Project Launch – Gender and Climate
We are delighted to announce the 10 successful Women-Led Organisations that will be working in partnership with CAC’s Choice for Women brand on the Gender and Climate Project funded by The Swedish Postcode Foundation.
Our successful partners come from 10 different countries representing the regions of the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Eurasia. Three of these organizations have completed their CAC accreditation pathway and a further three are on track to become accredited in 2023. One of these organizations has a CAC accredited coach and at least two women coaches from other organizations in this cohort will be accredited in 2023.
These organizations will recruit and train 20 women leaders from within their communities who will receive virtual training and support to deliver a custom designed Purposeful Play curriculum focusing on gender issues which are exacerbated by the climate crisis.
Together CAC and the women-led organizations will aim to educate 15,000 participants over the course of the next 12 months to increase knowledge and confidence regarding gender and climate issues, creating a legacy of empowered women who can become activists within their communities.
Each organization will also select one female climate activist who will design and implement their own climate related project to educate and empower others to make positive changes that benefit the environment.
Mariah Lee Reflects on Trip to the DRC
Step Up Athlete and professional soccer player, Mariah Lee, talks about her first on-field experience with CAC, advancing gender equality in the DRC.
I have just returned home after spending two weeks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While I have been a part of the Choice For Women team for more than a year now, this was my first on-field experience with CAC. For the majority of my time in the DRC, I led trainings on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention at the Malaika Community Center in Kalebuka as part of a global initiative with EngenderHealth to address UN SDG 5: Gender Equality.
In other words, I used Purposeful Play (i.e., sport/games/play) to teach community leaders about SRHR and GBV Prevention. They will go on to lead sessions in their communities, impacting hundreds of youth across the DRC. Elvis, head of the Malaika Community Center and long-time CAC accredited coach spearheaded the sessions, and together we graduated more than 40 leaders over the course of one week.
Reading and hearing about what CAC does is one thing, but experiencing it firsthand is entirely different. There is something really powerful about experiential learning and using play to spark dialogue and introduce concepts. This could look like a game of tag where taggers represent a sexually transmitted disease and the safe area represents a condom. This could also be a game of soccer or handball where scoring a goal symbolizes pregnancy and goalkeepers symbolize different types of contraception. Each game is designed to stimulate discussion and incorporate participants’ ideas and solutions.
You might think adults wouldn’t be that excited to get outside and play games all day, but the folks we worked with were incredibly enthusiastic! Our cohort had so much energy– we danced and chanted and laughed together every day. We had our share of serious moments, too. During the week we touched on topics such as reproduction, family planning, contraception, HIV/STI protection, reproductive rights, stereotyping, inclusion, opportunity, power dynamics, and safe choices. For many participants, this was their first time broaching some of these subjects.
Fortunately, we were able to create a safe environment where participants were able to ask questions about stereotypically taboo topics. I was able to correct misconceptions participants held about reproduction, contraception, and female athletes. Interestingly enough, the men in our cohort were more accepting of women in sport, and it was the women who were more apprehensive. Most of the women had played soccer when they were younger but eventually stopped because of pressure from their community. They were told playing soccer would make them become infertile, turn into a boy, lose their virginity, lose their breasts, etc. I gladly busted those myths!
Outside of our SRHR and GBV Prevention trainings, I spent the majority of my time running soccer sessions with coaches and players– including girls from the Malaika School and boys from the surrounding community. In the DRC there is no public education. Parents either have to come up with the money for school fees or their children sit at home all day– or for many– at the local football pitch. I coached many boys who had little to no formal education, where football is one of the few pathways to a better life. Malaika is a tuition-free private school for girls founded by international supermodel Noella Coursaris Munsunka. Noella, who is Congolese and Cypriot was born in the DRC, but raised in the UK after her father died. Noella’s mother, like most Congolese women, had no education and could not support her. This reality fueled Noella’s desire to create opportunities for girls and women in her home country.
E-meeting Noella and being welcomed by the administrators at Malaika was incredibly inspiring and further cemented my passion for empowering Black girls. Being able to impact the girls and women of the Kalebuka community is something I will never forget!
We Are Moving With Rexona
Creating Legacies 17, the Coaches Across Continents consultancy brand, is proud to be a partner on the Rexona Breaking Limits Programme. Rexona, also known as Degree, Sure or Shield, is a Unilever deodorant brand dedicated to getting people moving.
The Breaking Limits Programme is a cutting-edge initiative developed in partnership with Beyond Sport to transform the lives of young people through sport and physical activity. Launched on April 6th, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the programme will empower millions of young people with the confidence and opportunity to move more. Everyone deserves the right to experience the many benefits movement brings – whoever you are, however you move. Follow @rexona to learn more about the #Rexona #BreakingLimits programme.
Coaches Across Continents, alongside fellow program partners The Change Foundation and The Sports Creative, have designed and delivered online video and program content for organisations around the world to use in their sustainable local play-based programming. Virtual Modules will be provided for both introductory and advanced level coaches and organisations. Coaches Across Continents Modules are focused on Confidence and Access, and Inclusion.
Click here to fill out a short form and access the digital training platform including Module 2: Confidence and Access.
Thanks to the incredible CAC leaders who assisted us in putting Module 2 together- Daniela Gutierrez, David Mulo, Elvis Nshimba, Freya Levy, Jaspreet Kaur, Jesus Valenzuela, Jonathan Hannay, Lee Docherty, Lina Restrepo, Luis Mendoza, Nico Achimpota, Orlando Carlos de Villa Neto, Patty Caceres, Romina Calatayud, Rose Abou Elias, Tejas R, and Vero Turiza.
Click here to fill out a short form and access the digital training platform including Module 3: Inclusion.
Thanks to the incredible CAC leaders who assisted us in putting Module 3 together- Amanda Bezerra, Ariel Wulfman, Benny Marquis, Daniela Gutierrez, David Mulo, Estahappy Mariki, Lina Restrepo, Maria Alejandra Vanegas Muñoz, Regina Bezerra, Vero Turiza, and Vicente Gabriel Valdelamar.
• Rexona believes in the power of movement to transform lives
• Everyone should be able to experience the incredible physical, mental and social benefits
movement brings – whoever you are, however you move
• Too many people face barriers preventing them from moving.
• Self-doubt holds people back. They fear failure or judgement from others and lack
confidence in their own ability.
• Society further fuels our fear. Too often, people are made to feel they aren’t capable of
doing something by others. They face discrimination because of their race, gender or
• Sure is fighting for a world where everyone has the confidence to move more.
Rexona Breaking Limits Programme
• The Rexona Breaking Limits Programme will empower young people with the confidence and
opportunity to move.
• The programme has the power to transform the lives of young people. Because through
movement, everyone can find the confidence to break limits – those set by themselves and
CAC and Pathfinder International Expand Partnership in 2021
CAC and Pathfinder International Expand Partnership in 2021- Running the First Ever Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and ASK for Choice Female Accreditation Program
Continuing on the incredible impact of our partnership with Pathfinder International and our Beyond Sport shortlisted program tackling Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights using Purposeful Play, we are delighted to announce the expansion of this program in 2021.
CAC and Pathfinder International will be be back in Zanzibar, Tanzania working with the Ministry of Sport, training 100 teachers from across the island in our SRHR curriculum while also equipping 20 female leaders with the tools and year round training to become CAC Accredited Coaches in Purposeful Play. Engaging women through sport has been difficult for the Zanzibar government but in partnership with CAC, they are breaking religious and cultural barriers. These elected female leaders will be the first women working in sport for development in Zanzibar.
The impact of this programming will see island wide education on SRHR, creating universal access to sexual and reproductive care, family planning and education on gender equality, addressing UNSDGs 3 Good Health and Well – Being, 4 Quality Education, 5: Gender Equality.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Wallrunners of Gaza. A late and brilliant addition to our new partner cohort for 2021, CAC is delighted to welcome Wallrunners of Gaza, Palestine. Wallrunners is an inclusive sports and culture community that use parkour to create safe spaces for young people to play and develop their skills. We can’t wait to add this new energy to our global collaboration and learn together as Wallrunners expands beyond Gaza to vulnerable communities in Kenya, India and Afghanistan.
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.
Fundación de las Américas (FUDELA) is an Ecuadorian NGO founded in 2005 with the aim to transform lives by promoting educational, cultural, economic and social inclusion of children, teens, youths and families at risk with a holistic human development and rights based approach. FUDELA uses sports, art and other tools to develop and strengthen human and technical skills.
Raya34 Sports is a Barbados organization that we met during a pilot event with Concacaf W. And now we will be working together to support Raya34’s mission: To empower and develop young people through the blending of sports and education.
FutboLISTAS is a new organization based in Sevilla, Spain that works to teach English and life skills to girls through soccer and mentorship. We are thrilled to welcome them to our network and work to support them with curriculum, training and other year-round resources for the development of organizations and coaches.