CAC Team Prepares for 2016
January 13th, 2016. Coaches Across Continents is a global office. With most of us typically in different time zones, our opportunities for in-person staff meetings are few and far between. Because of that, this past week’s second staff Zenith, affectionately dubbed Z-Dos, was an incredible opportunity to do some much needed bonding and bring everyone up to speed on how CAC is stepping into 2016.
In 2015 we worked in 29 countries with 89 implementing partners. From these partnerships we educated and certified 3,842 community coaches, directly impacting 388,576 children in 29 countries around the world. Impact numbers are important but for new staff member Charlie Crawford the strongest impression of joining a worthwhile organization came from the hours spent discussing the model CAC use to promote Self-Directed Learners. The approach is philosophical. The practicality has been tested. After a year of being on the field, our 15 staff came together with what they had discovered and shared their successes and challenges.
As we go forward, our partnerships with local programs bring year-round organizational development that help empower communities to question harmful traditional, cultural, and religious practices. Creating a safe space for these discussions is how we believe real change will come. As we write, CAC has a team in Haiti and 2 more heading to Mexico and Kenya. Looks like it’s back to the global office.
Founder Nick Gates Speaks at NSCAA
January 17, 2014. Coaches Across Continents Founder Nick Gates spoke this past weekend at the NSCAA Convention. The topic was “The Real Power of Soccer: Partnerships for Sport in Development.” Joining Nick on the panel were our partners One World Futbol as well as Mary McVeigh from Soccer Without Borders, another strong sport for social impact group whom we work directly with in Uganda. The NSCAA Convention is the largest soccer coaching convention in the world and had an estimated 10,000 people in attendance.
The NSCAA convention allowed our three senior strategists to network and mingle with coaches, organization, and leaders in the sports industry throughout the convention. The Coaches Across Continents team worked the convention alongside two of our main partners at their booths on the convention floor with One World Futbol and XL Soccer World. The work that Coaches Across Continents has done has garnered numerous international awards and offers to speak at various events.
The CAC Staff Zenith
January 15, 2014. Coaches Across Continents is always on the move – Fact. Our team meetings mostly consist of deftly planned Skype sessions connecting us from Hawaii to England to somewhere in the depths of Africa. But, for the first time, the majority of our staff members came together in one place: the newly founded CAC Global Headquarters in Orlando, Florida (thanks to our wonderful partners XL Soccer World). Over the course of these three jam-packed 10-hour days, senior staff members from England, Scotland, Belgium, and the USA put our game-faces on and effectively mapped our future.
When planning for what lies ahead, it is imperative to reflect on the past, our history, where we came from. It’s hard to believe that in 2008 CAC was running just one program in one country – Kigoma, Tanzania. In 2013 we had programs in 20 countries, 51 partner programs, over 2,100 trained coaches, thousands upon thousands of ‘Ronaldos’ and ‘Martas’ and ‘Messis’, and an inconceivable number of air miles later, here we have the CAC envisioned by our fearless leader, Nick Gates.
But what we have realized is that the world of CAC is, in one word, unique. That is to say, it is rather difficult to understand what we do from the outside looking in. After your first day on the field in northern Uganda, or southern India, or rural Haiti, however, and all of a sudden it clicks – you have one of those “Ohhh!” moments and no longer think your crazy friend who works for CAC is “running around Africa playing soccer” or “holding soccer camps for little African children”.
There had to be a better way to tell our story.
There was, and is, and thanks to the hard work of one of our staff members – Adam Burgess – with help from the Taiji Group, our story has become very clear. With refortified mission, vision, objective, beliefs, principles, approach, personality, and promise, CAC is ready to launch into 2014, sharing our story off-field, while living it every day on-field.
The Zenith now marks this turning point in CAC history; the moment when our founder unveiled the final product in our collaborative effort towards establishing the CAC brand. It would have been a proud moment for a stranger walking in off the street. So imagine a room filled with about ten people who are so invested in what Nick has created (including his contributing and immensely supportive parents, Judith and Bill), to the point of no return. It was a great moment.
The importance of telling our story encompasses all the work put in to making this organization what it is today. From Tanzania to Sierra Leone, to Indonesia, Nepal, Jamaica, and Colombia. From all the coaches of past, to all the coaches of present, and all the coaches to come. From Skills by Ronaldo, Marta, and Messi to Skills by Mia Hamm, Sawa, Neymar, Xavi, and Nkwocha. From Sport for Social Impact to Self-Directed Learning. From Chance to Choice.
Coaches Across Continents believes in the possibility of a better world. We trust in the capacity for humans to change. We thrive on cooperation and respect. We are inspired by the promise of equality. And we live and die on the all-mighty power of the beautiful game of football.
Now, back on the field!
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.“ – Plato
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:
Launching Give Us a Game 2012
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
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/