The international labor day 2016 was celebrated under the theme, social responsibility of enterprises and trade unions in the promotion of decent work. In kumba municipality, all institutions and companies made their presence felt. The match pass kick- started at 1pm closely followed by the award of labor medals to meritorious workers, by 3pm all companies and institutions had successfully gone through the marching exercise, show casing placards with brilliant messages include amongst was CameroonFDP management team and coaches carrying their message; Football is more than scoring goals. By 3pm the senior divisional officer officially closed the event, staffs and coaches of CameroonFDP left for refreshment, with the slogan every work deserve its beer,
CameroonFDP organized a youth Camp with youths and coaches on the theme, Gender transformation via the beautiful game of football,(CCC Field)
The youth camp took place on Saturday 30th April 2016 at the Cameroon College of Commerce, the event started with registration and warm up exercise, and followed by an introduction from the director of operation , the youths were divided into three groups, handled by Nenne, Killian and Caroline, who moved on each group and drill the youths on Gender equality, and Gender and sex, while Caroline administer surveys , the coaches worked closely with the management team during the exercise to improve on their life skills. The program ended at about 11am with a small match, followed by a word of thanks from the director of operations and concluded with refreshment and pictures. The youths express satisfaction and appreciated CameroonFDP for the event and like Oliver Twist they requested for more. The various teams participating in CameroonFDP tournament promised to do better in their football drills and life skill topics based on what they have learnt from the youth camp.
On Saturday, April 23rd, the University of Pittsburgh held its annual Play for a Purpose soccer tournament. It was organized by Pitt’s Play for a Purpose student organization, led by Morgan Buck. The tournament was held at the Cost Center on campus, where there were three fields set up for the event. Nine teams played in total, and about 100 students attended.
The event opened with words from Justin Forzano, who described the purpose of CameroonFDP and encouraged players to get involved with the organization. Then three teams each played each other on the three fields, and the winner of each moved onto the next round. The overall team with the most goals also moved on. The winning team received CameroonFDP t-shirts to represent throughout campus. Participants also received pizza for lunch!
The tournament raised about $500 and was a huge success. Thank you to all the players and volunteers who made the event so great!
If you are interested in organizing a similar event, please check out our page here.
The University of Dayton (UD) held the second annual Kickin’ It For Cameroon Soccer Tournament on Sunday, April 17th, at the University of Dayton’s Stuart Field. Thirty one students from UD’s “Sports in a Global Community” class have been working on this event, meeting each Thursday to plan the tournament. They created a Fundraising/Sponsorship team, Digital Marketing team, Analog Marketing team, Operations team, Campus Recruitment team, and an International Recruitment Team to cover all aspects of the tournament.
It was a great turnout with 10 teams playing. The team that won was named “NARPS” which included a few varsity soccer players such as Nicole Waters (2014/2015 A-10 Midfielder of the Year) and Ashley Campbell (2015 A-10 Offensive Player of the Year).
In addition to the tournament, the UD students set up a Crowdrise campaign, which so far has raised over $850. The Fundraising/Sponsorship team also received donations from 7 different restaurants and other companies in the Dayton area. They even received donations from local soccer clubs such as the Dayton Dynamo, Dayton Flyers Soccer, and Columbus Crew. These donations were raffled off in gift baskets. Combined with the tournament, the group raised over $1100, and are still holding fundraisers at local restaurants. The group also donated equipment to CameroonFDP such as soccer balls, cleats, and jerseys.
Thank you to these dedicated UD students for all their hard work! If you are interested in setting up a similar tournament, please check out our page here.
The CameroonFDP office in Kumba held a meeting for the coaches on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016. The main purpose of the meeting, in which all coaches were present, was to better the league activities in Kumba.
The coach of Brescia FC, Antangana Modest, appreciated the meeting. He was able to discuss methods to improve his team, as well as the league in general.
Kama, the Assistant League Director, also met with coaches individually to review current practices within the organization, as well as to obtain feedback from the coaches.
CameroonFDP knows just how important these coaches are to our organization. By having these meetings, we provide continuous leadership training as well as support throughout the whole league.
The University of Dayton (UD) is holding a Kickin’ It For Cameroon Soccer Tournament this Sunday, April 17th, at the University of Dayton’s Stuart Field. Thirty one students from UD’s “Sports in a Global Community” class have been working on this event, meeting each Thursday to plan the tournament. The class first broke down into different teams to plan the different parts of the event. They have a Fundraising/Sponsorship team, Digital Marketing team, Analog Marketing team, Operations team, Campus Recruitment team, and an International Recruitment Team. Each team has an assigned leader and they are in charge of the 6 students in their teams. The professor of the class has also helped in planning of the event.
They expect 12 teams to play, and their Fundraising/Sponsorship team has received donations from about 7 different restaurants and other companies in the Dayton area. They also received donations from and are in contact with local soccer clubs such as the Dayton Dynamo, Dayton Flyers Soccer, and Columbus Crew. The group plans on raffling these donations off in gift baskets. Additionally, they have a Crowdrise page, in which they are raising donations.
Thank you to these dedicated UD students for all their hard work! And make sure you check out their Twitter page to keep up with all of the action!
During the Third Annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), many schools raised awareness around CameroonFDP and the use of sport for development. The Providence Heights Alpha School in Allison Park, Pennsylvania celebrated by having a Sports Jersey Day, in which students and staff got to wear their favorite sports jerseys. They also collected equipment through a donation drive. They raised over $250 and collected many jerseys, soccer balls, and cleats for our players in Cameroon. The school even held an assembly on Monday, April 11th to talk about Cameroon and raise global awareness.
Jefferson Middle School in Mount Lebanon also held an equipment collection drive. The students even sorted and packed the equipment themselves! They were able to learn valuable lessons such as social responsibility and entrepreneurial skills.
A special thank you to the students and staff of the Alpha School and Jefferson Middle School. Their hard work and dedication has raised awareness around IDSDP and the use of sport for development!
Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. On April 6th, the Third Annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, CameroonFDP ran sessions with thirty girls with football drills on promoting peace and life skills. They also played a short match among themselves.
Sport as a universal language can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance, and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures, and religions. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent, and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion, and peaceful coexistence.
Today is the day…the Third Annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) is here! To celebrate in Cameroon this week, our office is facilitating a fun soccer program entirely for girls! This program supports IDSDP’s mission to use sport as a meaningful tool to address gender equality.
Here in Pittsburgh, CameroonFDP will be having our second after-school soccer program in Wilkinsburg this Friday afternoon. Last week was a huge success thanks to our guest coaches, the Chatham University Women’s Soccer Team. We are also teaming up with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday April 9th at the Highmark Stadium. Come enjoy soccer games and activities while also cheering on the Riverhounds as they take on the Harrisburg City Islanders. We will also be collecting gently used soccer equipment!
Using sport for development can have a profound impact on the world, and even right here in Pittsburgh! Join the global movement. Celebrate IDSDP today!
The Nkamanyi Football Initiative (NFI) was created in Kumba by the Nkamanyi family with the goal of supporting children in order to learn and develop their skills through the game of football. Clement Nkamanyi, who is a consultant engineer and software developer in Germany, created the organization because of his love for football. He also has a son who plays soccer and this inspired him to create this program with support from his family.
On Friday 1st April 2016, the organization held a forum, explaining what NFI is all about, how they will operate, and future plans for their program. Since the program’s creation, they have been working with 12 clubs and have played over 70 games. Our Super Cup Champions, Brescia FC, has emerged as a finalist in these games.
The president of the Meme Youth Football Association, Mr. Jerome Nangue, is pleased with the initiative and said if programs like these are created in town, then many talented youths will realize their dreams and become future footballers. He explained what inspired him to create a football association; he also was a player before he got injured and decided to quit playing. However, he still had a passionate for the game. He further said what actually gave him the push to do this is his son who is a footballer in South Africa.
The Director of CameroonFDP was also given the floor. He said that it was a pleasure to collaborate with them and shared his experience working with CameroonFDP; a sports for social impact organization that uses the beautiful game of football to change the lives of youths in Kumba and has been doing so for the past 5 years. He strongly advised the coaches that the youths they work with depend so much on their ability to mentor and inspire them as positive role models. They have a vital role to play in the lives of the youths because of their love for football. He further explains that the outcome of these kids greatly depends on the character of the coach. For example, a negative coach will impact a player negatively, while a positive coach will impact the youth positively. The Director of CameroonFDP also suggested that the coaches should create a strong relationship with the parents of the youths they work with to ensure they best understand what their program is all about so that parents can be supportive of their child’s activities.
Madam Azeme Rose, who is the president of a sporting football club called Allez-Poque was also present and empowered the parents who were there as she happens to be the only female football president in Kumba. She also has one of the best veteran football clubs in town. She represents a role model to girls in town with passion on football. Overall, it was a great meeting, where many leaders in Kumba collaborated and planned the future of sport for development.