CAC at AFC-EPL Social Development Conference
July 20, 2017. CAC Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz is on a panel focusing on Female Engagement at the AFC – Premier League Football Social Development Conference 2017 in Hong Kong this week. Questions are expected to focus on our involvement with the AFC as their official legacy partner with work currently occurring in Nepal and the Philippines.
This bi-annual event, put on by Coaches Across Continents’ partner the Asian Football Confederation, will be attended by approximately 250 people. Speakers include representatives from the English Premier League teams, various AFC Football Associations, and NGOs such as Coaches Across Continents. Also being presented will be the AFC Dream Asia Awards 2017.
Other speakers on the Female Engagement panel include Vicky Jepson (Liverpool FC Ladies), Chan Yuen Ting (Eastern Sports Club Coach), Bai Lili (AFC Head of Women’s Football Development), Shafic Gawhari (Moby Group – Afghanistan), and Betty Wong (Head Coach of Hong Kong Women’s National Team).
CAC Empowers Leaders in Qatar
March 31, 2014. Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a member of the Qatar Foundation, hosted a three-day event in Doha, Qatar called EMPOWER 2014. CAC’s Chief Executive Strategist, Brian Suskiewicz, was invited to represent our organization as a key player in the field of sport for development. This was ROTA’s 6th annual youth conference on leadership, service learning, and global citizenship. For 2014 the underlying theme was Sport for Youth Empowerment.
Over the course of these three days Brian participated on a panel, held a workshop, and ran an on-field session. The panel discussion was on “Sports for Education and Youth Empowerment” and Brian’s fellow panelists included Pratik Kumar, the CEO of our new partners, Magic Bus India, as well as Mark Haig, the director of the Liverpool FC Foundation and Dr. Aumu Obama from Sauti Kuu in Kenya. During this panel Brian told our story, answering questions such as, “How did your organization get started using sports as a way of engaging youth?” and “What is the biggest accomplishment that your organization has achieved by using sports?” He also spoke of the “power of sport” and what it means to our organization.
The members of this conference were young leaders from the USA, Brazil, and the throughout Middle East between the ages of 16 and 26. A huge part of what we do at CAC, working with young leaders has its challenges but is infinitely rewarding. Brian took the participants through a classroom workshop centered on our self-directed learning model. After speaking about how self-directed learning can be taught through sport, Brian engaged the participants in creating their own sport for social impact games, targeting social issues that exist in their own communities. These games were presented to the group at the conclusion of the workshop.
And save the best for last, Brian’s final task at the ROTA youth conference was the on-field session at the world-class Aspire Zone. Brian taught the up and coming games from CAC’s sport for social impact curriculum. The identical three-one hour sessions with new groups of participants focused on using their voice to gain confidence and leadership while playing Circle of Friends, Ronaldo Skills, and then implementing the learned social message of voice into a game of Ronaldo for Fun. The young leaders learned on-field how to integrate social impact messages in a fun and soccer-intensive way during their brief time on the field. One young girl from Qatar came up after the session and told Brian, “That was the most fun I’ve ever had playing soccer” which was the highlight of the day for our Chief Executive.
All in all, this was a great opportunity for CAC to share our work with a great group of young leaders and network with like-minded people and organizations that have similar aims – using sport to make the world a better place. This conference comes on the heels of our recent participation in the Next Step Conference held in India in February and just prior to our upcoming presentations at the first-ever Hofstra Soccer Conference which will be held in New York in April, where Pele will be the guest of honor and receive an honorary degree.
Groundbreaking Partnership with Standard Chartered Bank
April 13th, 2012. Coaches Across Continents has launched a ground breaking partnership with Standard Chartered Bank to deliver a life skills and financial literacy program called Kicking4CHANGE.
The Kicking4CHANGE program officially began in Ghana with a joint 3 day soccer clinic featuring Coaches Across Continents coaches and coaches from Liverpool Football Club. Kicking off the program was Liverpool legend and all time leading goalscorer, Ian Rush.
Standard Chartered Bank has a global reputation for Social Responsibility and community initiatives as well as encouraging their local staff to be part of ongoing volunteer programs. The Kicking4CHANGE initiative is a nationwide program to educate young people on how to make life and financial choices that positively impact their futures.
The Kicking4CHANGE initiative will train more than 500 local teachers and impact more than 20,000 children over 3 years through a series of coach/volunteer and young people sessions throughout Ghana. Coaches Across Continents work with Youth Icons, a Ghana based partner to schedule these training sessions. Through football, Kicking4CHANGE will educate young people on things like the role of a bank, opening a bank account, all the way to identifying and achieving long term financial goals.
“It’s fantastic to see Standard Chartered involved in another great project which can help give kids a better future,” said Reds’ ambassador Ian Rush.
At the official launch in Accra, CAC founder Nick Gates said, “It’s an exciting partnership between two socially responsible organizations, Coaches Across Continents and Standard Chartered Bank, that will impact thousands of young people. We’re delighted to begin the kicking4CHANGE initiative in Ghana and would like to thank Standard Chartered Bank, Liverpool Football Club and Ian Rush for their support.”