• CAC & AxisStars

    Coaches Across Continents have partnered with Louis Saha and Kate Hamer’s AxisStars after meeting at the Soccerex Europe 2019 event. The AxisStars app facilitates authentic, win-win connections between Stars, their peers and trusted business partners, empowering all parties to manage and sustain their careers and brands in the most relevant way. Coaches Across Continents (CAC) is a global collaboration of communities, corporations, and foundations on 6 continents that use their unique Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom programs to impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    With shared values in creating safe spaces and lasting social impact for individuals and communities we are excited to announce this partnership between AxisStars and Coaches Across Continents. CAC will offer Stars the guidance and opportunities to volunteer as an ‘On-Field Coach’ delivering Education Outside the Classroom in any of the 6 continents and 60 countries we currently run programs. CAC will work to place Stars in programs based on social topics they feel passionately about, time commitments and preferred locations. CAC plans to increase opportunities for AxisStars users to include: ambassador roles which can enhance brand reputation and long term partnerships with our CAC legacy team.

  • Child Safeguarding Campaign for Universal Children’s Day

    November 20, 2019. CAC is proud to announce on Universal Children’s Day that 34 organizations on 5 continents have completed our 3-month Child Safeguarding Education campaign.  Other organizations from our partnership network in 60+ countries are expected to complete this program shortly.  CAC’s Child Safeguarding Education Program is the only one that recognizes organizations that reach CAC’s international standards for Child Safeguarding as one of our 28 year-round strategic resources needed for organizational accreditation.

    “CAC is educating organizations and creating communities that have a comprehensive safeguarding culture and child-centric practices that engages all stakeholders as part of CAC’s Community Empowerment to Ensure All Human Rights.

    – Brian Suskiewicz, Chief Executive Strategist

    Each organization goes through a thorough CAC-guided educational process to ensure that their child safeguarding is:

    • Child Safe:  Having children understand their rights as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by playing CAC Purposeful Play games, understanding who they can talk to, and providing services for the child should any breach of their rights occur
    • Coach Safe: Training practitioners on best practices for safe coaching and their role as a link between the children and the organization
    • Organization Safe:  Developing procedures and policies that guide the entire organization, from preventative measures to protect children to reporting procedures if violations occur
    • Community Safe:  Engaging key stakeholders such as families, social services, and the police on Child Safety and Protection measures and bringing CAC’s Theory of Change and the communities’ new and improved Child Safeguarding to life

    CAC’s expertise in Child Safeguarding comes from decades of work in the field on best international practices that allow for local contextualization.  Our partnerships with other leaders in the field include:

    For more information or to have your organization engage CAC through our Child Safeguarding Education Program, please contact:

  • Universal Children’s Day

    On November 20th, 1959, the United Nations officially adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same day, three decades later, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. With these historic steps forward, Universal Children’s Day has been used for the last 60 years to inform and celebrate the rights of all children, all over the world.

    Coaches Across Continents has worked for a decade with a foundation built off of these two documents.  We have used them to design curriculum, to create Child Rights policies, and to guide our global network towards a deeper understanding of Children’s Rights.

    This year, with CAC’s focus on Education Outside the Classroom, we have modeled a brand new curriculum built off UNICEF’s 8 International Safeguards for Children in Sport.

    Different from typical curriculums, this resource is targeted towards the training of staff, coaches, referees, volunteers, parents, supporters and young leaders involved in youth sports, not necessarily the youth themselves (though youth can definitely gain valuable skills and knowledge through playing).

    If you are interested in receiving your free copy of this curriculum, please follow this link, answer a few quick questions, and get your FREE resource packet to help celebrate the day!

    Happy Universal Children’s Day!

  • Sign Soccer

    You don’t realise how much you take your voice for granted, until you can’t use it.

    The CAC team have been in Nagpur, India this last week working with long time ally and partner – Slum Soccer. This is a partnership that is 8 years in the making, with many successful programmes delivered together. Due to the nature and frequency that we visit Slum Soccer, we wanted to do something different this time and really expand on what #PurposefulPlay means, by delivering a programme centred around #UNSDG10: Reduced Inequalities – specifically focusing on the inclusion of those who are deaf and mute.

    Slum Soccer have recently started an initiative called ‘DeafKidz Goal!’ and will work with over 200 deaf children and young adults during this programme. India has one of the highest populations of deaf people in the world – Nagpur alone has over 6000 deaf children. Slum Soccer has seen that these young people were being held back and wanted to take action, calling in the assistance of CAC.

    We had 4 deaf and mute coaches on the programme who were incredibly fun to work with – their energy and smiles made delivering the sessions a joy! However, aside from demonstrations, coaches who are able most often use their voice as the main way of communicating and relying solely on this wouldn’t work as we would be excluding some of our group. Whilst we had a brilliant Sign Language interpreter, we wanted to make sure they felt as included as possible – to do this we: played some games in silence and introduced different signs, instead of shouting for the ball we used hand waves, we all learnt how to sign good morning so we could do it together and when we had discussions we would always take time to allow everyone to input and share their thoughts. The coaches who were deaf and mute mentioned throughout the week that they were very happy and thankful and that their favourite sign throughout the week was that we always came to the field with a smile.

    And a smile is the most universal sign there is.

  • CAC At Soccerex USA

    As the official CSR consultant of Soccerex we are excited to be exhibiting at Soccerex USA in Miami from November 21st-22nd. As part of this partnership we are delighted to offer one company attending the conference the chance to receive a free CSR/Cause Marketing package from CAC valued at over $37,000. The package includes 1 year of positive brand marketing and promotions as your company will support one carefully selected community anywhere in the world using soccer to address the UNSDG’s. CAC will work on your behalf to demonstrate the positive impact your commitment is having on the community both internally and externally as requested. By simply visiting CAC at Booth 141 on the exhibition hall and talking to one of our consultants you will be entered into the draw for the package.

    Our experienced team of CSR/Cause Marketing consultants will be working with brands, media, federations and clubs in attendance at the event including MLS, La Liga, CONCACAF, Fox Sports, and Heineken. The CAC team in Miami will include Board Member, Ambassador and US Soccer Hall of Famer Seamus Malin.

    This continues our productive partnership with Soccerex. In the past 2 years we have exhibited at Soccerex China twice, Soccerex USA in 2018 and Soccerex Europe in Portugal in 2019. These events bring together the world of soccer with quality exhibitors and high level panels from the leaders of federations, clubs, leagues and sports media. We are honored to be the official charity partner and look forward to progressing the partnership further in 2020.

    Contact to arrange a meeting with CAC in Miami or for more information on the package and partnership.

  • Happiness With Bloomberg in Beijing

    We are delighted to have been selected as The Extra Mile partner for Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Beijing, China 2019. The Beijing Square Mile Relay runners selected ‘Happiness’ as the winning cause to which Bloomberg funding should be distributed.

    Using this funding, Coaches Across Continents and WeDoSports trained Chinese coaches are currently delivering ‘Football for Happiness’ programming using our Purposeful Play curriculum in Beijing.  The key focus of the curriculum, in addition to Fun/Happiness, is teaching social skills like teamwork, communication, while also focusing on inclusion and participation for all students. Football for Happiness is being delivered by the coaches in 3 Beijing schools to 6 classes of 30-40 students. The programming is fully inclusive with all class members participating (boys and girls, all abilities, etc).

    We are excited to be able to work with Bloomberg Extra Mile in Beijing in addition to our work with them in Sydney and Tokyo.

    About the Extra Mile

    The Extra Mile helps participants of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay contribute to their city in a bigger, better way.

    When you run in the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, you take part in The Extra Mile simply by running for a cause you care about. The faster you run, the better the chance your cause has of receiving the donation.

    Each cause in The Extra Mile is selected with a local organisation that is using the power of sport and physical activity to address social challenges in the race city. 25% of your race fee goes to this partner, which will deliver solutions around the winning cause over a year-long program.