Leyte - During the first two weeks of April, Football for Life hosted a Sport for Social Impact seminar in partnership with Coaches Across Continents in the cities of Tacloban and Baybay. 79 local leaders were given practical, self directed teachings, using sports as a way to better facilitate independence of mind, confidence in ones own judgment, and the ability to cooperate and collaborate with others.
We look forward to these leaders returning to their schools/communities, where they will impliment CAC's cirriculum and positively impact local youth.
Tacloban City - When I heard about the opportunity to fly to Tacloban to teach and share my experience in football to the coaches and coach the kids that were severely affected by the Typhoon Yolanda, I was very ecstatic! I could not believe it because I have always dreamt of going to Tacloban to work or volunteer after the typhoon. I also always wanted to use my career in Research and Development along with what I love and do a lot of, football!
Tacloban City - Last February I went to Tacloban City to conduct a Football Career Development Plan with the coaches of the Football for Life (F4L) project. The goal of the seminar was to show the coaches the opportunities for careers in Football, which is a growing sport in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia in general.
Tacloban City -For years Nipha was a beneficiary of another Sport for Development organization, SALT Academy. Today, at age 22, she is the highest ranked women's football coach in Cambodia, with an AFC 'B' License, and is currently the Head Coach of the Phnom Penh Crown Football Club U-11 Boys Academy team.
Nipha will spend a week with us, leading daily coaching development meetings, assisting in structuring fun and challenging session plans, coaching Football for Life sessions, leading a discussion group about how to approach life with a strong work ethic, and sharing her personal narrative of overcoming the odds in life.
“Sport has the power to unite people in a way little else can. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair. It breaks down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of discrimination. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.” - Nelson Mandela