• #PlayItForward in Thailand

    May 1, 2015.  Click here for Part 1 or Part 2.  Friday is Labor Day, a national holiday in Thailand.  And Coaches Across Continents has just completed our second week working with Chevrolet FC and World Vision in Bangkok.  The dozens of participants who attended this week did so from throughout Thailand, meaning that this campaign is having a national impact beyond the refurbished field at Bang Bua school in Bangkok.  Many of the participants work directly with World Vision and will be sharing their learning with other members of their local offices.  Overall, our two weeks of training will impact over 20,000 children.

    Thailand has been a fantastic host for our program.  The director of the Bang Bua School, Miss Aonrumpa Phodaeng, gleefully calls her campus a “happy place.”  The children, staff, and Miss Phodaeng herself radiate joy while you are with them.  However outside of campus there are many serious issues in Thailand.  Trafficking and Health & Wellness issues were highlighted by the local coaches as two areas they would like to address.  There are many types of trafficking, including sexual, conscripting children to become beggars, forced child labor, and even organ trafficking in some instances.  Our curriculum for this week therefore focused on educating about how to use sport for social impact, as well as our Child Rights module.  The coaches highlighted the need to properly educate children about these issues, and were great at being able to extrapolate the messages from our games into social impact teachable moments.

    “I never knew that football can be used to solve problems.  I think I can make a new curriculum to teach children in my community about trafficking, sexual health, and more.  I learned how to use football to teach messages and to adapt and teach children. Thank you to Coaches Across Continents.”

    – Mr. Phongphan Choemue, World Vision, Maesalong Program
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    Finding our voice and learning skills… “Ronaldo One!”

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    GOAL! And getting to watch the GK pick the ball out of the back of the net.

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    Each of these coaches will train their colleagues who will impact thousands of children in Thailand.

  • #PlayItForward in Bangkok

    April 25, 2015.  (For the Field Launch – Part 1, click here).  Our award-winning partnership with Chevrolet FC continues in 2015 under the banner #PlayItForward.  After successful sport for social impact trainings last year in Indonesia, the United States, and South Africa, the first program of 2015 finds ourselves in Bangkok, Thailand, working with local community implementing partner World Vision.  One major element of our partnership with Chevrolet FC is to create sustainable impact which will allow local coaches, teachers, and leaders to use sport to educate about local issues.  This is key so that the beautiful facilities that Chevrolet FC are creating can be used as a venue for community development on a consistent basis in each community and country.

    Three CAC senior staff members (Nick, Sophie, and Brian) embraced the opportunity to work with coaches, teachers, and social workers invited by World Vision this past week.  For four long and extremely hot days we were able to work on many topics focused on Child Rights.  Trafficking is a serious problem in Thailand and Southeast Asia in many forms.  Children are trafficked for sex, slavery, to become beggars, organ trafficking, and manual labor.  Many of the games we taught this week came from our Child Rights module which we have developed over the past year based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  More importantly than our Child Rights training were the steps that the coaches took in being able to create their own games to address this issue.  By the end of the week, coaches were easily adapting games, with a few creating their own fun soccer-based games that can be used in their schools.

    The best thing about working with CAC is that the training showed us that you can solve all the problems in each country such as gender inequality, violations against child rights or alcohol and drug abuse. For example, teachers can use games to show children how alcohol abuse is not good, instead of only talking to them.

    – Prakit Lelaviwat, World Vision National Office and CAC course participant

    The work and progress made in Thailand, supported through the investment from Chevrolet FC, will have lasting and sustainable impact.  The new field built at the Bang Bua School can act as a hub for children to learn through play, from the coaches, teachers, and social workers who have learned from the CAC curriculum and methodology.

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    It was a great – but very hot – week in Thailand!

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    Great week with CAC and World Vision

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    “Oooh! Butterflies!”

     

  • Award-Winning Partnership Continues in Thailand

    April 24, 2015. It is another exciting day with Chevrolet FC, this time in Bangkok, Thailand. Our award-winning partnership continues in 2015 with #PlayItForward. Today was the unveiling of a refurbished soccer pitch at Bang Bua School. Manchester United legend Louis Saha helped with the ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as Senior Manager of Chevrolet Global Marketing Strategy John Gasloli, President of GM Southeast Asia Operations Tim Zimmerman, The Director of the Bang Bua School Mrs. Aonrumpa Phodaeng, and the National Director of World Vision Thailand Mrs. Chitra Thumborisuth.

    The highlight of the day was watching the children take ownership of the field, engaging with local World Vision coaches who underwent CAC training this past week on issues including Child Rights. World Vision is our local implementing community partner here in Bangkok.  The children played several CAC games and then had the opportunity to play small-sided games with Louis Saha. Fun fact – CAC Monitoring & Evaluation strategist Sophie Legros went to the same soccer academy as Louis Saha – Clairefontaine.

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    Former Manchester United Player Louis Saha and Sophie Legros (CAC Monitoring & Evaluation Strategist)

     

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    Sophie Dance!

     

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    (L to R): Nick Gates (CAC Founder), John Gasloli (Senior Manager of Chevrolet Global Marketing Strategy), and Brian Suskiewicz (CAC Chief Executive Strategist)