• 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.

    https://web.facebook.com/AssociationBRIGHT

    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

    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.

    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.

  • Going The Extra Mile to Combat COVID-19

    We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Bloomberg Extra Mile in China and Japan. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic Bloomberg’s Square Mile Relays, held in cities around the world, were canceled for 2020. Instead they have switched to virtual races and challenges with a portion of the money raised going to local charities in each location as part of The Extra Mile initiative. Coaches Across Continents, working with local partners, is The Extra Mile partner in Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.

    We will be using our adaptable COVID-19 curricula to address physical activity, disease prevention, and mental-well-being in each city. CAC will train local coaches and leaders in using the curricula and cover topics of relevance to their communities. Following this training the local coaches in each city will deliver year-round programming in schools and communities with at-risk youth. This programming will ideally be in-person but is adaptable to online if required by national guidelines.

    We also currently work with Bloomberg Extra Mile and Football United in Sydney. In addition CAC has previously delivered Extra Mile programming in Beijing and Tokyo. We are honored to be supported by Bloomberg to address COVID-19 in multiple countries.

  • Healthy Living With Disney

    Coaches Across Continents is delighted to be working with Disney, love.futbol and Think Beyond on a new initiative promoting healthy living within low socio-economic communities in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. Love.futbol are refurbishing safe spaces for play in Boulogne, Buenos Aires and Valle de Chalco outside Mexico City. These safe spaces will be managed by local organizations Revolucion Pelota and Natlik respectively.

    CAC has designed local play-based programming with Revolucion Pelota and Natlik aligned with Disney’s healthy living principles. These programs, utilizing the new safe spaces, will address topics related to UNSDG3: Good Health & Wellbeing including nutrition, hydration, physical activity, and promotion of a positive personal lifestyle over the course of 9-12 months. Our role includes a Purposeful Play curriculum, designing monitoring and evaluation systems and online training of local leaders.

    This exciting initiative follows on the heels of our partnership with ESPN, whose parent company is Disney, in Sydney and Puerto Rico over the past 2 years. We are pleased to bring this productive partnership to new communities, adapted for local realities and challenges.

  • SuperHero, Elvis Nshimba

    After a two week break, our 2020 on-field delivery returned last week and we were delighted to work with our long-term CIC, Elvis Nshimba, in the community of Kalebuka, Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Elvis Nshimba reminds us of a SuperHero. In the community of Kalebuka, he is one of the many superstars of our partners Malaika. Malaika provide free primary and secondary education to over 300 girls, run a successful community centre and have recently installed and refurbished 19 wells in their local community – ensuring that over 30,000 people have access to clean drinking water. Amidst this force of change, Elvis spent years building his career as an English teacher and as his skills grew, so did his responsibilities. So much so, that his ‘day job’ is now as part of the Executive Team where he oversees the programmes and the evaluation of initiatives throughout the school.

    And like any superhero, Elvis has an alter ego. He is one of the world’s leading #PurposefulPlay Educators! A Community Impact Coach since 2014, Elvis’ energy and enthusiasm are infectious and participants in his training sessions always want more. Elvis has impacted over 10,000 children in his time with CAC, running programmes in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and most recently, running his own #EducationOutsideTheClassroom programme in the DRC.

    With CAC’s support, Elvis delivered a world class programme for teachers, coaches and educators – providing mentorship around Covid-19 safety, CAC SAFE and gender equality.

     

  • Mental Well-Being With Commonwealth Moves

    In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic CAC is honoured to have joined forces with Commonwealth Moves, an initiative of The Commonwealth Secretariat, to address Mental Well-Being in youth. We collaborate to create a play-based resource and supplementary information document both of which can be accessed through this link. This resource is free to use by sport for development practitioners, coaches, managers, and organizations globally.

    – In a recent survey 96% of Coaches Across Continents (CAC) partners reported the mental well-being of youth they impact has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    – With the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat, CAC has created a specialised play-based educational resource covering issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, balancing emotions, stress, and loneliness.

    – The games shared are adaptable to varying numbers of participants and national restrictions (distancing, hygiene, one-person activity). As a result it can be used in contexts where isolation, social distancing and public hygiene measures are necessary.

    – The supplementary resource offers guidelines and recommendations on vital topics associated with mental well-being such as: Online Safeguarding and Protection of Children, Connecting Virtually, and Monitoring and Evaluation of the resource.