• Working with Coaching 4 Conservation in Botswana

    June 24th from Sophie, Brian, Dean and Gibbo in Maun, Botswana.

    We have arrived in Maun, Botswana and have begun working with Coaching For Conservation (C4C) which falls under the umbrella of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BCPT).  I say “working”, because after a quick tour
    of the facilities in Maun which include a biology lab, their offices, and the
    municipal sports stadium we jumped in some 4×4 vehicles and headed up to HQ at
    their research base.  We were joined at camp with 30 other individuals who will be working with us to run a soccer and educational camp for C4C next week which will reach approximately 700 youths in the Maun region.

    Being at camp is much as you would expect, except that now we are adults and the surrounding areas are visited by wild lions, elephants, impala, leopard,cheetahs, and other animals.  You can, quite literally, be eaten alive if you stray from the camp, especially after dark.  Each night we hear the calls of hyenas and lions in close proximity
    while elephants tramp through the camp and eat the acacia trees surrounding our
    tents and cabins.

    Our daily schedule is a combination of information sessions

    Learning from C4C in the classroom

    and game-drives so that we can see first-hand the information we are learning
    during the sessions.  The purpose of all
    this is to have a well-informed staff who appreciates and has a strong desire
    to preserve/conserve the environment and its habitants.  Those of us from Coaches Across Continents,
    the local soccer coaches, the educators who are serving as conservation coaches during the camp, and the support staff include professional guides are all participating in the educational camp week.  Already we have had lectures on wild dogs, hyenas, lions, and cheetahs.  On our game drives we have seen a leopard eating a baby zebra, a cheetah mother and her cub, a pair of male lions, as well as many elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, impala, zebras, kudu, various birds, and Gibbo’s favorite, the honey badger.

    It's not quite Wembley.

    With the end of each educational session we play an informal pick-up game on the savannah which is watched with a combination we are sure of alarm and amusement by the wild herd animals.  Hopefully they won’t ever want to get too involved.

    Next week we will begin transferring our
    knowledge and love of environmental conservationism by hosting a camp for 22 local schools.  They will learn about six animals or groups of animals (lions, hyenas, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs, and herd animals) over the course of twelve stations which include soccer-based lessons to help engage and reinforce the messages.  We expect that it will be a great week that will help to change attitudes and behaviors about conservationism in Maun and Botswana.

  • Goal 1: Dates announced with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust

    February 25th, 2011.

    Following a successful pilot program with Coaching for Conservation (C4C) in 2010, Coaches across Continents are delighted to announce a full Hat-Trick Initiative partnership for 2011.

    Coaching for Conservation (C4C) strives to conserve Botswana’s natural resources by using sport to engender self-respect and inspire a generation of kids who care.

    Our core values “Respect Yourself, Respect Each Other, and Respect Your Environment” aim to help children build self-esteem, engage in constructive social exchange and develop an awareness and sensitivity to the environment they live and play in.

    Coaches across Continents will provide international coaches and mentors to build skills and provide young people with a positive outlook on life and the future. This includes teaching young adult Batswana coaching skills and techniques, as well as the importance of health, for them to become mentors for young people in their communities.

    “We first met with Lesley at the Beyond Sport Awards 2009 and we were able to provide Gibbo to help with their program in 2010.  C4C is a global leader in using sport for conservation and we are looking forward to learning from their year round sustainable program while developing local coaches and leaders who can deliver the C4C curriculum to local schools and teams.  It is an exciting partnership scheduled for June 12th-26th 2011.” Dr Andy Old, Coach Advisory Board.

    Coaches Paul, Brian, Sarah and Sophie will share our ideas with C4C during their staff training and summer camp.