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...
Mar 11, 2015

Inaugural Kumba Youth League Kicks Off Thanks 2 U!

St. Peters FC, a new football club to join CFDP
St. Peters FC, a new football club to join CFDP

It's 2:00pm on Sunday and coaches and players start to arrive at GPS field, well before scheduled kick off time of 3:30pm. This is an amazing achievement in itself. If you are familiar with the concept of "African time", you know what we mean. The CFDP management team has been on site since early in the morning, arranging the canopy (tent), high table and chairs for distinguished guests, marking the field and hanging nets in the goals, situating the PA system and cranking the speakers so that the neighbors will know a great event is happening at the field today.

Soon, members of the surrounding community begin to arrive. Supporters of the two clubs playing in the opening match of Kumba's first U-14 league season. Then other community leaders, coaches, supporters and affiliates of CFDP. Finally, Chairman of the Kumba Board of Commissioners, Divisional Delegate of Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, with his entourage. Everything is set for the Opening Ceremony of the first-ever full season of the CFDP Community League and after a few welcome words from the Director of Operations, Diony Collins, pre-match activities begin.

CFDP football (soccer) matches are different. We transform the playing grounds into a place of learning - for both players and spectators. Before kick off, players will run warm-up drills/games based on educational football drills they learned from Coaches Across Continents training last June. The referee will "quiz" players on each team about what they have learned from their coach in training sessions leading up to the match. Players will read motivational statements to the crowd, reinfocring their role as young athletes in the community to be role models, create awareness and promote social change  Finally, shaking hands between teams and promoting fairplay throughout the game concretizes the values of CFDP: this game is about more than winning.

The theme for this first season is GENDER EQUITY. Every match will highlight a different component of this crucial social issue, and Sunday's opening game was no different. The league will run from February through May, thanks to a new grant from FIFA Football for Hope and the generous support of people like you!

As for the outcome of the opening game between Kumba Lakers FC and St. Peters FC, it was a draw 1-1. But one team will go ahead in the table because of their adherence to CFDP values and our new points system. The next set of matches are set for this upcoming Saturday and Sunday.

None of this is possible without your support. We want to first THANK YOU IMMENSELY for supporting our activities in Cameroon and second invite you to follow along on our blog, social media, and website. Stay connected and see what kind of IMPACT YOU CAN CREATE.

Kumba Legends FC standing proud
Kumba Legends FC standing proud
Kumba Coaches Spotlight: Basil Forgu Forteck
Kumba Coaches Spotlight: Basil Forgu Forteck

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Feb 24, 2015

You Helped us Reach a New Level for Girls Empowerment through Sports!!

Pre-game discussion and "quiz" by referee
Pre-game discussion and "quiz" by referee

"This football tournament is something the town of Kumba - even beyond, to the whole Southwest Region of Cameroon - has never seen before. It is inspiring to see the community support this initiative of CFDP. It has truly elevated women's sports to a new level."

- Divisional Delegate of Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, Meme Division

 

The crowd gathered around the field at GPS Kumba Town as the referee blew the whistle to kick off the final match in the first-ever Holiday tournament for girls in Kumba. By this point, news of the activities on the playing grounds had spread around town and many ventured to the field to see what all the excitement was about. The girls played 11 vs. 11 for a full 90 minutes, just like the Indomitable Lionesses will do this summer at the Womens World Cup in Canada. Two teams, Kumba Lakers and Brescia FC, emerged to play in the final, from the total of four girls' squads who participated in the two-week long event.

Of course, this tournament was about more than winning. In the weeks leading up to the campaign, the girls trained with their coaches on the "CFDP method" for playing football (soccer). This means incorporating all of the things they work on in practice right into the game: preparation with appropriate warm-ups, life skills topics such as self-respect, confidence, and empowerment, tested by the referee before the start of the match, good sportsmanship, or "sports-womanship" as we like to call it, and fairplay during the match.

When Game Day finally came around, the girls found themeselves in a position to elevate their own status, and that of all women in the community, leading by example and creating awareness about social issues through football. Spectators learned how the girls felt about certain issues through the motivational statements they read before each match. 

After 90 minutes, the championship was decided and the Kumba Lady Lakers came out with the win and joyously celebrated victory! In this case, the celebrations were about more than winning a single came. This tournament represents a new level of sporting achievement for young women and girls in Cameroon. What started with your support of this project last year has paved the way for a more engaging approach to girls' empowerment through sport in Kumba in 2015. We remain grateful to our supporters who believe in the power of sport to change the world. 

Pre-game activities: prepare to succeed!
Pre-game activities: prepare to succeed!
The girls and their coach
The girls and their coach
Champions!! Lady Lakers FC
Champions!! Lady Lakers FC

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Feb 24, 2015

2015 Community Soccer League Kicked off on Sunday!

Kumba Arsenal FC - one of the U-14 clubs with CFDP
Kumba Arsenal FC - one of the U-14 clubs with CFDP

It's 2:00pm on Sunday and coaches and players start to arrive at GPS field, well before scheduled kick off time of 3:30pm. This is an amazing achievement in itself. If you are familiar with the concept of "African time", you know what we mean. The CFDP management team has been on site since early in the morning, arranging the canopy (tent), high table and chairs for distinguished guests, marking the field and hanging nets in the goals, and situating the PA system and cranking the speakers so that the neighbors will know a great event is happening at the field today. 

Soon, members of the surrounding community begin to arrive. Supporters of the two clubs playing in the opening match of Kumba's first U-14 league season. Then other community leaders, coaches, supporters and affiliates of CFDP. Finally, Chairman of the Kumba Board of Commissioners, Divisional Delegate of Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, with his entourage. Everything is set for the Opening Ceremony of the first-ever full season of the CFDP Community League and after a few welcome words from the Director of Operations, Diony Collins, pre-match activities begin. 

CFDP football (soccer) matches are different. We transform the playing grounds into a place of learning - for both players and spectators. Before kick off, players will run warm-up drills/games based on educational football drills they learned from Coaches Across Continents training last June. The referee will "quiz" players on each team about what they have learned from their coach in training sessions leading up to the match. Players will read motivational statements to the crowd, reinfocring their role as young athletes in the community to be role models, create awareness and promote social change  Finally, shaking hands between teams and promoting fairplay throughout the game concretizes the values of CFDP: this game is about more than winning.

The theme for this first season is GENDER EQUITY. Every match will highlight a different component of this crucial social issue, and Sunday's opening game was no different. The league will run from February through May, thanks to the generous support of donors like you and FIFA Football for Hope.

As for the outcome of the opening game between Kumba Lakers FC and St. Peters FC, it was a draw 1-1. But one team will go ahead in the table because of their adherence to CFDP values and our new points system. 

None of this is possible without your support. We want to first THANK YOU IMMENSELY for supporting our activities in Cameroon and second invite you to follow along on our blog, social media, and website. Stay connected and see what kind of IMPACT YOU CAN CREATE.

St. Peters FC - a new club created by CFDP coach
St. Peters FC - a new club created by CFDP coach
Kumba Legend FC - a new team in our community
Kumba Legend FC - a new team in our community

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