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IMG_2523The session started at 4pm with 20 students present, who were anxious and excited especially with the life skill topic which was based on Gender Equity, most of the young girls were happy because most of their problems were addressed, they have often been neglected by their leader especially in the field and most often priority is given to the boys. After the session the youths expressed joy and satisfaction to CFDP for creating opportunities to both boys and girls not only in the game of football but also on educational carrier.
BAASK is found in Fiango under Kumba two sub division, it was created in 2008 by group of individuals who are refined educationist.it has a population of about 2000 students from secondary to high school and also a technical section.IMG_2528

exercising hanshakeThe match started at 3pm with the pre match sessions then the national anthem was sung followed by a word from the Director of operations and the delegate of sports and physical education, two players from each team read the motivational statement, the whole tournament is based on gender issues and the theme for the first match as fair treatment between boys and girls. The referees were kemgo, Daniel and Ngome. Teams involved st peter and Leke’s FC.
The first half ended 0 -0 ,in second half st peter open a score within the 30 minutes of play and the goal was scored by klovert Dunyeh and at the 40 minute Laker’s equalized by prince Ojuurou Okpa. The men of the match for both teams were Nicholas Ekang from Laker’s and Ayuk Junior from St Peter.
The final score was in favor of st peter that scored 8 point and Lakers had 7 point because one of his player was given a yellow card.
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The event took place on Friday 6th February 2015 in G B H S Kosala with eight schools taking part the schools were:

G B H S Kosala

Diligent Bilingual Academy

BHS Kang Barombi

GHS Kumba Mbeng

GHS Nkamlikum

Multipurpose Youth Empowerment Center

Lords Biligual Academy (LBA)

and GLOBICCOL

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Sports teachers from partner schools volunteered to double as referees at the football festival for peace on National Youth Day 2015 in Cameroon.

The activities started at 10am with a welcome word from manager of school program then the schools were divided into two pools.

Pool A: GBHS Kosala, LBA, GHS Nkamlikum and MYEC.

Pool B: Diligent, GLOBICCOL ,GHS Kumba Mbeng and BHS.

Each match had educational theme. The first round the theme was Fair Play, Semi final it was Sportmanship and the final the theme was Football for Peace. The youths did their session before the match.The tournament was base on CFDP’s plus 7 model and after the first round of 3 matches each school played.

GBHS kosala and LBA were 1st and 2nd in pool A while Pool B Diligent and GHS kumba Mbeng were 1st and 2nd who played the semi final.

 

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Playing with or without shoes, with or without proper goals… doesn’t matter. Football is more than a game.

The finals was then played between Diligent Bilingual Academy and GHS Kumba Mbeng and Diligent was the Champion!! At the end of tournament prizes were given to all the youths who took part.They had T-shirt each and the 1st three schools went back with a file, book,ruler, and packet of pencil. A shield was awarded to the Diligent Bilingual Academy as the overall champion of the maiden football festival tournament.

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Boys on Diligent Bilingual Academy’s team smile with their prizes. Jerseys from Hampton Soccer Club in Pittsburgh, PA and school supplies donated by elementary students in Morgantown, WV.

 

A word of thanks was given to the youths by the founder Mr Justin Forzano. The event ended around 1pm when everyone returned joyously to their respective homes.

 

 

Youth shake hands before every match as a sign of good sportsmanship.

Youth shake hands before every match as a sign of good sportsmanship.

Back in 2013, we were awarded a grant from Rotary International in support of this idea: a youth enrichment football (soccer) league. The concept was simple, but seemed to escape many in the sport for development world. Combining competition with social impact. We utilized our existing curriculum, which was developed thanks to support from big brothers in the SFD world like Coaches Across Continents (CAC) and Grassroots Soccer, and restructured it to fit a competition-style program.

In 2014, we extended this concept to girls in Kumba in celebration of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated around the world annually on March 8th. We shifted our coaches training modules for community leaders and school program leaders to better reflect this new approach to youth development through sport. In addition, we took a risk and extended the concept to Mamfe in collaboration with long-time ally on the ground, United Action for Children. We rounded up 2014 with another girls tournament in Kumba and a U-14 boys tournament in Mamfe. Each of these competitions had life skills themes at the core: time management, preparation, good sportsmanship, and fairplay to name a few.

Players and teams in our league are supported by donors in the USA. Thank to Hampton Soccer Club in Pittsburgh for these jerseys!

Players and teams in our league are supported by donors in the USA. Thank to Hampton Soccer Club in Pittsburgh for these jerseys!

In 2015, with support of FIFA Football for Hope, we take our youth league model to the next level. Instead of a 1 or 2 week tournament, we are hosting a full season of activities, which will keep youth on six (6) community-based football teams engaged from February through May. Every two weeks, teams will meet up on Saturday or Sunday and participate in a match which is about more than the game itself. In between game days, they will train with their coaches, learning new football drills and games to improve their technique from Coerver Coaching and become more familiar with the theme for this league, Gender Equality, through CAC games, guided discussions, radio programs, and leadership workshops. Our hope is that each team will compete a community service project before the end of the season. By May, we want all of Kumba to celebrate the players, coaches, parents, and supporters of these six teams who have taken a leap forward using sport as a vehicle for social change and community development!

In our league, every match has a topic to engage the youth. They read motivational statements before each match.

In our league, every match has a topic to engage the youth. They read motivational statements before each match.

Onward!

The right of a child consists of Right to, Life.Education, Food, Health, Water, Identity, Freedom, and Protection. CFDP is involved in the right to educate the youths of kumba in particular and Cameroon in general. Education also consists of a form of learning that is necessary for the development of one’s personality and identity, as well as his physical and intellectual capabilities. Education permits, notably, the transmission of common principles to new generations, and the conservation and perpetuation of social values. It also contributes to the flourishing of individuality through the enhancement of social and professional integration.
Education has as its ultimate objective the improvement of a person’s quality of life. It offers to underprivileged adults and children a chance to escape from poverty. It is thus an essential tool for the economic, social and cultural development of all populations around the world.IMG_4546
Working with youths from 12 to 18 years is a perfect platform to educate a child through sports and we intend to create an environment where young people are valued as future leaders. Working with 14 schools and communities in meme Division provides education, health and protection of children’s right.
We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind. There is much to celebrate as the UN mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrollmentIMG_4141, but this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done.

We want equal opportunity for our daughters to play sports, so they too can derive the psychological, physiological and sociological benefits of sports participation. Sport has been one of the most important sociology-cultural learning experiences for boys and men for many years. Those same benefits should be afforded to our daughters. It is important for all of us to know that: High school girls who play sports are less likely to be involved in an unwanted pregnancy; more likely to get better grades in school and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports and one of CFDP goals is to protect young girls from the ills of the society and involve them in sports and life skill topics.
Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self esteem and lower levels of depression. Sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.
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Girls have traditionally learned about teamwork, goal-setting, the pursuit of excellence in performance and other achievement-oriented behaviors — critical skills necessary for success in schools and communities. In an economic environment like the city of kumba, where the quality of our children’s lives will be dependent on two-income families, our daughters cannot be less prepared for the highly competitive workplace than our sons. It is no accident that CFDP have decided to organize a female league the first of its kind in kumba.
Kumba lakers, Wumjeck, Breccias and Arsenal will start the match, watch out for more updates.

Kumba Lakers Girls on the move

Kumber Lakers Girls on the move

One of the components of CFDP plus seven models is fair play that is leaving everything on the field, demonstrated by a handshake between teams before/after match.
This Encourages the thinking that: at the end of the day we are all brothers and sisters. In case of anger or conflict Resolution management will be easy. During the coaches clinic in Kumba the third day was set aside for leaders to implement the plus seven models, and it was really fun when players from different schools and communities shook hands with each other what a lofty idea
Unless health issues or local customs dictate otherwise, usually a handshake is made with bare hands. However, it depends on the situation.

In Anglophone countries, in business situations. In casual non-business situations, men are more likely to shake hands than women, but in  CFDP both parties are ready to shake hands

Wumjeck FC shaking hands with kumba Lekers girls team.

Wumjeck FC shaking hands with kumba Lekers girls team.

Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can help you feel less bored with life. Small changes like these may seem insignificant, but they will make your life more interesting in the long run by adding variety.
Everyone knows that moving about, getting your heart going and burning up energy is great, full stop. Tests have shown that people at any age, regardless of prior physical ability, can improve their health and well-being by taking up some gentle, regular exercise.
CFDP management team did three hours walk from the commercial avenue to lake Barombi mbo creating awareness about the organization and sharing CFDP flyers with administrators, in kumba I municipality what a wonder full exercise watch out next month, at Kumba III municipality that will include volunteers from schools and communities.

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The operation of CFDP  in kumba has changed the life of the youths, the way they think, behave and handle situations both at home and school. Despite the Educational components the organization provides 10 balls each to all its partner schools and communities. The principal of BHS Barombi Kang on behalf of all the Recipients thanked CFDP for such a wonderful Gesture and promised that the equipments will not be mishandled.

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Our programs are built around the philosophy that footballs interpersonal environment has a unique potential to meaningfully impact participants. Within that environment youths are exposed to the benefits of football and team sports for their bodies, voices, and minds, and using life skills to support their application of these benefits in their every day’s lives and future goals.

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CFDP Director of Operation Mr. Diony Collins reiterated that all these Achievements would not have been possible with out our strategic collaboration with secondary schools and football academies with volunteer leaders.

 

 

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After weeks of deliberation, sharing ideas back and forth between the Kumba and Pittsburgh offices of CFDP, we have finally agreed on the theme for the 2014 Fall Season. It was with great care that we took into consideration the situation of our youth in Kumba as well as boys and girls in areas where we have laid the groundwork for expansion: Ndu in the Northwest Region and Mamfe in the Southwest Region.

This season, the theme will be PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY with a focus on: Time management, Fair play, and Good Sportsmanship. Coaches will familiarize themselves with these topics during CFDP’s Coaches Clinics planned for the coming weeks. Once the season kicks off, coaches will incorporate teaching these values to their players with Coaches Across Continents games and small group discussions to enhance their practices.

Our vision by the end of the season:

Practices and games will start on time with the teams exchanging handshakes (an international gesture of Goodwill) and be played with a “no yellow cards” mentality with specific attention to the quality play without infraction.

 

This season, coaches will implement some of the games they learned during Coaches Across Continents training hosted by CFDP in June.

This season, coaches will implement some of the games they learned during Coaches Across Continents training hosted by CFDP in June.

 

 

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