• My Most Valuable Experience

    June 25th, 2018. Community Impact Coach, Ntethelelo Ngobese, joins Self-Directed Learning Educator, Markus Bensch from Coaches Across Continents, on-field in Zimbabwe and South Africa with CAC Community Partner World Parks, World Cup.

    “Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sports is the game of lovers.” NELSON MANDELA

    After reading this quotes from the late president, Nelson Mandela, I was inspired to use sport as a social impact tool to respond to the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in my community. From the sport experience I had, I was not confident enough to implement education outside classroom, and feared I would not be able to use sport for social impact. This all changed after I joined Coaches Across Continents (CAC).

    I was just on-field as a Community Impact Coach (CIC) in partnership with Friends of Mutale located in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Through CIC program, I have gained massive experience and confidence to implement Education Outside the Classroom, to work with people from different backgrounds with differing perspective and experience. It was also amazing to learn from others culture.

    During the first week in Zimbabwe, I learned how to introduce CAC’s Education Outside the Classroom to the people who have never received this kind of education as well as work with those who have experience in the subject. Through interaction with the participants in Zimbabwe, I was also enabled to spot a perspective difference between people from my community and people from that area. I mean the way they’re outgoing and always looking forward to make things happen is unlike where I come from, where most people do not take initiatives to change lives or difficult situations. The people I met are more likely to sit down and criticise those that want to see change happening. This is leaving me with the task to make people aware that taking initiatives is the best thing they can do! I will achieve this through series of strategic awareness campaigns upon my return home! 

    During the second week in Bende Mutale, I was more confident to implement education outside the classroom after my observation during the program in Zimbabwe. I learned to prepare for the session and to evaluate if the session has achieved its intended impact to the participants through coach backs and discussions, especially on the topi of Child Rights. Child Rights is a major focus for CAC and all of their partnerships around the world. Furthermore on chid rights, I observed that some cultural beliefs may violate children’s rights and thus some education must be done to make people aware of the child rights. Between the two communities, I also observed that most of the people are aware of the challenges they face in their communities and have solutions but do not implement them.

    After gaining this experience I am even more confident to proceed with the implementation of the education outside the classroom in my community. I will do this by transferring the knowledge I have gained to my peers through series of trainings for coaches, teachers and other community members in order to work together towards the achievement of sport for social impact!

  • US Women’s Team On The Brink…

    July 1st 2015. Last night the US Women’s Soccer team reached the World Cup final after defeating Germany 2-0. The team, which triumphed thanks to second half goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara, is now on the cusp of making history. They will play the final on Sunday July 5th against either England or Japan, who play tonight in the second semi-final. For some Coaches Across Continents staff and supporters there may be some split loyalties if the lionesses of England go up against the US! However, if the US win the final they will become the first team in Women’s World Cup history to win the tournament three times following their victories in 1991 and 1999. Can this team which includes stars such as Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe emulate their predecessors heroics in 4 days time?

    If you are supporting the US Women’s National Team on Sunday you could be in with a shot of completing a very impressive soccer double by entering our competition. There are only four days left to enter and be in with a chance of winning a signed 1999 US Women’s soccer team shirt! This unique shirt, signed by legends such as Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, is an incredible piece of history. The competition draw will take place on Sunday just before the final kicks off at 7pm EST with the winner announced on Monday July 6th. Go to this page and enter the competition today to have a shot while also supporting CAC’s work on global female empowerment.

    You can win a piece of 1999 history on the same day the 2015 US Women’s soccer team try to create new history!

    ENTER THE COMPETITION HERE!

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  • Two Weeks To ASK For Choice

    June 17th 2015. There are only two weeks left to support our ASK for Choice female empowerment curriculum and be in with a chance of winning a signed 1999 US Women’s World Cup shirt! The draw will be made on the date of the Women’s World Cup final 2015- July 5th- so enter today. With the Women’s World Cup in full swing, this is the perfect time to support female empowerment.

    The curriculum is being implemented in all of the countries in which we work, positively impacting over 300,000 children globally. Through ASK for Choice, CAC have created games to give women the tools to become active participants in their own lives, and men the tools to include women in their society as equals; recognizing that society as a whole functions better when men and women have the same opportunities.

    To support this transformative curriculum we ask you to donate a minimum of $100 on this Firstgiving page if you are in the US, and this Justgiving page if you are anywhere else. You will then be entered into the draw for the shirt, signed by US World Cup winners such as Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy.

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  • WIN A Signed 1999 US Women’s World Cup Shirt!

    March 5th 2015. CAC are giving you the chance to WIN a 1999 US Women’s World Cup shirt signed by the entire squad while impacting the lives of women through sport. The team, including Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Michelle Akers, won the World Cup in 1999 held in the US and became soccer legends. To be in with a chance of winning this shirt simply go to this page and make a donation of a minimum of $100 to get your name in the draw to be made on July 5th- the 2015 World Cup final. This unique shirt was donated to CAC by 1999 squad member and former CAC volunteer Tracy Noonan and will go towards CAC implementing our new female empowerment curriculum which reaches over 280,000 youth around the world.

    Tracy says ‘I am giving you the opportunity of a lifetime- to win my US women’s World Cup 1999 soccer jersey signed by the whole World cup winning squad. To be in with a chance of winning this authentic jersey go to Firstgiving (US) or Justgiving (UK) and donate a minimum of $100/£66 to get your name in the draw. My two greatest soccer moments have been winning the World Cup in 1999 and being part of two Coaches Across Continents (CAC) programs in Tanzania. Both events impacted the lives of women through sport. I am committed to female empowerment and to help launch the new CAC ASK for Choice curriculum I’m asking you to commit to female empowerment too by donating to get your name in the draw for this incredible competition.’

    Go to this Firstgiving page (US) or this Justgiving page (UK) and make a donation of at least $100/£66 and your name will be entered into the filmed draw to take place on July 5th. In addition to being in with a chance of winning the shirt, every entrant will get a fun gift from CAC!

    For Coaches Across Continents, the involvement of women in our programs and the promotion of gender equality in each community we visit is non-negotiable. It is only 4 months until the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and this Sunday is International Women’s Day making this the perfect time to support global female empowerment.

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    If you missed it from earlier this week here is a short film from Cambodia focusing on our female empowerment work:

  • Soccer Icon Seamus Malin Heads to Tanzania

    February 4th 2015. Seamus Malin has had an illustrious soccer career. As a journalist and TV announcer he has commentated on seven World Cups, three Olympic Games and countless Champions League matches. He was the broadcast voice of the NY Cosmos in their heyday from 1978 -1984.  And he was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005 and remains the only TV commentator elected to that body.

    But this April and May, Seamus is taking his role as a Board Member with Coaches Across Continents to the next level.  Seamus is headed On-Field to work with our partner programs on Unguja and Pemba islands, Tanzania. Here Seamus will work with our partners as they harness the true power of sport for social impact, tackling such issues as corporal punishment which is still legal and practiced there and female empowerment.  Seamus will help these local communities address their cultural and traditional problems so that they can choose their own future through sport.

    Seamus says, ‘together we can help children in developing regions around the world play soccer, learn life skills and become leaders in the community.’

    Seamus is looking for your support of Coaches Across Continents in Tanzania, and has targeted the ambitious goal of $27,000 which is the cost and value of one year-round partnership.  In 2015, Coaches Across Continents will be working in more than 80 communities in 30 countries. Help out this soccer icon today by donating and follow the story of his trip and its impact on these two islands off the Tanzanian mainland.

    Support soccer icon Seamus Malin and Coaches Across Continents create social change in Tanzania

     

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