• Nike & CAC Expand Partnership

    Congratulations to our partners Nike on being a finalist for the Corporate Community Impact Award at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards. They were a finalist for their Nike Community Ambassador program, which utilizes a CAC-designed curriculum and methodology, to give Nike store employees around the world the opportunity to share their love of sport with the next generation. Last year more than 5,400 store employees in 24 countries served as Nike Community Ambassadors, volunteering as coaches in their local communities to help get kids playing so they can reach their full potential. The Awards took place in conjunction with the 2020 ESPYS on June 21st.

    We are delighted to announce that CAC is now working with Nike to provide urgent relief while creating a long term educational pathway for children to stay safe in these incredibly challenging times. This is the first program which addresses play-based education during COVID-19 in addition to emergency needs.

    Thanks to Nike’s support CAC and our partners working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Colombia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines will be provided funding for the items their communities need including food, soap, face masks, and essential items. Leaders from our partner programs in these countries will be given the resources they need to find creative ways to use play to address the pandemic. In addition, partners in 5 other countries will be given our play-based educational resources to encourage their beneficiaries to stay physically active and mentally well.

    Our COVID-19 response partnership with Nike has provided essential funding to community-based organizations to distribute vital goods to the community while building a long-term educational pathway for youth. For example:

    In Indonesia Uni Papua FC are distributing rice and masks to at-risk families while providing football-based educational sessions about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    In Philippines FundLife are distributing food and female hygiene packs while designing safe play-based educational sessions which will focus on mental-well being of youth when restrictions allow.

    In Colombia Niñas sin Miedo are distributing hygiene items and antibacterial gel while delivering educational sessions to girls focused on how to support each other during lock down.

    In India Slum Soccer are providing ration and hygiene kit to 40 underserved families in Nagpur while delivering their ‘Be Careful, Not Fearful’ play-based program which teach youth about issues such as social distancing, hand-washing, and fact-based decision-making.

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  • CAC Launches Coach Accreditation Program

    January 14th 2020. Coaches Across Continents is proud to announce the first-ever global Accredited Coaches initiative. Accredited Coaches are the only coaches in the world equipped with Education Outside the Classroom training to impact the UNSDGs and Safe-Guarding Child Rights through Purposeful Play curriculum and methodology.

    After 10 years working and learning how to best deliver sport and education around the world, Coaches Across Continents is now offering the next step in facilitator training by providing standards and processes to become an official, Accredited Coach.

    Accredited Coaches have the skills and resources to design, develop and implement locally-driven and sustainable Education Outside the Classroom programs for youth of all ages and to train other leaders to do the same. They are able to develop their players athletically, with an emphasis of success put on their intentional actions towards addressing specific UNSDG’s.

    Becoming an Accredited Coach will improve that leader’s ability to create sustainable change based on the UNSDGs, to find and secure funding and award opportunities, to enhance their brand reputation, and to deliver expert consultancy in Purposeful Play.

    For the full Coach Accreditation press release please click here.

     

  • #BuiltToPlay With ESPN in Puerto Rico

    CAC is delighted to be partnering with ESPN, Disney, think Beyond, and love.futbol on the #BuiltToPlay initiative in Puerto Rico in 2020. Working with local organizations in San Juan; the YMCA and the US Tennis Association; we will be designing Purposeful Play curriculum, training local coaches and supporting local programming for the space throughout the next 12 months. The ribbon-cutting event opening the new multi-sports spaces will be in early 2020. We will be in attendance as we build the capacity of local leadership to address selected UN Sustainable Development Goals through sport.

    The ESPN/Disney #BuiltToPlay initiative builds safe spaces to play sports in underserved communities all over the world and then supports local organizations to maintain and deliver educational programming on the space. Among the many locations which have benefited from this initiative are Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai. This year we have been working on this initiative with the PCYC Mount Druitt in Sydney, Australia. We are excited about the potential for the work in Puerto Rico.

  • An Eye-Opener in Bangladesh

    Liton A. Zaman, West Ham United Academy Coach/ The FA, provides his thoughts delivering coaching education in Bangladesh.  This initiative between the Asian Football Confederation, Coaches Across Continents, and the FA is using football to create sustainable social development in communities by educating Bangladeshi Football Federation coaches and impacting Bangladeshi children.  This past week we were in the northern city of Sylhet.

    What an experience it has been in Sylhet.  They said it was an honour for them to have us, but I think it was an honour for us to be there and work with great people that have a love and passion in helping young people, the environment they live in, and for the love of the game.  Over the past three days, three coaches (myself, Taff Rahman from the FA, and Brian Suskiewicz from Coaches Across Continents) have been educating Bangladesh Football Federation coaches on best practices in working with children, and how to use football to address social issues.   Many of these coaches came from rural areas and this was their first-ever coaching course.

    What an excellent project this is. Coming from an elite environment at West Ham United where our focus is to develop the individuals to become the next Premier League player, to a whole new challenge working with young people and coaches where the aim is to develop community leaders. The number one goal is to help coaches and young people to address social issues through sports and engagement. It has been an honour for me personally to be able to contribute towards this amazing program thanks to the AFC, along with the BFF and the English FA.

    ~Liton A. Zaman

    27 Photos from Sylhet

  • Sports Diplomacy in Vietnam

    Coaches Across Continents (CAC) is excited to announce we have been selected as the sub-award partner for the implementation of an International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Women Win Foundation and the U.S. Embassy of Vietnam. This specific ISPI is an international exchange program between the USA and Vietnam to empower the most marginalized youth through sport.

    This program provides an opportunity for sports-based, people-to-people exchanges between the U.S.A and Vietnam that advance the goals of building values of inclusion and the leadership of marginalized youth. CAC will facilitate the visit of youth coaches and administrators from the United States to Vietnam in December 2020. The participants will meet with fellow coaches and administrators to engage in workshops and hands-on experiences related to leadership, storytelling, cultural exchange and sport for social change.

    In return, CAC will facilitate the visit of youth coaches and administrators from Vietnam to the USA in May 2020 to observe and take part in sport for social change projects their counterparts are involved in. They will learn more about the culture of the US as well as engage in leadership and storytelling activities during the return trip.

    The application for Vietnamese coaches to be part of the trip to the USA is now open! Please complete this form here before Friday March 13th for your application to be assessed.

    CAC, in partnership with Women Win, is honored to be part of the Sports Diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State.

     

     

     

     

  • CAC Launches Organizational Accreditation Program

    WATERTOWN, MA, USA  Coaches Across Continents is proud to announce the first-ever global Organizational Accreditation Program in Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom.

    Becoming an accredited organization will improve that organizations ability to create sustainable change based on the UNSDGs, to find and secure funding and award opportunities, to enhance brand reputation, and more.

    Once accredited, partners will receive additional support from Coaches Across Continents including substantial joint-funding opportunities, educational travel and leadership development, global recognition, and high-level networking.

    There are two distinct levels:  Accreditation and Advanced Accreditation. Coaches Across Continents is committed to working with their partners to design a pathway towards accreditation status.

    To read the full press release, please click here:

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