Cameroon Football Development Program

Cameroon Football Development Program (CFDP) provides critical health and social education programs to at-risk youth in underdeveloped areas of the Southwest Region, Cameroon. Our target youth population live in communities which face obstacles that compromise their economic, health, and personal security. Unemployment, pervasive teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and high crime rates resulting from poverty and corruption are some examples of these obstacles which are exacerbated by a lack of healthy recreational activities and effective health education programs. CFDP aims to fill this void in a sport-centric context, which has been proven to retain high youth participation and effect meaningful...
Nov 14, 2014

Expanding Soccer Programs with New Leagues

Collins and Wallace led the Coaches Clinics
Collins and Wallace led the Coaches Clinics

Our Youth Enrichment Football League was launched in Kumba in the summer of 2013. We started with a few reluctant coaches and wanted to see how we could incorporate our life skills and health education into competitive soccer. After a few successful attempts and a few failures, too, we found the perfect combination with a balance of learning and play. This gave us the confidence to move ahead with our regional youth league. 

In October, we launched our Coaches' Clinics aimed at bringing together amateur coaches and referees, and anyone else who loves soccer, to share with them our new approach to the game. As training workshops continued, more coaches began to see the vision: a holistic approach to youth player development, where there is as great focus on performance on the pitch as their is in the classroom and at home. By the end of the month, we began to see a shift in attitudes of coaches in the three communities where we have planted our roots: Kumba, Mamfe and Ndu. With this new approach, we are creating Community Impact Coaches!

The feedback we got from one of our coaches, Harrison Tetu of Wumjeck F.C.  sums it up best:

"The kids are really enjoying the new model. They are seeing improvements in their behaviour and are having the most fun when they are playing the game. They shake hands to show respect to their peers and do not fight with other teams like they used to. We are teaching them so many things through football that they can never learn anywhere else."

As the saying goes in Cameroon, "Long Live the Republic of Cameroon. Long Live CFDP. "

Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we roll out the league in new communities in the Southwest and Northwest Regions.

Coaches got great experience during the practicals
Coaches got great experience during the practicals
CFDP Staff take a walk through Kumba \
CFDP Staff take a walk through Kumba \

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Nov 14, 2014

Girls League is Finally Kicking Off!

A new girls team participates in Coaches Clinic
A new girls team participates in Coaches Clinic

We will welcome four new ladies' teams to our youth enrichment football league in Kumba this season, with competitions officially kicking off in December. Wallace and his team of trainers, Collins, Caroline, and Kama, led Coaches Clinics for our community-based league teams the weekend of October 12-14, which included a few club coaches with girl's teams.

Many of the girls registered to play have been enrolled in CFDP after-school programs for the last 1-3 years, and have benefitted from your support of different trainings and worships which we have facilitated in conjunction with the US Peace Corps.

Looking ahead to the upcoming competitions and reflecting on the practice sessions happening over the last few weeks, Comfort had this to say about the start of the new CFDP season:

"I love football. I am thrilled at the chance to play the game just like the boys do. It's good CFDP is organising this for us. This girls competition will be something to make people in Kumba sit up and take note. We are here and we are driving for our own success."

Worthy of note is the Indomitable Lionesses will join the best female national teams from around the world in Canada in 2015 for the FIFA Women's World Cup! We will be cheering on our role models from the national team as the girls soccer league in Kumba takes root!

Two of the greatest female role models in Kumba
Two of the greatest female role models in Kumba
A fierce female footballer ready to play!
A fierce female footballer ready to play!

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Nov 6, 2014

Coaches Clinics Kick Off League Launching

Coaches Receive One World Futbols After Training
Coaches Receive One World Futbols After Training

A new era in CFDP has begun. Our Kumba team, lead by Collins and Wallace, is fresh from four weeks of running coaches clinics around the Southwest and Northwest Regions. Streamlining the learning objectives and experience for coaches in our partner schools and communities allows for a more precise and comprehensive approach to our leadership development.

We welcomed more than 20 new coaches to the CFDP family this month, who joined about 10 others with 1+ years experience. They are all excited to get started with soccer practices in the coming weeks. Each one has their eye on the holiday competitions we are planning in Kumba, Mamfe, and Ndu in December where the league takes a new dimension with enrichment-based competitions. Coaches are sharing Plus Seven values with their players in the training sessions leading up to the Games in December. 

In addition, 500 soccer balls were donated by the One World Futbol project to support this expansion!

Over the next eight months, we will measure the progress of our coaches... Their development will not be measured in the number of wins for their team, but really by the connections they build with their players and the unity of the team. Our referees will also slip in the occasional "quiz-like" question before each of the games - 

"What are you learning from your coach and teammates? How can this help you in your future?"

Youth Learn from one of the Coaches in Training
Youth Learn from one of the Coaches in Training
Coaches Combine Life Skills Education with Soccer
Coaches Combine Life Skills Education with Soccer
CFDP Management Team Makes It All Possible
CFDP Management Team Makes It All Possible

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