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This was an exciting pool the competition was very stiff and the man of the match Zebedi Kemern from Legend FC Kosala participated in this pool, after several matches Forzano FC emerged as the champion coincidentally there carry the name of the chief executive officer of CameroonFDP. Talent win games, but teamwork and intelligence produce champions.
Youth Council FC.
40 youths aged 12 to 14yrs participated in this pool. Despite the intensity of the sun the kids were anxious and eager to challenge each other in a more competitive spirit. The anxiety was huge especially as they were dressed with branded equipment’s; the youths were so fluent during the reading of the theme which was based on #PLAY4PURPOSE Ambassadorship through youth governance. The 5V5 tournament format is a perfect platform for all the youths from each community to participate and exchange knowledge and skills amongst themselves
CameroonFDP #PLAY4PURPOSE 5V5 tournament was a one- day tournament full of fun, which attracted eight teams from four communities; Kumba town, Meta Quarters, Kosala and Nkamlikum, for an exciting fast paced event. The event started at 8am with all the teams present and dressed with branded equipments thanks to our donors. The teams were drown in two pools/groups, with four teams on each pool/group; A and B respectively.
What I love most about the event is that it gets the youth participants ready for the next level. With more than just soccer being the motivation. The next level which is the mini super cup is going to set the foundation for competitive engagement. This kind of competition at this level is giving you everything to be prepared. After play for three hours with several breaks Forzano FC from kumba town emerged first in group B and Martin Luther FC from Kumba Town in group A . Overall was one of the best tournaments we’ve attended because it was low commitment, low stress, and clear on what kind of tournament it wanted to be.”
This year, Nde Nde Junior and Pewahe Junior were selected as youth Referee and Match Delegate from Kosala community for the #PLAY4PURPOSE league. Both were selected after nomination for the achievements on and off the field from over 50 youths in Kosala. Pewahe and Nde are seen as role models among their peers and are doing exceptionally well academically and have both taken part in all community service projects. We are very proud of their dedication and we hope and wish them well as they take this new challenge as referee and match delegate throughout the tournament and into their adult lives with passion
The recruitment of youths outside of school activities and the implementation of bi weekly football base programs in the communities we work with, has greatly improved the relationship between the organization and community stakeholders. Seen as more than just a football organization, CameroonFDP approach in using basic life skills and football drills in a well structured curriculum as a practical approach in changing the lives of the youths has finally gotten community buy-in. The impact so far has created a network for exchange of ideas and feedback between staff, the youth and the parents of the youth participants. As part of youth leadership development, the initiation of the youth governance council is actually a welcome initiative. The existence of a well structured curriculum, a functional youth governance council, the training of trainers and the ongoing league in all four communities, is effectively fulfill our mission in empowering communities and changing lives. Equally, several community service projects carried out by the youths through the youth governance council our youths, has helped a great deal to solidify community partnerships.
Here at CameroonFDP office, strategic planning and programming as well as implementation of plans has kept all staff and peer educators really busy! Primary focus was on Training of Trainers (TOT) whom we collectively refer to as Peer Educators; Youth Coaches, Referees and Match Delegates for our #Play4purpose league. The criteria for selecting Peer Educators included personal development, promotion of the game and community involvement. Our peer leaders after the #PLAY4PURPOSE TOT could not wait to kick start the league with community base tournament in four communities; Kosala, Nkamlikum, Kumba Town, and Meta quarters respectively. The Kick off last Monday in kosala was spectacular, Kabate (Nkamlikum), Metta Quarter and Kumba Town will follow suit.
Tournaments are a great way to test your ability, experience different play styles from opponents and showcase your skills, taking part requires one key element, a team. Meta quarters had four teams, C- Lions, Collins FC, Real Madrid and Young strikers compete amongst each other on 5V5 tournaments , the competition was fun and very interesting. The youths were very anxious to emerged champions at the end of the competition young strikers and Collins FC were champions and will be privileged to participate in the upcoming football festival that will take place on Saturday 25th Nov 2017.
Atud Collins has participated in CameroonFDP activities since inception in 2010.
An Upper sixth student GTHS Kumba, According to Collins I play football to be strong and healthy and determine to become a professional footballer, outside playing football, I will follow my carrier as a computer engineer and with the platform I have benefited from this organization the sky will not be my limit. I am a community coach in Meta Quarter because I am disciplined and punctual both in and out of the field, and keep away from social distraction like Alcohol and smoking.
My family also encourages my participation in this program and wish CameroonFDP #PLAY4PURPOSE Model should spread to other Regions of the Country.
Maxwell, age 13, was born with a rare form of Skeletal Dysplasia (kwashiorkor). The father is a missionary who moved from place to place to preach the Gospel and the mother; a social worker under the ministry of social affairs. Etta has three brothers who play football in different sporting institutions; all Maxwell could do then was watch while his brothers play. Maxwell’s life changed when he joined CameroonFDP two years ago. He was able to participate in all sessions in Nkamlikum, more importantly; he became part of Kabate team. He never felt out of place or that everyone was looking down on him, as he did sometimes in his everyday life. His life has changed dramatically since joining Kabate and playing and learning new core values and football drills with peers. Maxwell is so happy doing the things “regular” kids get to do and his parents report that he has more self-confidence and is more willing to try new things.
Moria-el age 13 years joined CameroonFDP program because he was trying to avoid getting into trouble with a gang of neighborhood boys in Nkamlikum community. He quickly integrated himself in the Kabate team and after a few weeks, he volunteered to keep equipment’s so he can always come to the field and prepare the field before session and after sessions, he would take the equipment’s home. It was not long, humble and friendly Morial – el was soon leading his peers seeking guidance and change. The youths and the coach have recognized his leadership potential and when the youth governance initiative will be introduced in this community he will sure lead them as president. He recently recounted, ‘my favorite thing about CameroonFDP is the fact that I can learn so many new skills, games and play soccer outside of the pressures of family, school and peers’. Today, he is seen as a potential leader on whom his team relies on in achieving their goals.