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...
Dec 22, 2015

From Soccer to Community Service - What a Year!

Soccer brings smiles!
Soccer brings smiles!

Time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe it has been 4 months since the Super Cup.What began with a weekend of soccer in August has turned into a movement in Cameroon, impacting youth and communities far beyond our initial expectation. Thank you so much for your generous support! It seems like only yesterday that we gathered 50+ young players and coaches from across the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameron in the regional capital city of Bamenda for a thrilling soccer competition and leadership workshop. Since then, a lot has happened.

While we were gearing up for back-to-school and fall soccer seasons here in the U.S., our Super Cup players were activating their teammates to create positive change back home. Players, coaches and teams from Kumba, Mamfe, Bamenda, Ndu, and Ndom organized community service activities ranging from soccer matches for local orphans to neighborhood cleanup projects and even road repairs

“The theme of teamwork and community service inspired me at the Super Cup in Bamenda. My team and I will clean our environment, especially the football field, and organize friendly matches with young people in the local orphanage.”

-          Babila, Age 13

With some teams engaged in monthly service projects, we are optimistic this momentum will continue in 2016.

With the New Year in mind, I am excited to share more good news with you. For a second year in a row, FIFA Football for Hope will support our innovative educational soccer leagues in Cameroon in 2016-2017 with a grant in the amount of $60,000! While we look forward to making an announcement to the general public very soon, I wanted to make sure you were among the first to know. This will help propel us forward with another exciting year of innovative sport-based programs and community development initiatives.

From all of us on the CameroonFDP team, thank you and best wishes for a joyous holiday season!

Sincere regards,

Justin

Brescia FC doing a School Clean up
Brescia FC doing a School Clean up
Youth placing stones in the road to improve access
Youth placing stones in the road to improve access
Babila (Center) with teammates
Babila (Center) with teammates
Dec 22, 2015

From Soccer to Community Service - What a Year!

Soccer brings smiles!
Soccer brings smiles!

Time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe it has been 4 months since the Super Cup.What began with a weekend of soccer in August has turned into a movement in Cameroon, impacting youth and communities far beyond our initial expectation. Thank you so much for your generous support! It seems like only yesterday that we gathered 50+ young players and coaches from across the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameron in the regional capital city of Bamenda for a thrilling soccer competition and leadership workshop. Since then, a lot has happened.

While we were gearing up for back-to-school and fall soccer seasons here in the U.S., our Super Cup players were activating their teammates to create positive change back home. Players, coaches and teams from Kumba, Mamfe, Bamenda, Ndu, and Ndom organized community service activities ranging from soccer matches for local orphans to neighborhood cleanup projects and even road repairs

“The theme of teamwork and community service inspired me at the Super Cup in Bamenda. My team and I will clean our environment, especially the football field, and organize friendly matches with young people in the local orphanage.”

-          Babila, Age 13

With some teams engaged in monthly service projects, we are optimistic this momentum will continue in 2016.

With the New Year in mind, I am excited to share more good news with you. For a second year in a row, FIFA Football for Hope will support our innovative educational soccer leagues in Cameroon in 2016-2017 with a grant in the amount of $60,000! While we look forward to making an announcement to the general public very soon, I wanted to make sure you were among the first to know. This will help propel us forward with another exciting year of innovative sport-based programs and community development initiatives.

From all of us on the CameroonFDP team, thank you and best wishes for a joyous holiday season!

Sincere regards,

Justin

Youth lay stones in the road to improve access
Youth lay stones in the road to improve access
Babila (Center) with teammates
Babila (Center) with teammates
Dec 22, 2015

Kumba All Star Girls Continues Training as Tream

Thank you from our girls!
Thank you from our girls!

20-year old Janet led her peers during training last Wednesday. Her goal is to become a professional player on the Cameroon Women's National Team as well as in international leagues, something young women couldn't conceive 10 years ago. With the recent success of the Indomitable Lionesses at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada this past summer, more attention and resources are being directed to women's soccer in the country. We are proud to be a part of this investment in girls and young women, and more importantly, leading it at the grassroots level. Janet says of her experiences learning from CameroonFDP coaches and staff, 

"For me to be a role model in my community, I will do my best to encourage others in my neighborhood and also give advice to those who want to play like me."

Being a role model and elevating others in your community are two of our core values here at CameroonFDP. We strive to ensure that every practice and game serve to promote and embody these and other important life skills and lessons. It's amazing to see these values being instilled in young girls like Janet within weeks of starting training with our coaches, Kama and Harrison.

2016 may very well be the greatest year for female football in Cameroon. The nation will host the Africa Women Cup of Nations in November and the Lionesses will strive to keep the Championship Cup in country this year. In 2014, they reached the finals and lost to Nigeria, who has won the tournament 6 of the last 8 times it has been played consecutively since 1998. 

With your support, we hope to give young girls like Janet the opportunity to participate in the tournament - even from the sidelines - and meet their heroes and see them compete in the greatest competition on the Continent. With all of Africa watching to see how their lady footballers prosper in Cameroon in 2016, we hope to continue leading the efforts to make a difference, using the game to improve the lives of girls and young women in the communities where we work.

Many thanks and best wishes for an amazing holiday season and prosperous New Year!

Coach Harrison and the Girls Team
Coach Harrison and the Girls Team
Nenne discusses with Team Captain, Janet
Nenne discusses with Team Captain, Janet
Killian takes time to learn more about the players
Killian takes time to learn more about the players
All Star team is ready to play!
All Star team is ready to play!
 
   

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