• Little village BIG impact.

    June 18, 2013.  A week working in Mpigi (Uganda) wasn’t just pure coaching CAC games, but it was filled with the whole community of Mpigi opening up their doors to us.  We had coaches attend the training sessions who were from all different backgrounds, and who were all eager to learn and show us around.  Many of the coaches were teachers, and had attended the previous training session CAC had held the year before.

    We also had a few committed coaches come and join us who attended the previous week at KSEM. It was a huge surprise to see two previous coaches that week show up after traveling an hour in a taxi to come and learn new games. We felt like we were apart of that community the week we were there. Everyday we would walk together home from training, watch local training sessions and learn to cook a new dish from our Impact Coach Salim Blanden. Our favorite Ugandan dish was “Matoke” or bananas boiled with beans.  It was a unique experience to feel to involved with the community and so welcomed.

    We were also lucky enough to tour a female youth center based in Mpigi who helps women who were raped, and educates them on Agronomy so they can become financially independent. Mpigi may be a small spot on the map in Uganda but it is doing wonderful things for the next generation of children, and their local community. Our Adebayor HIV/AIDS game were a huge success with the coaches, the concept was clearly understood, and they were eager to share the games with their teams.

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  • Play Soccer Ghana makes a lasting impact on Women’s Day 2013.

    March 11th, 2013.  Play Soccer Ghana celebrated Women’s Day with a female soccer tournament attracting women all throughout Cape Coast to the beautiful Football for Hope Center. The young women that came out to the event were able to be involved in the Play Soccer Ghana program that teaches about social issues through games, while competing in the soccer tournament.

    Play Soccer Ghana has a curriculum that is used throughout many countries in Africa touching subjects on health and many social issues. During Women’s Day on March 8th, Play Soccer Ghana focused mainly on educating the young females about their health. They not only taught about health through soccer on March 8th but health officials addressed the young women before the soccer tournament educating them about major issues that affect women throughout Ghana. Coaches Across Continents applaud our partners for the difference they made on Women’s Day throughout the world!Image

  • Meet Our Partner Programs in Kenya

    Meet the Society Empowerment Project (SEP)

    1. What is your name and what is your organization?
    I am Festus O. Juma, the Executive Director at SEP. Our Organization name is Society Empowerment Project (SEP).

    2. What is the biggest message you try to teach your kids through the game of soccer? SEP teaches on efficacy through football, focusing on different thematic issues such as Health, Entrepreneurship, Education, gender and Environment and Social inclusion.

    3. Who is your favorite soccer team?
    SEP as a team supports the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, Cambridge, MA.(CRLS)- the Falcons! As Festus, my favorite soccer team is Manchester United.

    4. If you could meet any famous soccer person in the world, who would it be? Why would you
    want to meet them? Samuel E’Too. I would like to meet him to give him a pat on the back, for the good initiative of
    using football to enhance peace, a project he has initiated in Kenya. This is a noble thinking of a player of his caliber.

    5. What is the best thing about working with Coaches Across Continents? The simplified and practical life skills sessions, touching on serious issues like Health, Girl Child Education right and more so, its competent and humorous coaches.

    Meet Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)
    1. What is your name and what is your organization? ENOUCE NDECHE-VIJANA AMANI PAMOJA(VAP)

    2. What is the biggest message you try to teach your kids through the game of soccer? HIV/AIDS PREVENTION

    3. Who is your favorite soccer team? BARCELONA
    4. If you could meet any famous soccer person in the world, who would it be? Why would you want to meet them? DIDIER DROGBA BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN IN THE FOREFRONT FIGHTING HIV/AIDS

    5. What is the best thing about working with Coaches Across Continents? VAP GAINS ADDITIONAL LIFE-SKILLS THAT WORKS WELL WITH THE TARGETED GROUP.

    Meet the Likoni Community Football League

    1. What is your name and what is your organization?  Ben Levey, Likoni Community Football League

    2. What is the biggest message you try to teach your kids through the game of soccer? To work together as a team.  Whether it is on the field or in the community, teamwork is essential to success.

    3. Who is your favorite soccer team? Arsenal

    4. If you could meet any famous soccer person in the world, who would it be and why? Patrice Evra.  He is a leader on the field and demonstrates it in all facets of the game.  Also, left-back is the position I play :).

    5. What is the thing you are looking forward to most about working with Coaches Across Continents? I look forward to having coaches from all over the world meet the local coaches within the community and watch them work together (“pamoja”) for a common goal.  All the coaches in Likoni have an amazing amount of passion for their club and their kids. I also look forward to seeing the positive impact Coaches Across Continents will make to benefit each coach’s club and eventually the entire community.

    Meet Kisumu Youth Football Association

    1. What is your name and what is your organization? My name is Rachelle Strawther-Okumu and I am the Manager of the Kisumu Youth Football Association (KYFA).

    2. What is the biggest message you try to teach your kids through the game of soccer?  Football needs teamwork, leadership, practice, and fairness. So does everything in life. What you learn from playing football, practice in your daily life.

    3. Who is your favorite team? Manchester United

    4. If you could meet any famous soccer person in the world, who would it be and why? I would like to meet Zidane – because I have always wondered what really happened during the 2006 World Cup Finals and why his career had to end that way.

    5. What is the thing you are looking forward to most about working with Coaches Across Continents? Best thing about Coaches Across Continents is the way they make football FUN! Sometimes there is so much pressure and politics in football (yes, even youth football) that coaches forget to have fun with the kids. CAC is a great reminder to them.