CAC Live From The NSCAA
January 19th 2015. Coaches Across Continents Chief Executive Strategist Brian Suskiewicz attended the NSCAA convention in Philadelphia from January 15th-18th. He took part in a podcast with TheDrillBook Digest focusing on Coaches Across Continents and soccer for social change. To hear Brian talk about the organization and the CAC model go to this link- http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HBZZQgFQ. There will also be a longer podcast released soon.
The NSCAA convention is the biggest event for US soccer and its coaches with attendees coming from throughout the world. Alongside the main exhibition hall there are coaching seminars, practical demonstrations and the MLS draft. Coaches Across Continents took part in many important Off-Field and On-Field meetings with coaches, partners and colleges. Events such as the NSCAA convention allow Coaches Across Continents to create partnerships and connections which help us to run programs leading to social change globally.
Again, to listen to Brian go to this link- http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HBZZQgFQ
2013: Off the Field
January 1st 2014. Happy New Year! Coaches Across Continents have had an incredible 2013 both with the programs all over the world and with the development of the organisation to ensure the quality and consistency of the work that is done. Across the board CAC have worked in more countries with more community partners, coached more local coaches and reached more children through the program. This operational growth is not possible without constant work behind the scenes to ensure that CAC adapts and improves to solidify its spot as global leaders in sport for social impact.
Coaches Across Continents is based on collaborative partnerships which are used to ensure the greatest impact for the communities in which we work. From on field partnerships with all 51 of our community partners to off field partnerships which strengthen the organisation they are integral to our success. In 2013 we continued to develop our partnership with One World Futbol, the maker of the virtually indestructible ball. These sustainable balls are now being used at most of our programs with many of our community partners gaining access to the ball. Our network of NGO’s benefits One World Futbol and the balls add great value to our program. We filmed a program in Brazil for One World Futbol/ Chevrolet and ESPN which resulted in some inspiring footage for all parties involved.
Our work with Standard Chartered bank led to many incredible programs in 2013 in Ghana, Tanzania and Indonesia highlighting the potential for successful non-profit and corporate partnerships. The Standard Chartered/ Women Win/ Coaches Across Continents GOAL female empowerment program also succeeded by reaching thousands more young people. CAC also demonstrated our ability to engage employees by running training for a large number of Standard Chartered employees in Indonesia. We have worked closely with other partners such as XL Soccer, and Harvard University in 2013 while our membership within the Street Football World and Beyond Sport networks continue to be invaluable.
CAC have also had a strong presence off the field at global conferences and workshops which highlight the importance of sport and its ability to positively impact communities. In April we attended the Soccerex event in Manchester, UK. Combining with OWF we had a booth and were able to generate exposure and meet with many influential people in the world of sport. This was followed by Nick Gates, the founder of CAC, speaking at a Soccerex convention in Brazil in June. In September CAC participated in the Street Football World North America workshop in Philadelphia. This involved high level meetings focused on strategic direction, monitoring and evaluation and human resource. Following this workshop Nick spoke at the Beyond Soccer and Beyond Sport events in Philadelphia.
This meant that CAC were represented on panels concerning monitoring the success of the program and curriculum development demonstrating the high regard with which CAC is held in the sport for social impact community. Throughout the year CAC has been recognised in the field with requests to both speak and to attend events such as the Doha Goals Forum in December and the Social Venture Network convention in Baltimore. As sport for social impact grows it is clear that CAC has been recognised as a global leader in terms of programming, strategic growth, evaluation and curriculum. This standing in the community has already continued into 2014 with Nick scheduled to speak at a conference in India in February.
The on-field growth over 5 years has precipitated a development and growth in the organisation off the field. There are now more staff to run and develop CAC with more needed in 2014 to continue the previous years successes. Our coach advisory board constantly work to develop our curriculum to be at the forefront of international issues such as child protection and women’s rights. While the business advisory board are key in allowing these programs to run smoothly through their improvement of organisational policies and practices. Our award winning WISER monitoring and evaluation system is regularly tested and adapted to stay ahead of the curve.
We understand the importance of an innovative and relevant organisation and therefore have been undergoing an in depth brand refresh process with the help of the Taiji brand group. In the coming weeks and months this process will be finalised with positive implications for Coaches Across Continents, our community partners and participants. Moving into 2014 CAC will be growing, having impact and having fun with our proven concept of using soccer to create social change in communities across the world.
Coaches Across Continents Speak at Beyond Sport!
20th September 2013. Last week Coaches Across Continents’ founder Nick Gates spoke at the Beyond Soccer and Beyond Sport summits in Philadelphia. These summits, now in their 5th year, brought together all the key players in the sport for social impact field. This included our partners such as GOALS Haiti, Play Soccer International, Rumah Cemara, One World Futbol, Women Win, Soccer Without Borders USA, streetfootballworld, Thomson Reuters, Mifalot and UNICEF.
Nick was invited to speak at a high level Monitoring and Evaluation workshop at the Beyond Soccer summit held at the PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union. He highlighted our innovative WISER reports and their effectiveness at providing us with quantitative and qualitative results. Following this the Beyond Sport summit at LOEWS Hotel, Philadelphia requested his participation in panels discussing curriculum design and model development. During these panels Nick discussed our chance to choice curriculum which uses a Hat-Trick initiative to create sustainable social impact at all of our community partner sites. The conference, which had over 1000 attendees over the 4 days, clearly understood that CAC’s model, curriculum and monitoring and evaluation system is one which should be publicised and emphasised for all organisations working in sport for social impact to learn from.
Due to CAC’s status in the field we were also able to have representatives participating in other workshops which looked at topics such as sustainability, partnerships, branding and youth violence in urban communities. This led to admiration for our work with Community Impact Coaches who are able to have significant impact on their communities and our partnership with One World Futbol which is key to the sustainability of all or our programs. We were also able to engage and develop our links with UNICEF, Rumah Cemara, GOALS Haiti and Mifalot.
The conclusion to the summit was the Beyond Sport awards which included nominations for Rumah Cemara, Soccer Without Borders USA and a great win for Moving the Goalposts Kilifi in the Sport for Health Award category. These awards are particularly important for CAC who won best new project award at the inaugural Beyond Sport 2009. Best new project this year went to Sports for Juvenile Justice a Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative program. We were also able to enjoy talk on key issues from renowned speakers such as Brian Dawkins, David Stern, Dikembe Mutombo, Mayor Michael Nutter, Tim Shriver, Jeffrey Lurie, Will Greenwood, Loretta Claiborne, Tony Sanneh and Governor Ed Rendell.
Learning and Sharing with Streetfootballworld
September 18th 2013. Coaches Across Continents were part of the recent streetfootballworld network meetings in Philadelphia. As an implementing partner of the streetfootballworld, CAC is recognised as a key member of the soccer for social impact community. These meetings took place at the impressive Starfinder Foundation facility and consisted of both on the field coaching and capacity development off the field.
Present at the meetings were representatives from our community partners GOALS Haiti and Play Soccer while the network includes 12 other CAC community partners. Brought together as part of a FIFA Football for Hope exchange program streetfootballworld facilitated the 3 day event with experts in the field contributing to participants learning. On the field coaching was run by Coerver coaching who have over 20 years experience coaching soccer to children and young people all over the world. Their training contains technical skills and small sided games which can be adapted by CAC allowing us to continue to develop new games for our soccer for social impact curriculum. It is also important that we ensure the high quality of coaching by CAC is maintained on the field by our coaches as we continue to grow.
There was also an intensive 3 day capacity development workshop which consisted of 1 day focused on human resources and 2 days of monitoring and evaluation discussions and seminars. These collaborative discussions allowed network members to share their ideas and insights into key topics in the soccer for social impact field. As a result CAC can learn from others and make sure that our social impact is relevant, focused and useful for future programs. Development of our organisation is key to ensuring CAC is able to evaluate success and provide the greatest impact together with our community partners all over the world.