This project will facilitate improvements in the second year of our Youth Enrichment Football League, a 2013-2014 pilot funded by The Rotary Foundation, and drive expansion to two new communities in Cameroon. Retreats with the CFDP Management Team, Partner site visits, Coaches Clinics, and Workshops will all contribute to a sustainable approach for a new model to change the way youth soccer is played in Cameroon.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Youth lack access to quality recreational activities which leaves them idle and unproductive. There is need for a complete overhaul youth soccer infrastructure in Cameroon. Youth often lack positive role models and mentors who can help them overcome the challenges resulting from limited-to-no access to standard health, education, and technology infrastructure.
How will this project solve this problem?
Soccer improves social infrastructure. Everyone comes together around the global game. Building a soccer league in a community creates a positive space for youth and strengthens the community around the field. Coaches double as mentors who run soccer practices and compete in games within a season dedicated to one life skill building block or health education topic. Partner organizations on the ground are driving this expansion which should encourage the most sustainable approach.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will jump-start the long term vision of creating leagues across the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon to engage thousands of boys and girls in safe, competitive youth soccer leagues owned and operated by leaders in their community. Before the end of 2014, three leagues will kick off in Kumba, Mamfe, and Ndu.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,100
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,400
Total Funding Goal: $3,500