• Chamwino District and CAC team up one more time.

    October 25, 2013. In celebration of one of CACs volunteer’s birthday on October 14th, team leader, Sophie Legros, Community impact coach Nico Achimpota, Danielle Foxhoven and birthday girl Becca Meierbachtol, started their program in Chamwino, Tanzania. They were greeted, surprisingly on “European time” (which means the coaches arrived on time to the field) by over 40 coaches, teachers and community leaders who were eager to start the program.
    The program started Monday morning and ended Thursday afternoon. Despite there being national and religious holidays on two of those days, the attendance stayed strong and even increased throughout the week. Our coaches trained four hours each morning going through 8-10 games a day!
    In the evenings they coached a U12 girls group from the Chamwino community. Eight of the girls in the group had recently returned from the national tournament, Copa Coca Cola. It was a thrill for our coaches to pass on the best of their coaching skills to give the girls encouragement to be the best soccer players and people they could be.
    The end of the week came with great anticipation for our CAC coaches and the coaches in the program. After 16 hours of training in four days in the heat they were exhausted from all of the hard work, but they were more eager to return to their schools and teams to implement the new games and social messaages they learned. The same as the week in Njombe, the program finished with a 30 minute match between coaches in the program. It ended in a nail biting penalty shootout with team Simba taking the cup! A dance party, of course, ensued after the game was won!
    Another successful week for CAC and Tanzanian partners! We look forward to another year with our Tanzanian groups!
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  • Bulldogs and CAC Team up Again

    image_1Oct. 16, 2013. Another week spent with Bulldogs Sports Development Trust but this week, our CAC coaches, Sophie Legros, Becca Meierbachtol, and Danielle Foxhoven helped Bulldog’s coaches in Harare, Zimbabwe.

    What a good week it was! The week started out Monday morning with 20
    excited coaches and community leaders from all around Harare. Contrary
    to Zimbabwe summer weather, the rains hit hard and the first day was spent in the primary school gym. Walking soccer was the biggest hit of the day.

    The majority of the coaches in the program were higher level coaches from all sport disciplines. There was softball, volleyball, tennis and of course some soccer coaches that attended. All of the coaches were there with the same vision, to better their coaching techniques in order to address the biggest issues they see in their communities and to better reach the children that they coach.

    Our CAC coaches spent 13 hours in 5 days going over games that could be adaptable to all sports and still address the deepest issues within the communities here in Zimbabwe.

    The last day of full training proved to be one of the best response we have seen to the Coaches Across Continents games here in Zimbabwe. The HIV/AIDS and alcohol abuse games opened up many discussions and questions for all of the coaches to discuss. They found that they were all dealing with similar problems and many of them had solutions that could be shared. All of the coaches, CAC coaches included, came away from the program feeling more educated and inspired to help make changes, big or small.

    Friday came with high amounts of excitement as it marked the end of CAC’s time in Zimbabwe for this year. As well as the beginning of an impactful career as a CAC impact coach for the newly certified coaches in Harare, Zimbabwe. Let the easiest part of being a coach end and the most difficult but also the most gratifying part of being a coach begin, the responsibility and path to real change in a community.

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  • Bulldogs and CAC in Bindura, Zimbabwe

    DSC_0372October 14, 2013. After a hot week in Mutare, group leader Sophie Legros led the team that had just coached with S4S, Jon Dickinson, Becca Meierbachtol, and Danielle Foxhoven about 6 hours away into rural Zimbabwe. On September 23rd they drove into a small town called Bindura to join forces with a very impactful group of highly motivated organization, Bulldogs Sports Development Trust.

    In Bindura our CAC coaches stocked up for the week and then continued to drive another 10km into Manhenga region. They met their host families for the week and got settled in just in time to have a good nights rest before starting the week of training on Monday. The volunteer coaches were split into two groups because of the programs’ schedules. Jon and Becca coached in Bindura urban area, while Sophie and Dani coached in Manhenga rural area.

    Jon and Becca had 46 men and women attend their weeks’s sessions. They also had one of Zimbabwe’s Community Impact Coach helping them, Stanford. Becca and Jon left every afternoon at 12 to walk to the Main Street where they would catch a combi into Bindura for their session at 2. It was the first year of training for this group of community leaders and coaches. They were taught 7-10 games every day. The games ranged from HIV/AIDs awareness and prevention games to team building and communication games. The coaches brought a great attitude and with it an incredible aptitude for taking in lessons from all of the games being taught!

    Sophie and Dani had about 20 men and women attending their weeks’s sessions. It was the second year for most the Manhenga rural area coaches. Sophie and Dani also had the help of Zimbabwe’s other Community Impact Coach, Shepard. The program was run in the heat of the day from 2 until 4 everyday. The same time that the children who attended Wyerera Primary were being released for the day, so every day they had an audience of at least 200 children. The adults and community leaders were well prepared with water and hats in order to keep their smiles and energy up while working hard to learn all of the games our CAC coaches were teaching!

    After 7 hours of on field training the community leaders were confident during their coach back sessions and were elated as they were given their certificates ensuring they completed the weeks trainings! Needless to say they were excited to implement their newest skill sets on the field with the children!

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  • S4S and CAC Work Together for Social Inclusion

    1234102_10152256744504199_1832267650_nOctober 7, 2013. Our first program in Zimbabwe began with a week of fun for a partnership that has a huge impact on children in Mutare, Zimbabwe between Coaches Across Continents and Sports 4 Socialization (S4S). The Coaches Across Continents volunteer group was led by Sophie Legros.  Jon Dickinson, Becca Meierbachtol and Danielle Foxhoven were the volunteer coaches, all on their first trips with CAC. The program ran 3 days in Mutare with about 30 women and 5 men community leaders attending the weeks sessions. S4S works with children with any disability to provide them with physiotherapy, physical education, support, mentorship and a place to
    play sports with other children (disabled or fully abled)!

    Despite the heat of the mornings and the 3 hour long training sessions
    the women were in high spirits and laughter everyday! Eager to learn
    more games and lessons for the kids they coach and teach they brought
    their best efforts in every game played. In fact women were diving on
    the ground, sliding and not afraid to get dirty.

    By the end of the week the women were confident with their new lessons
    as the volunteer coaches watched them coach the games back to the
    group displaying their adaptations to the games for the children’s
    disabilities that they teach.

    On the mornings and afternoons when the volunteer coaches were not on
    the field with the community leaders they were helping the wonderful
    S4S staff with their on field duties at each of the 6 primary schools
    they work at. Overall the week was a success and both our CAC coaches and S4S coaches came away better and more knowledgeable and equipped!

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  • Meet the Coaches Working In Zimbabwe

    September 16, 2013.  This is the second year for Coaches Across Continents in Zimbabwe.  We will be working with Sport 4 Socialisation in Mutare and with Bulldogs Sport Development Trust in Bindura and Harare.  The CAC team that will be working with these fine programs consist of Sophie LeGros, Jon Dickinson, Dani Foxhoven, and Becca Meierbachtol.  Recently one of these four coaches won a national title – do you know which one?  Answer coming tomorrow…

    Five Fun Football Facts with Jon Dickson:

    Favorite Team: Manchester United
    Favorite Player: Eric Cantona
    Favorite Coach: Sir Alex Ferguson
    Favorite Movie: Old School
    Who will win the World Cup 2014 and 2015: Brazil (2014) and Germany (2015)
    Why I am looking forward to working with CAC?: “Traveling to a country with completely different cultures, scenery, and values than my own provides an opportunity for cross-learning.  Whilst I hope that my time and energy on the CAC programs will benefit the people I come in to contact with in Zimbabwe, I also look forward to the learning and personal development it will provide for me in return.”   
    40045_419801501898_652096898_5290307_6223486_nFive Fun Football Facts with Dani Foxhoven:

    Favorite Team: Liverpool
    Favorite Player: Messi
    Favorite Coach: Pep Guardiola
    Favorite Movie: Big Fish
    Who will win the World Cup 2014 and 2015: Brasil (2014) and USA (2015)
    Why I am looking forward to working with CAC?: “I am looking forward to experiencing a new culture and learning from the lifestyles of the people in Zimbabwe and Tanzania”
    BeccaFive Fun Football Facts with Becca Meierbachtol:

    Favorite Team: Portland Thorns
    Favorite Player: Christine Sinclair
    Favorite Coach: Clive Charles
    Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
    Who will win the World Cup 2014 and 2015: Spain (2014) and USA (2015)
    Why I am looking forward to working with CAC?: “I am looking forward to learning form the kids and adults we work with and having my eyes opened to a new experience with food, people and cultures.”