Wallace, Director of Youth Enrichment League Expansion, and Caroline, Director of Impact Evaluation, recently traveled to Mamfe in the Southwest Region of Cameroon to facilitate our first coaching clinic of 2016. Seven coaches attended and participated in three full days of coaching seminars. CameroonFDP learned these seminar methods and activities through Coaches Across Continents (CAC), an online certificate course. Caroline was the only female coach from CAC’s global network of coaches to graduate in 2015 from this course.
Our coaches’ training included classroom activities with discussions on how to incorporate educational messages into the game. They also discussed how to be an effective role model and mentor to players. The training then included field activities such as games from CAC, which teach educational messages and technical football drills. This coaching clinic was very successful and we look forward to seeing the coaches use their new skills in the upcoming Youth League.
Passing out orders is as easy as passing out business cards. But a prudent leader should know how to lead himself or herself—not merely to provide a genuine example to others, but to become a working element of the overall machinery of an organization. It’s important that leaders have the ability to focus and motivate themselves as they motivate others. Coaches clinic in Kumba will happen this week from Thursday, February 4th to Saturday, February 7th to prepare the coaches for the Youth League. CameroonFDP promotes gender equality through its curriculum and the leaders will have the opportunity to understand gender issues. Our Youth League kicks off on the February 14th with 7 teams. Stay tuned for updates.
Will Dodds, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, traveled to Cameroon during the summer of 2013. While there, Will worked with CameroonFDP’s team of staff members in Kumba to launch the very first Youth League. The Youth League is a program that involves coaching clinics and youth soccer competition. Coaches attend CameroonFDP’s clinics throughout the year to learn about our curriculum and methodology. The competitions that take place throughout the year allow coaches and teams to come together, show how they have grown, and compete with each other on the field in the spirit of youth development.
Will first become involved with CameroonFDP after finding out about the organization online. He started volunteering in September 2012, where he wrote blog posts, created newsletters, and collected soccer equipment. Justin Forzano, founder of CameroonFDP, then proposed an opportunity to Will to take on a role for the organization in Kumba. Will said yes right away since he developed a curiosity about the country and CameroonFDP’s work there. With the help of the Kumba management team and staff, he had an enriching and rewarding experience.
Will’s favorite memory from the trip was his interaction with the management team and the friends he made in Kumba. Even two and a half years later, he still keeps in touch with them via Facebook. Now Will is in a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the University of Pittsburgh to teach K-12 Spanish.
Lauren Robinet and Alex Kirsch, seniors at Avonworth High School, recently completed a Supporters’ Project for CameroonFDP. For their project, they held a bake sale, which took several steps to organize. With the help of their Assistant Principal, they scheduled times and got a cart to sell their baked goods with. The day before the bake sale, Lauren and Alex spent the afternoon baking cupcakes, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. They even decorated the cupcakes with the colors of the Cameroon flag. When the day of the bake sale arrived, the girls sold the treats to their classmates and collected a significant amount for CameroonFDP.
Lauren and Alex first heard about CameroonFDP through their soccer coach at Avonworth High School. Last year, the girls collected supplies and raised money as part of their graduation project. They were even featured on several news channels for their hard work. Even though they completed their graduation project, Lauren and Alex still wanted to be involved with CameroonFDP because it’s something they feel very passionate about. Currently, they are planning a spring car wash with another club at their high school to raise money for our players in Cameroon. Thanks girls for your continued support!
If you are interested in starting a Supporters’ Project for CameroonFDP, please click here!
Ebot Taku is a form two student in the Government Bilingual High School (GBHS) in Kumba, and is participating in the CameroonFDP tournament under the Legend Football Club. He testifies that his participation in the tournament will make him a better person, especially in terms of school improvement. The life skills he will learn do not only help him as a person, but will help his family and friends as well. He appreciated the organization for such a wonderful idea in the city of Kumba and thanked Coach Kingsley for including him on his team. He appreciates the organization for the wonderful work they are doing for the youths in Kumba, especially on holidays where most of the youths are idle. They were especially happy with the new soccer jerseys given to them and promised to put everything that they have learned in the tournament into practice.
Ebot appreciates the organization for implementing such a wonderful program in Kumba and looks forward to setting goals in order to succeed in life.
Piper’s Pub, located in South Side, is THE place to go and watch soccer in Pittsburgh. On the weekends, the pub is crowded with supporters from different clubs watching their team play. For a second year in a row, Piper’s is helping to support CameroonFDP by collecting gently used soccer gear at the pub over the next few months. We are accepting the following items through our collection bin located in the pub: soccer balls, cleats and tennis shoes, jerseys and shorts, shin guards and socks, and referee and coaching gear.
These donations help our organization and players in Cameroon significantly. Please visit the pub to drop off some gear or contact us to organize your own equipment collection drive with your team, club, or school!
Members of the CameroonFDP Board of Commissioners in Kumba gathered on Friday January 22, 2016 to discuss the launching of the second youth football league in Kumba. This meeting was a huge success, as all of the members were engaged and promised to give their best to support the activities of CameroonFDP in the new year. Members present were the Divisional Delegate of the Ministry of Sport and Physical Education, the Meme Division Representative to the Federal Football Association, the Cameroon Federation of Football (FECAFOOT), and the Delegate to the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
All of the individuals represent key stakeholder groups which are essential to the functioning and growth of our initiative. Each one of them promised to make their superiors aware of the good work we are doing.
After the success of the meeting, members of our management team traveled to Buea for meetings in the Regional offices
Brescia Academy embarked on cleaning the Sacred Heart Nursery and Primary School Fiango-Kumba. Helping the pupils keeping the environment clean makes the headmistress so happy until she gave them some money to eat and drink. Thanks to SuperCup now the difference amongst our youths is clear!!! Via CameroonFDP this youths have became and inspiration amongst thier peers especially in the aspect of community service which was a big night mare to the youths in Kumba.
When girls participate in sports they are more likely to attend school, and step out as leaders in society
On the 2nd December 2015, there was a friendly encounter between the CameroonFDP girls soccer team VS Kanjas Football Academy at the St.Theres primary school field. Players from both team arrived at 3:00 pm while the officials at 3:30 pm. After a welcome speech from the league director Ngoe Wallace who was happy to see all the two teams at the pitch in time and advise them on CameroonFDP plus seven models. After 3 minutes of play Kema Janet sticker from CameroonFDP open the score with a spectacular dribbling that leads to a goal. It was so difficult for their opponent as at the end of the first half they were leading 3 goals to zero by Kema Janet. Upon arrival after the second half and with an inspiring and motivating messages from the coach of Kanjas, his players perform better than before until another goal from Kobe Stella making it 4-0. Just at the end of the additional time, Kobe Stella makes it again and the match ended 5 goals for CameroonFDP and zero for Kanjas Football Academy.
Women and girls’ participation in sports is an important social and economic empowerment tool. Women and girls acquire new professional networks, develop a sense of identity and access new opportunities to become more engaged in school and community life. In addition, sports serve as a vehicle to improve women’s and girls’ leadership roles and participation in decision-making and help to convene people across borders, cultures and belief systems. They can promote greater tolerance and understanding among individuals and communities and can challenge gender stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes, especially as they attend CameroonFDP Sessions every Wednesday.