• The World Cup starts in Mamfe

    June 29th 2014. Hello from Mamfe! We arrived here Sunday afternoon after a long, adventurous trip from Ngaoundere. We took the overnight train on Friday from Ngaoundere and arrived in Yaounde on Saturday morning. Then, we took a bus from Yaounde to Bafousam, then another bus from Bafousam to Dschung where we stayed the night Saturday night. Sunday morning we woke up and took another bus from Dschung to Bamenda, and then a private car from Bamenda to Mamfe. What an experience! I couldn’t believe how many people can fit into those busses!

    Mamfe is HOT and HUMID. I dont know that we’ve ever sweated so much in one week, but not even this sort of heat could slow us down. We hit the ground running on Monday to begin UAC’s third year of CAC training. There were about fifteen participating coaches at the beginning of the week, including several returning coaches from UAC. By the end of the week we had closer to 25 coaches, both male and female. Our trainings were hosted at Mamfe’s brand new FIFA Football for Hope center. We found out shortly after arriving that our CAC training would be the first event ever held at the center. It is a really beautiful facility, equiped with a classroom, a computer room, and an office next to the football field. Wallace, a Community Impact Coach from CFDP in Kumba, joined us in leading our Coaches Across Continents training. He did a great job of leading and coaching games and was great company to us this week. We are looking forward to seeing him in a week when we head to Kumba for CFDP’s training from June 23-27.

    It was fun to lead CAC program in it’s third year. For this week, we focused on environment care, HIV, child protection and gender equality. The HIV games were a huge hit with this group. These games brought out a lot of laughs and a lot of great discussions. There is a game we played called Adebayor In The Community that the coaches really enjoyed. This game represents how quickly HIV can spread and also how making good choices like getting tested for instance, can protect you from contracting the virus.

    The coaches that participated in our child rights training session Wednesday morning brought a spark to the discussions that carried us through the rest of the week. The new addition to the CAC curriculum was a great opportunity for coaches, teachers, and volunteers alike to discuss, openly and honestly, some of the ways in which children in Mamfe are marginalized. We talked about how sometimes children are expected to work for their families and that those responsibilities are engrained in cultural expectations but can impede on that child’s right to play. We discussed the possibility and importance of not ignoring thst cultural norm but working within it, within reason. If a child is expected to perform chores or work for their household, some of the coaches stressed that it is important that they support these roles at home but thst they intervene if these chores become problematic for that child’s social development. It was great to hear coaches talking about how to tactfully and respectfully interact with parents and work to resolve the issue so that the child can enjoy the benefits of play and contribute to his/her household.

    Another fun thing to make mention of is that the World Cup started this week! We had the opportunuty to watch it with some of the coaches here in Mamfe on Thursday and Friday night at a nearby restaurant that played the game on a big projector screen. The power went out just before the opening game on Thursday, but thankfully the restaurant was able to find a generator quickly so that we didnt miss more than the first few minutes. Cameroonians sure love their soccer!

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  • Make your World Cup predictions today!

     

    June 2nd, 2014. It is only 10 days until the World Cup starts in Brazil with the hosts playing Croatia in the opening fixture. That means there is only 10 days to join the Coaches Across Continents World Cup prediction bracket on Indiegogo! Do you think England will deal with the heat and go all the way? Can the US beat the odds and get past Ronaldo and the Germans? Or will Brazil be celebrating a home victory? Show us your predictions!

    By making a small donation to the Coaches Across Continents programming in Brazil during the World Cup you can get CAC and soccer related gifts alongside the entry to our World Cup prediction competition on ESPN. Former US men’s soccer World Cup player Tony Sanneh and famous US soccer broadcaster Seamus Malin have already made their predictions. Now it is your turn to see if you can beat the experts!

    Your donation will go directly to the Coaches Across Continents programs in Brazil through the six coaches who will be creating sustainable social change in Brazilian favelas throughout the World Cup. While the elite players compete on the worlds biggest stage the favelas will still be very dangerous places for youth and children. Drugs, gang violence, police brutality and social unrest have been ongoing problems for the 11 million Brazilians living in these areas.

    HELP TO MAKE THIS THE REAL LEGACY OF THE WORLD CUP AND SOCCER IN BRAZIL!

     Join Today

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  • Avram Grant is supporting One World Futbol and CAC

    May 20th 2014: This Friday the 23rd of May at 9AM EST, Avram Grant will be appearing on a live interactive video chat on Wizeo to support One World Futbol and Coaches Across Continents. The former Champions League finalist with Chelsea and ex-manager of Portsmouth, West Ham United and Israel will be answering your questions about his career, the 2014 World Cup or any topic you choose.

    To join this live video chat all you have to do is make a contribution to the One World Futbol campaign which donates their virtually indestructible ball to Coaches Across Continents and our programs. You will then be able to watch the chat and ask Avram Grant what he said to John Terry after THAT penalty!

    Not only can you participate in the video chat with Avram but your contribution will help get a virtually indestructible One World Futbol to one of our program sites all over the world. These are often dirt field which cause regular balls to burst daily. Wizeo facilitate many of these ‘video chats for a cause’ regularly and are pleased to support great programs such as One World Futbol and Coaches Across Continents. Sign up TODAY!

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  • March Madness is Over … Now Predict the 2014 World Cup

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    April 14th 2014: The 2014 World Cup is only 60 days away. Join the CAC World Cup prediction bracket and show CAC that you are a soccer knowledge machine by going toe to toe with our soccer obsessed staff and ex World Cup winners!

    Not only do you get to compete for the title but you will also know while you watch the games, that you have supported a positive legacy for Brazil during the World Cup.

    To join the league all you have to do is:

    1. Go to our Indiegogo campaign raising money for our work facilitating social change in Brazil.

    2. Donate at least $25 to the campaign.

    3. Receive an email password to our ESPN World Cup prediction league within 24 hours.

    4. Setup an ESPN account and join the CAC World Cup group.

    5. Predict the World Cup! Will England or the US get to the Quarter Finals? Will Brazil win it all at home?

    6. Keep track of your position throughout the World Cup!

    971853_489931941089557_786400727_nThis summer Coaches Across Continents will be working in disadvantaged and dangerous Brazilian communities to coincide with the World Cup specifically focusing on drug abuse, gang violence and local conflict. To ensure the greatest possible impact and provide a positive legacy for local people affected by the World Cup we need your help.

    Your support will mean that soccer, the most popular sport in Brazil, will not only have an impact for professionals this summer. It will mean that youth and communities who are overlooked by the World Cup going on around them will be given the tools and capacity to positively affect their dangerous social situations though ‘The Beautiful Game’. Money will go towards:

    • educating the next generation of Brazilians about global child rights
    • teaching how to resolve conflict and gender based violence peacefully
    • how to solve their own problems to ensure sustainability after the program

    Not only that but your support means you can be part of the CAC World Cup prediction league!

    Join today!

  • March Madness is Over… Now Predict the 2014 World Cup!

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    April 14th 2014: The 2014 World Cup is only 60 days away. Join the CAC World Cup prediction bracket and show CAC that you are a soccer knowledge machine by going toe to toe with our soccer obsessed staff and ex World Cup winners!

    Not only do you get to compete for the title but you will also know while you watch the games, that you have supported a positive legacy for Brazil during the World Cup.

    To join the league all you have to do is:

    1. Go to our Indiegogo campaign raising money for our work facilitating social change in Brazil.

    2. Donate at least $25 to the campaign.

    3. Receive an email password to our ESPN World Cup prediction league within 24 hours.

    4. Setup an ESPN account and join the CAC World Cup group.

    5. Predict the World Cup! Will England or the US get to the Quarterfinals? Will Brazil win it all at home?

    6. Keep track of your position throughout the World Cup!

    971853_489931941089557_786400727_nThis summer Coaches Across Continents will be working in disadvantaged and dangerous Brazilian communities to coincide with the World Cup specifically focusing on drug abuse, gang violence and local conflict. To ensure the greatest possible impact and provide a positive legacy for local people affected by the World Cup we need your help.

    Your support will mean that soccer, the most popular sport in Brazil, will not only have an impact for professionals this summer. It will mean that youth and communities who are overlooked by the World Cup going on around them will be given the tools and capacity to positively affect their dangerous social situations though ‘The Beautiful Game’. Money will go towards:

    • educating the next generation of Brazilians about global child rights
    • teaching how to resolve conflict and gender based violence peacefully
    • how to solve their own problems to ensure sustainability after the program

    Not only that but your support means you can be part of the CAC World Cup prediction league!

    Join today!

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