Spanish-Jamaican Foundation teams with CAC
In mid-December 2014, the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF) and Ballaz International again teamed up to bring the award-winning international NGO Coaches Across Continents (CAC) back to Jamaica.
As in 2013, the CAC team put its track record of using football as a vehicle for social change to good use, training 100 coaches and 50 children each in Kingston and Montego Bay.
"We at the SJF are thrilled to be expanding the football for social impact methodology to coaches, to facilitate the development of problem-solving skills in our young footballers as they play a sport they love," said SJF general manager Dr Rebecca Tortello. Ballaz Intl's Andre Virtue, noted that CAC's methodology is closely aligned with that of his own organisation.
COACHING GOOD CITIZENS
"As coaches, our responsibility is great as we are not just teaching how to play the game, but how to be good citizens on and off the field." For his part, CAC's Chief Executive Strategist, Brian Suskiewicz, shared that CAC was excited to continue the second year of the partnership with the SJF and Ballaz International.
"We'll build off last year's (2013) training as we work with coaches to implement our sport for social impact curriculum. Both returning and new coaches will learn how to maximise football for social impact, learning skills to adapt these games into training."
Endorsed by the Jamaica Football Federation, additional support was provided by RIU, The Spanish Court Hotel, Island Grill, HI-LYTE, Jamaica Producers, Red Cross, The Violence Prevention Alliance, and MoBay Hope, run by Spanish group Hospiten.
Coaches Across Continents is the world's only development organisation with a proven track record in using soccer as a vehicle for social change in developing communities. CAC mobilises volunteers, financial resources and equipment to work with local teachers and community leaders in disadvantaged communities on three continents, creating sustainable educational programmes for children and youth that use soccer as a teaching tool. CAC has worked in more than 20 countries with more than 210 organisations and more than 120,000 young people.
It has received numerous international awards, including the One World Futbol Foundation Award in 2012 and Best New Project at the Beyond Sport Community Awards in the same year. For more information, see www.coachesacrosscontinents.org.