• Unleashing Joy

    CAC continue our #PlayItForward partnership with Chevrolet FC and Manchester United in Yunnan Province, China.

    December 14, 2015.  Do you remember where you were the first time you ever played football?  For many of the kids at the Huo Shan School in Yunnan Province, China, they can answer positively that their first footballing experience came this past week.  As part of our continuing award-winning relationship with Chevrolet FC and their #PlayItForward initiative, we have been working at the Huo Shan school.

    As experienced as Coaches Across Continents has become in our past 8 years of sport for social impact education, it is extremely rare that we come across a community that has little background in football.  Towards the end of the first day after playing Circle of Friends and teaching passing skills, we set up small-sided scrimmages.  For the first three minutes, not one player moved from their starting position, as they kicked the ball back and forth.  Then, a light bulb went off – and a few players began chasing the ball, screaming with delight as they did so.  It wasn’t long before we had a critical mass surrounding the ball, wherever it went on the school grounds, during their first-ever game of football.

    Day 2 brought new revelations.  As we walked inside the school gate, we could see kids practicing without their teachers the passing techniques they had learned the day before, smiling all the time, as they got better.  When it came time to scrimmage, many of them came up with their own strategies on how to win the game.  The most effective were the teams that elected to field three goalkeepers and two outfield players.  Slowly and surely throughout the week, we continued to teach them more football skills and fill them in on a few rules – but making sure not to over-regulate their nascent love of the game.

    Friday was the highlight of the week.  In front of over five hundred community members, dance troops, a Chinese dragon, and the watchful eye of Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke and other dignitaries, the kids got a chance to play for the first time on their brand-new world-class field.  The handover from Chevrolet FC to the Huo Shan School provided a platform for them to show everyone how much fun they were having, and learning, by playing.  With this new facility, these students will have a place to pursue their love of the game.

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  • Chevrolet’s #PlayItForward Reaches China

    Coaches Across Continents continues our award-winning partnership with Chevrolet FC and their #PlayItForward initiative. 

    December 7th, 2015.  For the past week we have been working in Shuanglang, China, located in the Yunnan province.  Participants for the first week were teachers from seven different regional primary and middle schools, as well as volunteers from Red Chalk, Chevrolet’s charity initiative in China.  The Red Chalk Program has been supporting education in rural areas in China since 2005.

    “If we speak to the children it can be boring, but if we use sport to teach the children, it becomes a fun and effective way to educate and give social messages.” – Patrick; volunteer, Red Chalk Program.

    During the first week of training Coaches Across Continents worked with the aforementioned local teachers and Red Chalk volunteers to impart a sport for social impact curriculum.  The training was specifically designed to benefit the teachers and volunteers who work directly in schools, with CAC games that focused on education, the environment, health and wellness, and other life skills.  A special curriculum was then designed that can be implemented by the participants during the 45 minute physical education periods.  Joining the training on the final day were representatives from the Ministry of Education in Dali.
    “I like the way that CAC taught and focused on the local needs of our community.  It is excellent that you can work with the teachers, and we can spread knowledge and involve all our students to have a big impact.” – Mr Zhou; course organizer from Shuanglang.

    This Friday, Chevrolet FC is unveiling a new soccer field at the Houshan school, located near Shuanglang.  During the week CAC will teach Physical Education classes and will play games from our curriculum directly with the students and selected teachers.  It is anticipated that for many students, this may be their first introduction to football in an organized setting.  The highlight of this week will be the event day on Friday with special festivities planned around the launch of the new field.

    “The best thing was learning new concepts of how to teach outside the classroom and how to put ideas and messages into the sports game was really fun and useful.  I can understand education more deeply than before.” – Mr. Lee; Shuanglang Middle School.

    This week, CAC educated and certified 26 teachers in the Shuanglang region and directly impacted 3,375 students.  This is the seventh community of the partnership, and overall 578 teachers and coaches have been educated and certified with 63,705 children directly impacted.

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