• #BuiltToPlay with ESPN in Sydney

    February 28th 2019. We are delighted to announce our collaboration with ESPN/Disney, and other incredible partners in Sydney, Australia as part of their global Built to Play project.

    Today, Coaches Across Continents were delighted to be present at the official opening of a new, multifunctional sports space in Mount Druitt, Sydney, Australia. The first of its kind that ESPN/Disney has done in Sydney and the eighth Built to Play project globally. The space, built by community volunteers and ESPN and Disney employees, is designed to provide a safe place to play for the surrounding community, as well as offer ongoing programming using the power of sports to educate young people on key local issues. The event included music, special cultural performances, and a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a showcase of the programming that will occur onsite. The project is led by ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, in collaboration with Education Outside the Classroom organizations, love.futbol, Coaches Across Continents and PCYC Mt Druitt.

    CAC is proud to be a part of this ESPN/Disney #BuiltToPlay initiative that brings a Love.Fútbol safe space and CAC’s Purposeful Play to PCYC Mt. Druitt to benefit tens of thousands of children and their families for years to come. – Brian Suskiewicz, Chief Executive, CAC

    As well as showcasing CAC’s work during the inauguration, our Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz will be running a Purposeful Play training program for PCYC coaches, teachers and community leaders over the next 3 days on the new pitches. We will then work closely with the PCYC to implement programming around key social topics identified by them over the next 10 months. Topics include community re-integration, gender equality, conflict prevention, health and substance abuse. The project will also include opportunities for ESPN employees in Sydney to engage with the PCYC, CAC and the community initiative throughout 2019.

    Because of #BuiltToPlay we have the potential ability to further develop our programming regarding youth guidance in education, safety, and core values to another level. – Lance Chaloner, Senior Club Manager at PCYC Mt. Druitt

  • The Big Issue

    September 19, 2016.  CAC were delighted to run our first ever program in Oceania recently. This one was with the Big Issue Street Soccer Program in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

    If you mention “The Big Issue” in Australia, people immediately think of the social enterprise magazine that is sold on street corners as a way to give employment to homeless individuals.  But many people don’t realize that the Big Issue also has a Street Soccer program, running in 19 communities throughout Australia.  Anyone is welcome to join the Big Issue Street Soccer program, and communities have embraced refugees, people with physical and intellectual disabilities, the homeless, and everyone in between.  The sense of community is strong at each site, and they even run weekly programming in two separate prison populations in Victoria.

    During the last two weeks, Coaches Across Continents has worked with Big Issue Street Soccer in Sydney and Melbourne by visiting their sites, working alongside their coaches, and sharing knowledge.  A training course was held in Sydney that attracted other organizations as well as the Big Issue coaches from Newcastle and Canberra.  In Melbourne, a special course was arranged through the Melbourne City in the Community Foundation, where 20+ groups looking to use sport for social impact were in attendance.

    In every instance, the ability to use a curriculum to create social impact during the games was the strongest impact.  The Big Issue offers opportunities and networking by connecting participants to various social support services and providing valuable information, and the CAC curriculum can now be used to enhance that impact, serving nearly 1,000 individuals across Australia.  Coaches now understand how to reinforce the mentoring lessons that are occurring Off-Field while they are coaching On-Field.

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