• Indochina Starfish Foundation of Cambodia Accredited by Coaches Across Continents

    Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) is a Cambodian charity with over 13 years of experience using education and sport to change lives.  In Cambodia, less than 5% of youth will finish high school. The poverty many children live in not only strips them of their childhood but it also means that they miss out on an education and vital life skills that are taught through peer interaction and play. Through their Education Programme, Football Programme and Community Development Projects ISF is supporting those most in need to build a brighter future.

    CAC has worked alongside ISF staff, coaches and young leaders since 2013. We have seen first-hand their growth when it comes to integrating play-based activities with key social and educational learning methodologies. Many ISF coaches have joined the CAC team over the years to facilitate Purposeful Play trainings for other leaders in communities beyond the ISF home in Phnom Penh. And after several years of learning and evolving together in partnership we are delighted to present ISF as a CAC accredited organization in using Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    Thank you ISF for your partnership and we look forward to many more years of playing and learning with you!
  • We Are Moving With Rexona

    Creating Legacies 17, the Coaches Across Continents consultancy brand, is proud to be a partner on the Rexona Breaking Limits Programme. Rexona, also known as Degree, Sure or Shield, is a Unilever deodorant brand dedicated to getting people moving.

    The Breaking Limits Programme is a cutting-edge initiative developed in partnership with Beyond Sport to transform the lives of young people through sport and physical activity. Launched on April 6th, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the programme will empower millions of young people with the confidence and opportunity to move more. Everyone deserves the right to experience the many benefits movement brings – whoever you are, however you move. Follow @rexona to learn more about the #Rexona #BreakingLimits programme.

    Coaches Across Continents, alongside fellow program partners The Change Foundation and The Sports Creative, have designed and delivered online video and program content for organisations around the world to use in their sustainable local play-based programming. Virtual Modules will be provided for both introductory and advanced level coaches and organisations. Coaches Across Continents Modules are focused on Confidence and Access, and Inclusion.

    Click here to fill out a short form and access the digital training platform including Module 2: Confidence and Access.

    Thanks to the incredible CAC leaders who assisted us in putting Module 2 together- Daniela Gutierrez, David Mulo, Elvis Nshimba, Freya Levy, Jaspreet Kaur, Jesus Valenzuela, Jonathan Hannay, Lee Docherty, Lina Restrepo, Luis Mendoza, Nico Achimpota, Orlando Carlos de Villa Neto, Patty Caceres, Romina Calatayud, Rose Abou Elias, Tejas R, and Vero Turiza.

    Click here to fill out a short form and access the digital training platform including Module 3: Inclusion.

    Thanks to the incredible CAC leaders who assisted us in putting Module 3 together- Amanda Bezerra, Ariel Wulfman, Benny Marquis, Daniela Gutierrez, David Mulo, Estahappy Mariki, Lina Restrepo, Maria Alejandra Vanegas Muñoz, Regina Bezerra, Vero Turiza, and Vicente Gabriel Valdelamar.

    About Rexona

    Rexona’s Belief
    • Rexona believes in the power of movement to transform lives
    • Everyone should be able to experience the incredible physical, mental and social benefits
    movement brings – whoever you are, however you move

    The Issue
    • Too many people face barriers preventing them from moving.
    • Self-doubt holds people back. They fear failure or judgement from others and lack
    confidence in their own ability.
    • Society further fuels our fear. Too often, people are made to feel they aren’t capable of
    doing something by others. They face discrimination because of their race, gender or
    perceived ability.

    Rexona’s Purpose
    • Sure is fighting for a world where everyone has the confidence to move more.

    Rexona Breaking Limits Programme
    • The Rexona Breaking Limits Programme will empower young people with the confidence and
    opportunity to move.
    • The programme has the power to transform the lives of young people. Because through
    movement, everyone can find the confidence to break limits – those set by themselves and
    by society.

     

  • COVID-19 Recovery

    In 2020, Coaches Across Continents (CAC), with the Commonwealth Secretariat, created a play-based educational resource, covering issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, and stress. 96% of CAC partners reported the mental well-being of youth they engage has been affected by the pandemic. The resource seeks to benefit any organisation, community, coach, or teacher who interact with young people. The activities are adaptable to participant numbers and restrictions (distancing, hygiene etc) so they can be used in contexts where social distancing and hygiene measures are necessary.  

    In many ways COVID-19 has brought the world together as we adapt to the lack of travel and group experiences by connecting online and through messaging platforms. We can increase access to sport for development by designing interactive learning techniques accessible for all such as global video sharing and collaboration, active sport for development video games, and virtual reality technology.

    COVID-19 has denied people the ability to socialise, play, and move, causing everyone to re-assess what really matters.  One of the key opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic recovery presents to sport and play is that its benefits have been reinforced in people’s minds. We can build back better post COVID-19 by re-emphasising sport and play’s role in the emotional and social development of young people as opposed to primarily its role in elite talent development. Coaches using resources such as our Mental Health through Sport curriculum in their work will transform the perception of play in the minds of young people, parents, teachers, and communities.

  • Niñas Sin Miedo: the first CAC Accredited Organization of 2021

    Based in Soacha and Bogotá, Colombia, Niñas Sin Miedo (NSM) is a female-led organization serving girls and young women from underserved communities. Using the bicycle as their central tool, they provide opportunities for girls to learn and express their voices, their ideas and their power. They focus on supporting the girls to address specific challenges and issues like sexual and reproductive health and rights, and they provide endless opportunities for the girls to play and take ownership of their learning and development.

    We have partnered with NSM since 2017 and it has been a privilege to witness and support their evolution. They are one of the most socially-conscious organizations in the world and our global network has the honor of learning and sharing with these incredible women. One of the NSM coordinators was a Michael Johnson Young Leader in 2018 and then later traveled alongside CAC to deliver on-field Education Outside the Classroom trainings all over Colombia.

    On this International Women’s Day 2021, there are few groups who embody the #ChooseToChallenge theme like Niñas Sin Miedo. We are thrilled to announce Niñas Sin Miedo as an accredited organization in using Purposeful Play to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Mind Your Mind

    Our latest on-field programme is with the incredible Sports With a Mission (SWAM) India team, who have been using Purposeful Play in Bangalore to raise awareness of Mental Health. Delivered by Superstar CIC Benny and his wife Nandini, Team SWAM continue to show the power of Education Outside the Classroom…

    Sports With A Mission (SWAM) is a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India. We teach life skills through sports for vulnerable population. SWAM teaches education outside the classroom through purposeful play and we encourage self-directed learning, through which we address the United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals #3, 4 and 5, which focus on General Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education and Gender Equality.

    In partnership with CAC, we decided to deliver a program to 15 participants, so we could comply with local government restrictions. The only thing that was on our mind is which group to reach out to for the program because our regular football club players had exams. We contacted young man named Vimal who has a dance studio, as he had reached out to us earlier to conduct some workshops for his students. He was very eager and excited and immediately put together a group of 14 members.

    The preparations for the event began by clearing out the ground and trying to make it as even as possible to avoid injuries. The next thing was to see if we had all the resources for the event. We went shopping for refreshments, balls, bibs and markers. We created posters and banners for the program and got our first standee made to showcase what work we do. We did a little research about getting in mobile toilets but they were too expensive and there was a lack of water at the venue. The day before the event we took all our material right from tables, chairs, first aid kits, water cans and drinking water in our small car. We were shocked to see the number of things that fit into it.

    Finally, the day to begin the event, it rained the previous day and the whole ground was slushy. There was a lot of anxiety because we were unsure of the participants showing up. When we saw them enter it was clear to us that most often we live with assumptions the reality is very different. The participants came with an empty mind because they did not know what our sessions would be like and were surprised at the end of the first session as to how games can make us understand so many issues that are otherwise swept under the carpet. The participants enjoyed the Playing with Distance games, a serious discussion happened after the Balancing Emotions because most of them would not express other emotions apart from happiness due to shame, fear of judgment and labeling, fear of losing a friend, discomfort within the group. After the program they realized the importance of expression and communication, most of them are ready to make a change and will try to implement what they have learnt in the program. The group is interested in continuing their relationship with SWAM with more such workshops every quarter.

  • CAC Announces New 2021 Impact Partners!

    CAC is experiencing some bursts of energy at the end of a challenging year thanks to our new community partners!! Many of these groups applied months, some years, ago and we are excited to have new consultancy systems in place to support them into 2021 and well beyond.

    Association BRIGHT is a new organization in Cameroon led by an incredible woman who fled with her family from Rwanda during the genocide. Her vision is a world where all refugee and disadvantaged people can access education that enables them to thrive and make positive change. Often, our decisions on who we select as new partners are based on the people behind the partnership application. We are delighted to supported Association BRIGHT as they build their new initiative.

    Chocó Unido CF is a brilliant example of a social enterprise, operating in one of the regions of Colombia most affected by poverty, violence and drug production. They use football as their choice means of social and community transformation and we are excited to learn with them over the coming years. And quick shoutout to our mutual partners Saeta Sport who support our work with GOALS Haiti and who made this connection possible while CAC was in Colombia in early 2019.
    Instagram: @chocounido

    Facebook: choco unido cf

    Community Health Education Sports Initiative Zambia is an organization based in Kabwe, Zambia. Their mission is to create an innovative community and enable participation in the development process. They are particularly keen to have CAC’s support in gaining more tools to serve women, girls and people with different abilities- and we are looking forward to meeting this challenge!

    https://www.facebook.com/communityhealtheducationsportsin…

    FireFly Syria is an organization based in Turkey that serves Syrian refugees through various educational programs. They are excited to learn from the CAC global collaboration and gain new tools to deliver Purposeful Play programs. And we are excited to learn with them!

    https://www.facebook.com/fireflysyria/

    Kigezi Soccer Academy is a small organization in Kigezi, Uganda and we are delighted to accept them into our global collaboration. We particularly love their emphasis on creating opportunities for girls to play! And we are already planning an on-field training with their leaders in December, led by our incredible Community Impact Coach, Salim, from long-time CAC partner, Mbarara Soccer Academy.

    Facebook: Kigezi Soccer Academy
    Twitter: @kigezisoccer

    Instagram: Kigezi Soccer Academy

    LionHeart in the Community (LITC) is an organization based in England and Cameroon. Thanks to SoccerEx for the introduction! LITC aims aim is to harness the power of sports to create opportunities for young people in the community. They are dedicated to underpinning intergenerational engagement of people from all backgrounds and encouraging them to positively contribute to their local and global communities. After our first few conversations we know this can be a long-term impactful partnership and we are excited to get started!

    https://www.instagram.com/lionheartlitc

    Manluku Youth Development Initiatives Tanzania (MYDIA-TZ) is an organization that takes CAC back to where it all started in 2008. They serve the Kigoma region of mainland TZ – a place we know well. We are delighted to have another partner in the mix and love that the focus of MYDIA-TZ includes issues like sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustainable socio-economic development.

    https://twitter.com/ManlukuI

    Querés Jugar is a fun organization based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We met them at SoccerEx and we are excited about the ideas and visions we already share! They aim to offer young people access to their rights through sports in recreational ways where they are at the center of all organizational decisions.

    facebook: @quierojugarenprimera
    instagram: @queres_jugar_

    youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyY5gsbxCibimJwftVPjWdg

    Rwanda Youth Clubs for Peace Organization (RYCPO) has an amazing story and history with CAC! They first participated in a CAC training with another partner (our trainings are always open!) in 2016. Since then they have grown and continued to share with CAC to the point where we are now entering into an official partnership. RYCPO works with local youth to empower them in peace building, human rights, good governance, unity and reconciliation. We are excited to support and learn from this small organization in Rubavu, Rwanda!

    https://www.facebook.com/Ryclupo/

    South End Soccer, an organization based in Boston, MA, USA, gives urban youth the opportunity to play soccer regardless of prior experience or economic means; and use the sport as a tool to connect their diverse community. This partnership is close to home for some of our CAC team leaders and we are excited to work together with this amazing organization to challenge harmful cultures in the US!

    FB: @SouthEndSoccerBoston

    Insta: southendsoccer

    Sports for Hope and Independence (SHI) is an organization based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Their mission is to run sustainable sports for development programs by providing access to opportunities to participate in sporting activities while contributing to the sustainable development goals, especially the economic empowerment of underserved communities. They were also one fo the first groups to engage the displaced Rohingya community through sport. We are looking forward to working with them!!

    https://shibangladesh.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/shiBangladesh/

    The Little Volunteer Organization is based in Khartoum, Sudan and offers many different types of activities to develop children’s skills, talents and potential as well as promote and support children’s full participation in the political, social, and economic development of their communities. The team of leaders is supported by UNICEF and full of fun energy and we are excited to learn and share with them in this new partnership!

    https://m.facebook.com/little.volunteer1

    Topos FC is a unique new partnership for the CAC global collaboration! They aim to contribute to the development of children, youth and adults with visual disabilities through the practice of adapted futsal, and to promote training processes to achieve their full inclusion in society. We are excited to work together with Topos to develop and share tools locally and internationally that support all people with different abilities to engage in sport and play.

    Wallrunners of Gaza. A late and brilliant addition to our new partner cohort for 2021, CAC is delighted to welcome Wallrunners of Gaza, Palestine. Wallrunners is an inclusive sports and culture community that use parkour to create safe spaces for young people to play and develop their skills. We can’t wait to add this new energy to our global collaboration and learn together as Wallrunners expands beyond Gaza to vulnerable communities in Kenya, India and Afghanistan.

    https://wallrunners.org/

    Yoga and Sport for Refugees (YSFR) was founded in 2017 in Lesbos, Greece as a response to the Mediterranean humanitarian crisis, in which thousands of people fleeing the war risk their lives to reach European coasts. YSFR seeks to accompany refugees, defend human rights that are continually violated in camps, to empower refugees and migrants through sport, integrate them into the community, and improve their physical and mental health. CAC is delighted to welcome YSFR into our global collaboration and learn together moving forward.

    https://twitter.com/sport4refugees?lang=en

    Fundación de las Américas (FUDELA) is an Ecuadorian NGO founded in 2005 with the aim to transform lives by promoting educational, cultural, economic and social inclusion of children, teens, youths and families at risk with a holistic human development and rights based approach. FUDELA uses sports, art and other tools to develop and strengthen human and technical skills.

    Raya34 Sports is a Barbados organization that we met during a pilot event with Concacaf W. And now we will be working together to support Raya34’s mission: To empower and develop young people through the blending of sports and education.

    raya34sports.com,

    https://www.facebook.com/raya34sports

    https://www.instagram.com/raya34sports/

    https://twitter.com/Raya34Sports

     

    FutboLISTAS is a new organization based in Sevilla, Spain that works to teach English and life skills to girls through soccer and mentorship. We are thrilled to welcome them to our network and work to support them with curriculum, training and other year-round resources for the development of organizations and coaches.

    links:

    https://www.futbolistassevilla.es/

    https://www.facebook.com/futboLISTASsevilla/

    https://instagram.com/futbolistassevilla

    https://twitter.com/futbolistassvq

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/futbolistassevilla