• Meet the Coaches Working In Zimbabwe

    September 16, 2013.  This is the second year for Coaches Across Continents in Zimbabwe.  We will be working with Sport 4 Socialisation in Mutare and with Bulldogs Sport Development Trust in Bindura and Harare.  The CAC team that will be working with these fine programs consist of Sophie LeGros, Jon Dickinson, Dani Foxhoven, and Becca Meierbachtol.  Recently one of these four coaches won a national title – do you know which one?  Answer coming tomorrow…

    Five Fun Football Facts with Jon Dickson:

    Favorite Team: Manchester United
    Favorite Player: Eric Cantona
    Favorite Coach: Sir Alex Ferguson
    Favorite Movie: Old School
    Who will win the World Cup 2014 and 2015: Brazil (2014) and Germany (2015)
    Why I am looking forward to working with CAC?: “Traveling to a country with completely different cultures, scenery, and values than my own provides an opportunity for cross-learning.  Whilst I hope that my time and energy on the CAC programs will benefit the people I come in to contact with in Zimbabwe, I also look forward to the learning and personal development it will provide for me in return.”   
    40045_419801501898_652096898_5290307_6223486_nFive Fun Football Facts with Dani Foxhoven:

    Favorite Team: Liverpool
    Favorite Player: Messi
    Favorite Coach: Pep Guardiola
    Favorite Movie: Big Fish
    Who will win the World Cup 2014 and 2015: Brasil (2014) and USA (2015)
    Why I am looking forward to working with CAC?: “I am looking forward to experiencing a new culture and learning from the lifestyles of the people in Zimbabwe and Tanzania”
    BeccaFive Fun Football Facts with Becca Meierbachtol:

    Favorite Team: Portland Thorns
    Favorite Player: Christine Sinclair
    Favorite Coach: Clive Charles
    Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
    Who will win the World Cup 2014 and 2015: Spain (2014) and USA (2015)
    Why I am looking forward to working with CAC?: “I am looking forward to learning form the kids and adults we work with and having my eyes opened to a new experience with food, people and cultures.” 
  • Coaches Across Continents Behind the Scenes

    IMG_0752June 11th 2013: Over the past seven days Coaches Across Continents have been developing many aspects of our off field work. Without off field work CAC would not be able to deliver successful and sustainable programs like the recent week in Uganda with the Buwaya Youth Association.  Indeed consistent support is essential to allow CAC to run programs in 20 countries this year benefiting our implementing partners, volunteers, coaches and most importantly the children we impact.
    From our office in London, CAC have developed many significant partnerships and networks which will continue to build the organisation as we reach the half way point of our 5th year. CAC are a significant part of the sport for social impact community and met with Beyond Sport this week to discuss future events in the industry including a showcase of CAC’s work in London. Furthermore, there are ongoing discussions with UNICEF regarding the potential addition of child and human rights into the extensive CAC curriculum, demonstrating the high regard CAC is held in globally. We are also in talks to link with an international soccer coaching organisation to ensure our programs consistently have the highest quality coaching.

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    In order to build our organisation and benefit implementing partners CAC have created a partnership with Thomson Reuters which will  provide legal advice for successful applicants through their foundation. Confirmation of future CAC ambassadors from the soccer world will further increase our standing in the sport for social impact industry. Our partner XL Soccer Tours have been able to sell soccer equipment as part of our Equipment Across Continents initiative. Finally, extensive meetings with members of our business advisory board and the management consultancy group Fortitude Partners  have also helped to form our future strategy towards the end of 2013 and into 2014 which will lead to the continued growth of the organisation. Our on-going off field work allows the on field programs to flourish as CAC continue to impact communities globally.

  • Launching Give Us a Game 2012

    XL Soccer Supports Give Us a Game

    January 13th, 2012.  Coaches Across Continents has launched the new Give Us a Game 2012 (click for more information) at the NSCAA Convention in Kansas, USA.

    The Give Us a Game 2012 Initiative is designed for teams, clubs and corporations to donate 90 minutes of their time to support the Coaches Across Continents programs in Africa, Asia, South America and North America.

    XL Soccer Tours, Xara Soccer, Harvard Soccer and Texas Lonestars were 4 of the Give Us a Game partners in 2011 and their support helped programs in Tanzania, Liberia and Ghana receive the Coaches Across Continents Hat-Trick Initiative.

    “Our  Give Us a Game 2012 is an exciting way for the soccer community and socially responsible businesses to be part of a much bigger picture in using soccer to make real social change.  We’re looking forward to building this exciting program throughout the USA and the NSCAA event is a perfect launch pad.”  Nick Gates, Global Strategist, Coaches Across Continents.

    Meet Coaches Across Continents at the XL Soccer Booth #1335 at the NSCAA Convention January 12th-14th, 2012.

  • XL Soccer supports our Njombe Hat-Trick Initiative

    September 28th, 2011 from Graeme and Mark in Njombe, Tanzania.

    XL Soccer has continued its support for Coaches across Continents by sending two of their coaching staff to Njombe, Tanzania to run our Hat-Trick Initiative.  Graeme and Mark spent 8 hours a day for ten days on the fields of Njombe working with over 30 local teachers in the morning and over 100 local children in the evenings.

    The Njombe partnership is the result of the hard work of local coaches Nico and Denis who have worked with Coaches across Continents to develop this new initiative.

    The XL Soccer coaches worked on our full life skill ‘Chance to Choice’ curriculum including HIV education.  The local teachers were taught how soccer can be used for education and social change over the course of 35 hours of training.  Games like Circle of Friends, Ronaldo, Ronaldo Revolution, Marta Relay and Condom Tag showed how games themselves are the teachers.  At the end of the Year 1 program, the local teachers were awarded a Coaches across Continents Certificate showing that they had completed the course.

    “We had a great time with everyone in Njombe.  The local teachers worked hard every day to learn how soccer can be a teaching tool and to learn more than 50 new games that they can play in their schools.  Each morning we taught the teachers the games and then in the afternoons they had to work with us and the children to learn how to teach the games.  And finally, the last two days were set up so that the teachers were the leaders on the fields and they taught each other the games and styles of teaching.  They were excellent.”  Graeme, XL/Coaches across Continents Coach.

    XL Soccer World, Raleigh and XL Soccer World, Orlando provided great support to the program both on and off the field by raising money and awareness for the work of the two XL coaches.  For more information go to: http://www.xltravel.com/