Arusha To The Field!
We are back on-field after a break and this time it’s the Tanzanian Duo of Nico Achimpota and Estahappy Mariki who are delivering Purposeful Play in the city of Arusha, Tanzania. With a combined 12 years of experience in delivering Education Outside the Classroom, we can bet the participants were Arushing to the field…
Back on-field in Tanzania, we arranged for two of our most experienced Community Impact Coaches to deliver a 3-day programme to The Girls Foundation of Tanzania (TGFT) which is based in Arusha. Founded in 2010, TGFT have been empowering young girls and women in their communities with exceptional education, so they can become the next generation of leaders.
In attendance were 18 teachers, leaders and coaches and they played over 25 games from CAC’s curriculum. While we give support and recommendations to the coaches and what to play, as part of our methodology we like to also encourage them to make their own choices on what they feel is most relevant to the community – so it was inspiring to see Nico and Estahappy deliver some of the training on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
We have now been able to support our CIC’s to deliver 5 programmes since Covid-19 took over in March. A total of 15 days, impacting over 15,000 children and young people. Be on the lookout for upcoming programmes in Cameroon, India and more!
CAC Partners With Coerver
Two global leaders in sport- Coerver and Coaches Across Continents- are partnering to bring the world’s best football development app to the poorest communities. The Coerver Players Club app is set to revolutionize the way football is delivered to children. Thanks to Coaches Across Continents network of organisations and the generosity of Coerver together we will make sure that this amazing app is made available to children from all walks of life.
Launching in November 2020, the program will pilot in South Africa and Cambodia before spreading across the rest of Asia. The goal of the project is to allow children to continue their football development, have regular access to exercise and improve their mental health whilst the world battles the global COVID-19 pandemic. Together we are creating a global legacy program that will benefit the youth of today.
Inspired by the revolutionary football development philosophy of legendary Dutch coach Wiel Coerver, Coerver® Coaching was founded in 1984 by Alf Galustian and former Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke. Since 1984, Coerver® Coaching has been at the center of the evolution of skilful, modern football, and is now a recognised leader in youth football education worldwide.
The Coerver® methodology is currently delivered to players, coaches and clubs in excess of 50 countries across the globe at all levels of the game. Throughout our 36 year history, Coerver® Coaching has worked with some of the world’s leading federations, clubs, coaches and players.
About Coaches Across Continents
Coaches Across Continents is an award-winning non-profit that works with education and community development. We design, develop, and implement partnerships with governments, foundations, corporations, and community-based organizations to create legacies based on the United Nations Sustainable Development GoalsIn the last decade Coaches Across Continents have won 29 global awards for our work delivering Purposeful Play in 133 countries which impacts over 16 million people.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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.
TapIn and CAC
Coaches Across Continents and TapIn Mobile Solutions are excited to announce a strategic global partnership. TapIn and CAC will explore opportunities to support league management efforts for CAC member organizations whilst finding ways to share CAC curriculum through the TapIn App.
CAC: Coaches Across Continents works with governments, corporations, foundations, and community-based organizations to implement our Purposeful Play programming and create lasting social change based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In 12 years the organization has won 29 global awards for their work in over 70 countries impacting over 23 million people.
TapIn: Born out of the hope to run competitive youth football leagues in environments where that was previously just a dream, the TapIn Mobile Solutions platform is a revolutionary user-centric end to end smartphone application that automates all league management processes. Built for players, coaches, referees, field owners, administrators and fans, the TapIn app connects those who make the game happen and handles everything from player registration and coach education to referee payment and post game reporting.