empower female athletes, helping them build their skill set, their resume and their confidence.

    4. We want to provide an alternative to the career in the corporate world, encouraging talented young women to choose social impact and international development.

    We want to be the next step for more strong women getting a chance to demonstrate their abilities in working together for a better world.

  • Niñas Sin Miedo: the first CAC Accredited Organization of 2021

    Based in Soacha and Bogotá, Colombia, Niñas Sin Miedo (NSM) is a female-led organization serving girls and young women from underserved communities. Using the bicycle as their central tool, they provide opportunities for girls to learn and express their voices, their ideas and their power. They focus on supporting the girls to address specific challenges and issues like sexual and reproductive health and rights, and they provide endless opportunities for the girls to play and take ownership of their learning and development.

    We have partnered with NSM since 2017 and it has been a privilege to witness and support their evolution. They are one of the most socially-conscious organizations in the world and our global network has the honor of learning and sharing with these incredible women. One of the NSM coordinators was a Michael Johnson Young Leader in 2018 and then later traveled alongside CAC to deliver on-field Education Outside the Classroom trainings all over Colombia.

    On this International Women’s Day 2021, there are few groups who embody the #ChooseToChallenge theme like Niñas Sin Miedo. We are thrilled to announce Niñas Sin Miedo as an accredited organization in using Purposeful Play to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • CAC’s Creating Legacies 17 and The FBA Educational Partnership

     

    Coaches Across Continents and The Football Business Academy have entered into an agreement that will see the Swiss educational institution collaborate with our global award winning network. Through this partnership, those enrolled in The FBA’s Professional Master in Football Business will have the opportunity to learn from CAC through internships and specific projects and, by doing so, provide new ideas and perspectives that go hand in hand to support our organization’s activities and partners.

    “Coaches Across Continents is excited about our official partnership with The Football Business Academy. Having opportunities to work with their Candidates will benefit our Creating Legacies 17 brand that works directly with major entities including the Asian Football Confederation, Bloomberg, CONCACAF, Nike, Pathfinder Foundation, and the United Way. We first met at a Soccerex event and had our first successful internship this past year. We look forward to many more positive exchanges in 2021 and beyond.”

    – Brian Suskiewicz, Chief Executive Strategist, Coaches Across Continents

    “We are pleased to now officially welcome Coaches Across Continents into The FBA Family. The impact they’ve generated over the years and across the world has been incredible, and it encourages us to see how FBA Candidates can support their great team and partners as part of ongoing developments. CAC offers a great environment for challenge-based learning which can quench the thirst of those who are most passionate about social impact through football.”

    – Kristian Dobrev, Chief Partnerships Officer, The FBA

     

  • CAC and Pathfinder International Expand Partnership in 2021

    CAC and Pathfinder International Expand Partnership in 2021- Running the First Ever Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and ASK for Choice Female Accreditation Program

    Continuing on the incredible impact of our partnership with Pathfinder International and our Beyond Sport shortlisted program tackling Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights using Purposeful Play, we are delighted to announce the expansion of this program in 2021. 

    CAC and Pathfinder International will be be back in Zanzibar, Tanzania working with the Ministry of Sport, training 100 teachers from across the island in our SRHR curriculum while also equipping 20 female leaders with the tools and year round training to become CAC Accredited Coaches in Purposeful Play. Engaging women through sport has been difficult for the Zanzibar government but in partnership with CAC, they are breaking religious and cultural barriers. These elected female leaders will be the first women working in sport for development in Zanzibar. 

    The impact of this programming will see island wide education on SRHR, creating universal access to sexual and reproductive care, family planning and education on gender equality, addressing UNSDGs 3 Good Health and Well – Being, 4 Quality Education, 5: Gender Equality.

  • Sport for Gender Equality With GIZ

    CAC is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to deliver a curriculum and training of teachers on the subject of ‘Sport for Gender Equality’. Over the coming months we will be designing specific Sport for Gender Equality curriculum, running online teacher trainings for sport for development instructors in the GIZ network and providing feedback and evaluations to assess the impact of the project. In particular this will focus on GIZ priority countries including Colombia, Western Balkans, Uganda, Morocco, and Indonesia. It is an honour to be working officially with GIZ having had many interactions with them and their sport for development experts in the past.

    About GIZ

    GIZ work to shape a future worth living around the world. This is GIZ’s vision and long-term goal.

    GIZ provides tailor-made, cost-efficient and effective services for sustainable development.

    About Coaches Across Continents (CAC) and Creating Legacies 17 (CL17) Influence

    Coaches Across Continents is a global collaboration of communities, organizations, and coaches on six continents that impact the UN SDGs and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    CL17 Influence, a division of CAC, advises governments, confederations, global NGOs, policy makers, and key donors to create their global legacies, design policies, and address the UN SDGs.

     

  • World’s FIRST Accredited Coaches in Purposeful Play Announced!

    Back in January we announced the launch of our new Accredited Coach initiative. Accredited Coaches are the only coaches in the world equipped with Education Outside the Classroom training to impact the UNSDGs and Safe-Guarding Child Rights through Purposeful Play curriculum and methodology. For more information please visit this blog.

    Coaches Across Continents has had the honour of working with and supporting tens of thousands of coaches, teachers and community leaders across the world since our inception in 2008. Amongst our most engaging and enthusiastic partners are our Community Impact Coaches (CIC’s), who are the local leaders in their communities and have the passion to deliver social change through sport. We have designed this initiative to further enhance their skill set and are delighted to announce the first six of them below…

    Nico Achimpota – Kigoma – Tanzania

    Nico Pota is a Tanzanian CIC and is one of the original members of CAC, contributing to the birth of CAC’s first programme in 2008. Since then Nico has been dedicated to bringing sustainable social change to developing communities in multiple countries in Africa. He truly cares about communities and believes that education is the most sustainable way to help people reach their goals and change their lives. Nico is an inspiring community leader, a respectful teacher, and an all-around sportsman. 

    Daniela Gutierrez – Juego en tu Barrio – Peru

    Daniela Gutierrez Neciosup is a community leader in every sense of the term. She has invested in her city of Lima, Perú through involvement and leadership in many different organizations including her current initiative, Juega en tu Barrio. She has been a CAC Community Impact Coach since we first met her in 2014 and has traveled with CAC all over Perú and to México and Ecuador. Her life motto says it all – “PASSION MADE ACTION: Transform everything you are passionate about into actions that allow us to build a better world”.

    Jaspreet Kaur – Rurka Kalan YFC – India

    A CIC since 2015,  Jaspreet has travelled across India and to Qatar with CAC. Jaspreet is also the Project Manager at YFC Rurka Kalan in Punjab – one of India’s leading youth football academies. A passionate believer in the power of sport and how it can change lives, Jaspreet is a trailblazer in creating and delivering innovative projects that impact children and young people in her community, across india and beyond.

    Elvis Nshimba – Malaika – Democratic Republic of Congo

    A CIC since 2015, Elvis Nshimba is the Programs and Evaluation Manager at Malaika. Elvis joined Malaika as a teacher in 2012 and in 2014, joined the first on-field training with CAC, where he then got involved in using sport as a tool to educate communities. Elvis’ goal is to ‘tirelessly impact youths and adults from the community center and regional schools towards sustainable development, training and i’m committed in supporting youths to become coaches’.

    Saraswati Negi – Naz Foundation – India

    A CIC since 2019, Saraswati has delivered programming in India and the Phillipines with CAC and is a champion of womens and girls rights across the world. Saraswati works as Training Coordinator with The Naz Foundation (India) Trust. In her role she is responsible for managing, designing, reviewing, redesigning and conducting all TOT programs in Naz for capacity building of staff. She leads the mainstreaming of Abhayam- Naz Child Protection of children and young vulnerable adults within Naz’s activities. Saraswati derives motivation from young people’s leadership and strives to work for them and with them.

    David Mulo – Green Kenya – Kenya

    After attending several CAC trainings from 2010-2013, David was inspired to take the leap and start his own NGO in 2013 called Green Kenya. Green Kenya works with schools and runs programmes to use sport for social empowerment with a focus on women’s rights and the environment. David became a CIC in 2017 whilst being Director of Green-Kenya. He has travelled across Kenya and to Malawi with CAC – delivering Purposeful Play programming and David mentioned he now has a burning desire to change the world through play.