• CAC’s COVID-19 Resource

    July 30th Update. 96% of Coaches Across Continents (CAC) partners reported the mental well-being of youth they impact has been moderately or severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. CAC has adapted a specialized play-based educational resource from our existing Purposeful Play curriculum library which addresses issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, balancing emotions, stress, and loneliness.
    The games 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. This resource is coming soon!

    CAC is going to be #PartOfTheSolution as we fight this global COVID-19 pandemic. Education on COVID-19 is urgently needed by children globally. Many of the communities in which we work do not have access to running water and live in heavily congested communities making social distancing far more challenging.  Donate to CAC’s work to support our play-based response to this crisis.

    As the global leader in Purposeful Play, CAC have released a new Purposeful Play curriculum packet to educate communities, coaches, and children on best practices associated with the coronavirus and other communicable diseases. The COVID-19 resource has been distributed to all of our 75 impact partners in 45 countries addressing UNSDG3: Good Health and Well-being and UNSDG4: Quality Education.

    The packet is divided into 2 general sections:

    1. Resources that include

    • Talking with Youth about Scary Diseases
    • Myths & Facts
    • Coaching Guidelines
    • Research & Science Facts

    2. Activities specially designed to focus on

    • Best practices to avoid contracting the virus (hand washing, social distancing, and more)
    • Best practices to avoid spreading the virus if you become infected (testing, isolation)

    Unlike most CAC Purposeful Play curriculum all activities in this packet are designed to be played with as little physical contact as possible. For more information about our COVID-19 Curriculum contact us at

    More on CAC’s COVID-19 Response

    • CAC Founder Nick Gates presented our COVID-19 curriculum on Beyond Sport’s inaugural community chat on April 9th. Here is a link to the full recording of that chat.
    • We are pleased to be a supporting signatory on Soccer Without Borders and America SCORES’ call to address youth isolation during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • We are a supporter of the European Football for Development Network’s #SupporterofEachOther initiative.
  • Addressing UNSDG 4 in Sonora

    Update November 2020. We are thrilled to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Secretaría de Educación y Cultura (SEC) and Fundación del Empresariado Sonorense (FESAC) which formalizes their use of Purposeful Play in the state wide education system in Mexico. 

    In February 2020 the CAC team were back in Sonora, Mexico working with PE teachers from across the state to design and deliver Purposeful Play curriculum and Self-Directed Learning teaching methodology to address UNSDG 4: Quality Education.

    In the past 4 years the partnership between Coaches Across Continents and Sonora Ministry of Education has provided opportunities for life-long learning and professional development to 500 PE teachers across Sonora state, Mexico, centered on equitable, quality education through sport. Now the Secretary has asked for us to continue consulting for the schools of Sonora, with the goal of reaching all school districts in the state (2,500+ schools and 600,000+ youth). Over 70% of teachers trained by CAC apply the curricula in their classes every week, and over 97% of respondents said they have learned useful tools to complement the objectives of their classes

    How do we address UNSDG4: Quality Education in this partnership?

    Global Goal Target 4.5: Eliminate gender disparities in education.
    – 100% of these Sonoran educators agree that they are better prepared to create equal opportunities for girls and boys.
    Global Goal Target 4A: Education facilities are child, disability and gender sensitive; learning
    environments are safe, nonviolent, inclusive.
    – Over 95% of teacher respondents now find ways to include students with physical and intellectual disabilities in their class.
    Global Goal Target 4.7: Learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable
    development.
    – Over 87% of respondents feel that because of CAC they can support their students in gaining skills
    needed to promote sustainable development. The top reasons cited are: we can create consciousness
    easily, the tools are extremely versatile, and the content is relevant.

    Quotes from Sonora teachers

    “ Following the CAC training I do not push troubled students aside if they are acting out. We do not always know their story and it is our role as educators to make them feel welcomed and safe in the environment we create.” – Raúl Arvizu Ríos
    “Thanks to CAC I have created a game about a real issue for my students, the changes in US border laws under President Trump, in order to teach them their rights but also to discuss what it means to respect people who are different from you.” – Javier Salas Fierro
    “I have seen the children change, for they have the highest self-esteem. Now they look for me if they
    have any problems like violence within the family. They trust me and we are solving problems.” – Laura
    Elena Olivia Gaxiola
    “CAC’s curriculum allows me to address difficult issues in my class because the students can play a role
    on the field that they cannot play in real life. It allows them to put themselves in each other’s shoes and
    be respectful with each other.”- Veronica Rodríguez

  • CAC & Catalyst Foundation

    October 19th Update. The leaders on our Accredited Coach program identified physical and emotional abuse as being a significant problem in their communities around Palestine. As a result we have co-designed a child protection commitment with the leaders to bring make sure that their understanding of Child Safeguarding includes what is Safe for the Youth, what is Safe for the Teacher, Safe for the School/Organization, and Safe for the Community. The Catalyst Accredited Coach leaders are now working to integrate this commitment into their organizations including the Ministry of Education which reaches thousands of children across Palestine.

    July 10th Update. Following orientation, the first major online task for the participants in June 2020 was to use the shared curriculum to design their own Purposeful Play games on our Sport Session Planner platform. In 4 weeks of managing this task, including 2 more full group calls, the 20 Palestinian candidates have designed 100 new games total which address UNSDG4: Quality Education through play. This incredible process has resulted in a massive amount of play-based games which Palestinian leaders will now be able to use in their community work with youth once conditions allow.

    April 22nd Update. By March 2020 we had received 139 inspiring applications for the 20 spots on the course. Following a vetting process we interviewed the top candidates and selected the final 20 by April 2020.

    January 14th 2020. CAC is delighted to announce a new partnership in 2020 with The Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education. With the support of The Catalyst Foundation, CAC will deliver the first-ever Accredited Coach Hub in Palestine to accredit local leaders in the use of Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom to impact UNSDG 4: Quality Education.

    CAC will work with Palestinian leaders year-round, sharing our 28 strategic resources and supporting their work to improve school attendance and retention rates. Over the next two months CAC will be tapping into our networks in Palestine to select the 20 leaders who will participate in this program and become candidates for CAC Coach Accreditation in Purposeful Play. We are excited to launch into the new year with new partners like The Catalyst Foundation and to build on our impact with the incredible people we work and play with in Palestine. For more information please contact charlie@coachesacrosscontinents.org.

  • A Programme That Packed SWAGA

    This week, we worked with Sports with a Goal Africa (SWAGA) in Mogotio, Kenya. Although we had an abbreviated program, we played a total of 22 games that reinforced #EducationOutsideoftheClassroom and #PurposefulPlay through on-field training sessions, game reviews, game creation, and off-field discussions. Most of the games focused on two UNSDGs, UNSDG 5 – Gender Equality and UNSDG 10 – Reduced Inequality. We also had an impactful discussion about Child Rights and debated local opinions about corporal punishment. This discussion concluded with a Child Rights Policy that each participant signed, which outlined how they, as teachers and coaches, can help to protect the rights of children in their communities.
    We spent a total of 3 days on-field with SWAGA participants, most of them were teachers in the girls’ boarding high school where the training was taking place, Kimng’orom Girls Secondary School. It was a positive opportunity for the pupils to see their teachers learning new games and wonderful to see the teachers engaging the students and coaching the games that they had learned. I feel that Kimng’orom is in a good position to impact the lives of the community around it through #PurposefulPlay since now we have worked with many of the teachers to share knowledge about sports for social impact.
  • A Week of Reflection and Growth for Green Kenya

    Most of the time when one hears about On-Field training, they picture running around the football pitch with a ball. However, during Green-Kenya’s week of On-Field training with Coaches Across Continents, our games focused less on the physical aspect of the sport and more on addressing different social issues, questioning harmful practices in the community, teaching Self-Directed Learning methodology, and encouraging critical thinking with the participants. With this in mind, we focused on child rights as well as the UNSDG#4: Quality Education during our week On-Field with CAC. At Green Kenya, we strongly believe in participatory education. By exposing children to open discussion and encouraging their input, we can teach them that their opinions are important.

    Our first on-field training with CAC provided us at Green-Kenya with a bird’s eye view of our program. We gained valuable learning experiences, from working with youth leaders, to networking with other coaches, to handling unforeseen situations.This year will mark the 5th year since Green-Kenya was founded specifically to implement CAC Curriculum in Nairobi (especially addressing UNSDG13: Climate Action) and the experience that we have gained from the training is very important in the next phase of the organization. Aside from the lessons learned in on-field training, the Green-Kenya team had valuable discussions with Jamie to reflect on the last 4 years since G-K was founded – what worked well, what did not work, and what can be done to improve the delivery of our sessions to meet the needs of our participants. I am confident that the on-field games and off-field reflection with CAC will enhance Green-Kenya’s ability to help youth discover and develop their potential by teaching them to set goals and make effective decisions.