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WELCOME TO CAMEROON!

19 July 2016

Today is an exciting day. We welcome four guests from the U.S. in our first official delegation from Pennsylvania! They will be in Cameroon for the next 10 days, spending time with our management team, coaches and youth in Kumba, meeting partners in Buea, and relaxing at the beach in Limbe before heading back next week.

We’ll sleep in Douala tonight before the 3.5-hour journey to K-town tomorrow to meet with the management team and our Cameroonian Board of Directors and Board of Commissioners. We’ve got a special welcome ceremony planning tomorrow evening with a menu including roasted fish, fried plantains, and some other Cameroonian delicacies.

The itinerary looks like this:

7/20 – Travel to Kumba and meet the team

7/21 – Workshops in CameroonFDP office and dinner at staff homes

7/22 – Trip to Barombi village

7/23 – Youth football festival

7/24 – Kick off to Kumba City Council’s Inter-quarter Competition (CameroonFDP has registered a team that will feature some of our guests!)

7/25 – Workshops in CameroonFDP office

7/26 – Retreat and sight-seeing in beach town in Limbe

7/27 – Friendly football match against Arcadia Shepherds women’s team

7/28 – Farewells and final adventures

We hope this will be the first of many trips of this kind. Stay tuned for more information about another trip later this year and of course, Summer 2017!

Welcome, Matt Weissberg and Martell Covington, Board of Directors in Pittsburgh!

Welcome, Jennifer Maguire, from our supporters’ section in the Philadelphia area!

Welcome, Javier Janik, from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh!

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At the airport… finally… reflecting on a jam-packed 24 hours filled with some amazing people. As I embark on this journey, I want to be sure to savor every moment of it. In order to do so, I hope to make time for reflection and sharing. This is my first attempt… here goes!

8:30pm… rounding up an amazing event at Repair the World: Pittsburgh where 50+ friends came out to support the launching of #PLAY4PURPOSE: Change Lives Through Soccer
9:45pm – Alarm goes off after we finish up cleaning… wait for Pittsburgh Police to determine the coast is clear. Reset alarm… time to go home!
10:00pm – Hang out with my amazing sister Julianne who just got in from D.C. and helped with everything today!
11:30pm – Lights out!
7:00am – Morning meeting with some great folks + check in with Cameroon team
8:00am – Send out THANK YOUs to some amazing supporters
8:30am – Breakfast with Steph, Founder of Steel City F.C., semi-pro women’s soccer team in PGH
9:30am – Call with Angela at Global Links to discuss collaboration project… watch out for this in the fall!
10:00am – Meeting with Steel City World Cup partners at PUMP and Vibrant Pittsburgh (save the date for October 15th and 16th)
11:00am – Skype session with super-coach Isabel from Montreal… another team trip to Cameroon in 2017?!
12:00pm – Check in with Thrill Mill crew
12:30pm – Pack!
2:00pm – Quick thanks and good bye to Mama Sylvia, who prepared the jollof rice for the party / pick up toilitries at Target
3:00pm – Lunch with the FAM (Love them! Include mention of other amazing sister, Jenna, for good measure)
5:00pm – Print out sponsor packets and business cards (meetings in Douala as soon as we land!)
6:00pm – Meet up with Alain, our brother and storage facility landlord, for one quick glance at our equipment inventory (packing bags for other travelers!)
7:00pm – Depart for Airport
7:30pm – Re-pack! (as much as I tried to avoid it… )
8:00pm – Get boarding pass and head into airport.

Well, it’s almost time to start boarding… what a day! Thanks for taking the time to read… next post coming to you from Lyon, France!

Two community impact coaches from CameroonFDP; Caroline and Wallace are in Douala to assist lead Community Impact coaches from a not for profit organization with a mission to reach out to the nations training and empowering coaches with the HAT-TRICK INITIAITIVE from the Coaches Across Continent curriculum on sport for social impact. Wallace and Caroline will be assisting the CAC experts to train Community Impact Coaches in Doula for a period of one week before they return to Kumba for the last year of CAC activities with CameroonFDP; A three year partnership that has resounding impact to the coaches from within the municipality of Kumba and the organization itself.13559174_1306596776037716_6209613998719096651_o

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CameroonFDP communication officer at the local community radio in Kumba called lake Site Radio sensitizing the public about our activities and the upcoming Coaches across continent training that will take place from the 4th to the 8th of July 2016. Football is a Game of life which everybody is playing from dawn to dusk with sporting spirit strengthening harmony of society. Without sports a good society can never be constructed by its members. Spirit of endurance and fellowship, willingness to scarify – these various qualities which are of great value can help us to rebuild an ideal society. Society as a whole depends on the young people who are leaders of tomorrow. If CameroonFDP activities are penetrated into the deep-root of the community then youths will became more empowered and juvenile delinquency will reduce as well as shameful act. However to build up a strong-sound and enthusiastic country sport is essential to implement in every level of our society.

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The following resolutions however, were made

  • Improve radio collaboration and engage the community to participate via questions or have coaches to get involve.
  • Engage the service of SWECOM for dissemination of briefs from the organization TV news bar.
  • Engage BoD on TV shows with Dr, Nzume accepting responsibility to arrange with CRTV Hello crew.
  • Nzume requested we look into Brasseries CSR and approach them for sponsorship of our program.
  • Ntoko said though he is not familiar with CSR he supports the opinion that approaching companies is a better option base on marketing and from social networking stand point..

Current BoD Structure:

Under consideration for the current BoD structure Dr. Nzume said the BoD members will have to look at the prospective number and then be able to decide on the responsibilities and this will be so possible when the BoD meets next. However, the following responsibilities were identified so members could begin to fill in.

  • Social Networks; Mr. Ngome Ntoko took responsibility for this on behalf of the BoD.
  • Public Reelations and Administrative Affaires: Mr. Epie Paul
  • Funding and Found Raising events; Mme Bawaka Agnes, Madam Mewanu Mbone and Dr. Nzume Gilber

Visit of the US BoD:

It was agreed that following the visit of the US BoD to Cameroon, a welcome party be arranged at the residence of Madam Mbone Mewanu to give a more serene and culture base treatment to our guests.

Secondly, it was also agreed that as part of their in country activities a tour to the City Council and the three sub Councils, SDO etc would be of added advantage and even the some corporate bodies.

In country Funding Opportunities:

On the issue of in country funding opportunities, the BoD secretary produced a list of Corporate bodies in Cameroon that fund  a wide range of community and NGO activities. Members each had a copy and it was decided that BoD members should find possible network of persons to flag off a relation with these corporation so that US BoD while here could seek some form of intended partnership, collaboration and or sponsorship.

Operating Standards:

It was generally agreed that;

  • That BoD size is increased to at least Seven (7) members.
  • Also, that meeting frequency should be monthly at least for a start, since it has been two years since the last BoD meeting.

Other Matters:

BoD chairman; Dr. Nzume Gilbert asked the Director of Operations to brief the BoD on the state of affairs of the organization. In his briefing; the Director of Operations, highlighted the league activities, operation, expansion, successes and challenges and the intended collaboration with FECAFOOT regional bureau which of course is work in process. He further iterated the need for support to strategic plans of the organization 2017 upwards as we look towards expanding to Muyuka, Buea and Limbe. Equally, the upcoming events including but not limited to Coaches Across Continents upcoming training with staff and other community coaches, the girls league to be launched in the months ahead.

Closing Remarks:

BoD Chairman Dr. Nzume thanked Collins and team members for wonderful work done so far. He said for the fact that BoD meeting has not been held for two years but great strides have been made by the team is proof enough we have an inner passion with enough motivation to change the lives of our target beneficiaries with the activities of the organization.

He thanked the new BoD members for their interest, time and energy to join force in building this organization that has found its birth in this Green City of Kumba. He thanked God for the discernment of wisdom upon every member as we strive to be better and serve with passion. He encouraged the BoD members to see how best they can be of service to the organization and the youth to whom all actions are geared. Last, Dr. Nzume encouraged BoD membes to be regular in meetings as the only way to bridge the gap and meet the expectations set forth. God bless us all!

 

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Two community impact coaches from CameroonFDP; Caroline and Wallace will live for Douala to assist lead Community Impact coaches from a not for profit organization with a mission to reach out to the nations training and empowering coaches with the HAT-TRICK INITIAITIVE from the Coaches Across Continent curriculum on sport for social impact. Wallace and Caroline will be assisting the CAC experts to train Community Impact Coaches in Doula for a period of one week before they return to Kumba for the last year of CAC activities with CameroonFDP; A three year partnership that has resounding impact to the coaches from within the municipality of Kumba and the organization itself.

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Jo Clarke a PHD Research in sports for development with NGO’s in Cameroon, last year he was so fascinated about the activities of this organization and decided to come again to follow up with her research program. Interestingly we discussed on developing the CameroonFDP curriculum and the +7 model, and according to her we are a very unique

Sport for development program, especially after reading from close to a hundred in the world, other topics of the discussion include, culture and structure of sport, Gender, Language and using sport for development.

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Sequel to previous meeting and follow up to FECAFOOT Regional Bureau intended partnership, the Director of Operations of the organization has been in close contact with Mr. Ndazele Valery; First Vice President of FECAFOOT SWR, Barrister Muboh Maxwell; President Marketing, Promotion and Media and Committee. Working back and forth with these gentlemen of the FECAFOOT bureau in the SWR, a partnership document; work in process will in the days ahead be established for review by both institutions after which it shall warrant official signatories to validate and or authenticate the said document.

Certain specifics like the duration of the said partnership were discussed at the last meeting and the President Marketing, promotion and Media Committee made it abundantly clear that the draft will take a more detail approach at addressing mutual interests

Discussion on the possibility of marketing and promotion, around CameroonFDP intended female Super cup to be hosted in Limbe, gave the delegates from both organizations to brainstorm on lots around that opportunity and made prompt action steps which where suggestive at best.

Strong support for the CameroonFDP Super Cup to be hosted before the Female AFCON.

Prompt action steps:

  • Outline of activities the regional office can take to the national bureau for mutual benefit, especially for the benefit of the organization.
  • CameroonFDP to select trainee coaches and forward the lost to FECAFOOT regional bureau.

With respect to the intended Super Cup, it was suggested that; CameroonFDP takes the following prompt action steps:

  • Start training ball girls
  • Preparation for animation with traditional colours etc

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Coaches Across Continent trains with CameroonFDP in kumba for the last time, our goal is to reach out to more coaches especially women who are passionate and ready to implement sessions with young people in their various communities.

The team will also brief the public on our Youth Enrichment Football League  2016 kumba and mamfe, and focus will be the upcoming training based on the following points

 

  • Registration  of youths and coaches on CAC training July 4t
  • Mobilization
  • Requirement
  • Gender balance
  • Pre and post survey

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Running CameroonFDP activities in any club depends on the commitment of the coach, Kingsley’s leadership and dedication at Legend FC has been a great evolution.  His club’s participation in all activities of CameroonFDP youth enrichment league 2016   has been remarkable. Kingsley testifies that working with these youths has made him a better person, equipped to meet up with challenges in life. He was the best coach who understood the plus 7 model and took advantage of it during the finals defeating Wumjeck FC by a margin of one point based on punctuality. He also implemented community service projects in his community with the youths of his football academy to achieve their goals. Etoh Kingsley; Young and dynamic is a mentor and a role model to the youths of his sporting academy whom he has promised never to disappoint.

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