• CAC Shortlisted For Beyond Sport Awards

    August 10th 2015. Coaches Across Continents is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted at the illustrious Beyond Sport Awards 2015 in the UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport category. The nomination is CAC’s fourth at the Beyond Sport awards. Of these nominations we have two wins; ‘Best New Project‘ for the Hat-Trick Initiative in 2009 and ‘Corporate of the Year‘ for our partnership with Chevrolet in 2014.

    Since 2012 CAC has been part of the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working group alongside organizations such as UNICEF UK, UK Sport, Beyond Sport and Comic Relief. This group spent two years developing The International Safeguards for Children In Sport, a set of global standards to safeguard all children participating in sport. In 2014 CAC piloted our Child Rights policy which has since been used at every partner program we have run in the last 18 months.

    Dr. Judith Gates, CAC Board Member and co-coordinator of this policy stated, ‘Through education and training in child protection strategies, Coaches Across Continents’ Safeguarding Children in Sport Initiative protects children, empowers coaches and changes cultural and community attitudes towards child abuse.  The single biggest practical insight from CAC’s safeguarding initiative is the need to “bring policy to life.” This requires a pragmatic approach in which   safeguarding policies are founded on local realities, but where there is knowledge of the pathway to be traveled and a clear understanding of the hallmarks of the optimal destination.’

    On the nomination CAC’s Founder and Global Strategist Nick Gates said, ‘It is an honor to be shortlisted for a Beyond Sport award, the leader in global sport for development awards, for the 2nd year in a row. Safeguarding children is at the forefront of everything we have done over the past few years so to be recognized for this work is a testament to the passion and ability of our incredible staff, volunteers, board, community partners, program participants and supporters.’

    In addition to our nomination, our global partners CREATA Kenya, Horn of Africa Development Initiative, Moving the Goalposts Kilifi and Football 4 Life Tacloban were also shortlisted for awards! Congratulations to all of them- the recognition is well deserved.

    We would like to thank Beyond Sport for the nomination and for recognizing our work on child protection. The Beyond Sport awards 2015 take place in London on October 19th-21st so stay tuned!

  • 2014 In Review

    May 14th 2015. Coaches Across Continents are pleased to present ‘2014 In Review‘. In 2014 we had our most successful year yet. On-Field we worked in 26 countries with 74 implementing community partners and 1066 member partners. We educated 3,157 coaches who positively impacted 280,396 children. We implemented our Self-Directed Learning methodology which encourages participants to critically assess the needs of their community and create sport for social impact games to teach youth about these needs. Our child rights policy was signed by all 3,157 coaches who agreed to always protect children in their care. We increased the number of Community Impact Coaches who worked with us and partnered with organizations in 44 countries to implement games on Peace Day about resolving conflict peacefully.

    Off-Field we developed a mutually beneficial partnership with Chevrolet and One World Play Project based on their ‘What Do You #PlayFor?’ campaign. Pitches were developed in Indonesia, USA and South Africa where we ran sport for social impact programs. This partnership won Chevrolet the ‘Corporate of the Year’ award at the Beyond Sport awards. We also presented at high level conferences and events in places from India to Qatar and the USA. In addition we continued to develop our monitoring and evaluation system which has tracked significant changes in places in which we work. For example, 99% of coaches in Rwanda now know a soccer game to teach young people about how best to resolve conflict, compared to 33% prior to the CAC training.

    Take a look at ‘2014 In Review‘ for more information on 2014 and our plans to grow even further in 2015.

  • CAC & Soccer in the Sand Announce Partnership

    March 11th 2015. Coaches Across Continents (CAC), international non-profit organization, are delighted to announce a new partnership with Soccer in the Sand. Soccer in the Sand will be supporting CAC globally with a particular focus on CAC’s partnership with the Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI) in Northeastern Kenya which uses soccer to promote human rights with marginalized populations in the area. For instance, HODI aim to address female genital mutilation (FGM) in a region in which 98% of girls are victims, often before the age of 5. The CAC program with HODI uses soccer to give local leaders the capacity to challenge harmful traditions and cultures such as FGM and create an environment in which these practices are eliminated. CAC and Soccer in the Sand are giving you the opportunity to help address this topic by supporting the program through this link- https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/CAC2015/SITScampaign.

    Alongside this, Soccer in the Sand will be donating $1 to this CAC program for every pair of socks sold at their beach soccer series tournaments across the US in 2015. So if you are attending a Soccer in the Sand tournament this year you will get another chance to create social change through the sport by purchasing soccer socks. By getting involved you are helping to address a dangerous practice which goes against the UN rights of the child and making a difference in communities in which FGM is most prevalent.

    About Coaches Across Continents

    Coaches Across Continents is a global leader in the sport for social impact movement. We partner with local organizations to implement our award-winning ‘Hat-Trick Initiative’ that focuses on local social issues such as: female empowerment, including gender equity; conflict resolution, including social inclusion; health and wellness, including HIV behavior change; and other life skills. Our key to success is a unique self-directed learning model that is based on our ‘Chance to Choice’ curriculum. In 2014, we worked in 26 countries with 74 implementing community partner programs. Overall, we educated 3,157 community coaches who impacted a further 280,396 young people.

    We have also won 11 awards in just five years including ‘Corporate of the Year’ at the 2014 Beyond Sport awards for our partnership with Chevrolet and their ‘What Do You #Playfor?’ campaign.

    For more information about the founder of HODI please look at this recent Boston Globe article.

    About Soccer in the Sand

    Soccer in the Sand is a series of amateur beach soccer tournaments held at beach locations in states throughout the United States. The tournaments feature local adult and child competitors organized into teams of seven to ten members, with five on field at any given time. The teams compete in one- or two-day tournaments, depending on location, with each team playing at least three games, and top teams advancing farther. The series was created in 2006

    For more information on Soccer in the Sand and their 2015 dates and locations please visit www.soccerinthesand.com.

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  • BREAKING NEWS – CAC & Chevrolet WIN BEYOND SPORT AWARD

    October 30, 2014. Coaches Across Continents is proud to announce our partner, Chevrolet, received the Beyond Sport Award for Corporate of the Year 2014!

    Chevrolet was honored with this award for  their ‘What Do You #PlayFor?’ campaign, launched in March to bring football fans closer to the sport and demonstrate that through play all things are possible. Chevrolet was recognized for their work to bring play to where it is needed most including work with Coaches Across Continents to train local coaches and members of the community on soccer and life skills from Bandung, Indonesia to Chicago to Hammanskraal, South Africa. Chevrolet has revitalized or created football pitches allowing for play in these underprivileged communities.

    Chevrolet also recently reached a milestone with delivery of the 1 millionth One World Futbol donated by the brand. As founding sponsor of One World Futbol Project in 2012, Chevrolet committed to support the donation and distribution of 1.5 million Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols over three years.

    Through One World Futbol Project, these ultra-durable balls are distributed to programs and schools in war-stricken zones, refugee camps, disaster areas and other disadvantaged communities worldwide, working with a broad network of organizations that use sport and play to teach conflict resolution, gender equality, health awareness and other essential life skills.

    CAC founder Nick Gates received the award in person at the event on behalf of Chevrolet.  “I am humbled and honored to have witnessed CAC’s rapid growth and positive social impact over the last six years. We are excited about the continued potential of this partnership with Chevrolet and this award will allow us to provide more communities with the knowledge and resources to use sport for social change.”

    “Through our partnerships with Coaches Across Continents and One World Futbol Project, we’ve seen how the power of play can create hope, optimism and possibilities in communities around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet.

    Chevrolet kicked off its support of football in 2012 when it became an official partner of Manchester United and the founding sponsor of One World Futbol Project.

    Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, funds, and celebrates the use of sport as a tool to trigger positive social change. They do this through holding events around the world and through the Beyond Sport Awards, which provides support and a platform for the best sport for social change projects across the globe.

    The 2014 awards were presented earlier today in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    For more information about Chevrolet’s commitment to play, visit ChevroletFC.com

    Ginan in Indonesia tells the world about  What Do You #Playfor

    Ginan in Indonesia tells the world about What Do You #Playfor

    Beyond the Ball in Chicago have a great new portable field to hold events thanks to 'What Do You Playfor?'

    Beyond the Ball in Chicago have a great new portable field to hold events thanks to ‘What Do You Playfor?’

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    Community Leaders in South Africa have a new field in their community sponsored by Chevrolet – and can bring the field to life thanks to the partnership with CAC

    This is the second Beyond Sport Award for CAC in the past five years

    This is the second Beyond Sport Award for CAC in the past five years

  • Double Finalist at the Beyond Sport Awards

    October 27, 2014.  Coaches Across Continents is a double-finalist at the prestigious Beyond Sport Awards in the category of Corporate of the Year for our partnerships with Chevrolet and Standard Chartered Bank.  The 2014 awards will be presented this year in Johannesburg, South Africa from October 28-30th.  Out of 350 entrees received from 70 countries, Coaches Across Continents is the only organization that has been short-listed as a multiple finalist.  In addition, Nick will also be speaking and presenting during the three-day conference as he did earlier this year at Beyond Soccer 2014.

    In 2014 CAC was excited to begin our partnership with Chevrolet on their “What Do You #PlayFor?” Campaign which launched in Indonesia, and continued at communities in the USA and South Africa.  Chevrolet was instrumental in building a soccer facility for each community, as well as utilizing Coaches Across Continents to educate local coaches and leaders in a sport for social impact curriculum to facilitate long-term social development.  CAC is also included with Standard Chartered Bank and their ongoing GOAL Programme, where we developed an on-field component to their female empowerment initiative and financial literacy.

    Coaches Across Continents has a strong and positive history with Beyond Sport as winners in Best New Project (2009) for our Hat-Trick Initiative.  In 2014 our Hat-Trick Initiative is in place with 75 communities in 27 different countries.  Several of our current and past partner programs have also been short-listed for their efforts in various categories at the 2014 Beyond Sport Awards and we want to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck this weekend.

    Coaches Across Continents, Chevrolet FC, and Manchester United enjoyed the first weekend of play at the new Rumah Cemara Field

    Coaches Across Continents, Chevrolet FC, and Manchester United enjoyed the first weekend of play at the new Rumah Cemara Field

  • Video: The Impact of our Chevrolet FC Partnership in Indonesia

    Ginan is the star of the new Chevrolet FC video (below)

    Ginan is the star of the new Chevrolet FC video (below) highlighting the effective partnership with Coaches Across Continents

    May 23, 2014.  Coaches Across Continents has teamed up with Chevrolet FC to revitalize pitches and provide coaching education to selected communities around the  world.  This past month we completed a ten-day training with Rumah Cemara in Bandung, Indonesia.  Coaches Across Continents has developed and delivered a curriculum that addresses the problem of stigma against people with HIV/AIDS, as well as addressing the fundamental causes of this disease.  Together our three organizations are making a real difference in lives.  Check out the video for more!

    Coaches Across Continents, Chevrolet FC, and Manchester United enjoyed the first weekend of play at the new Rumah Cemara Field

    Coaches Across Continents & Chevrolet FC enjoyed the first weekend of play at the new Rumah Cemara Field in Indonesia.  What do you #Playfor?