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Sep 9, 2019

CameroonFDP is now Open Field!

Girls league champion!
Girls league champion!

As you may have noticed, we are sporting a brand-new name: Open Field. We’ve come a long way and grown so much since we began this journey as Cameroon Football Development Program in 2010. We’re excited to share this transformative time in our organization’s history with you and begin by saying THANK YOU for your support over the years!

It’s not just our name and logo that have changed, we have expanded our mission, improved our tag line, updated our website, and revamped our social media presence, all to better communicate our global mission to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport. 

So, what’s different? 

For the past 2.5 years, we focused on developing a Sport for Good model to scale and replicate in communities around the world. With continued support from the FIFA Foundation, we prioritized leadership training and skill-building experiences for older youth to serve as mentors and role models on and off the field to younger kids in their community. The result of this investment is a culturally-relevant and flexible approach to programming that is youth-led, community based, and ready to expand. 

Where are we going?

We launched our first U.S. program in Pittsburgh in June. Through collaboration with community-based organizations, our summer programming engaged more than 100 boys and girls ages 5-18 from all different backgrounds in low income neighborhoods across the city. Our Cameroon programming is expanding in two more cities thanks in part to a grant from the United Nations Development Program. Most recently, we signed a memorandum of understanding to explore expansion in another West African country. 

With your support we have made a positive impact in the lives of thousands of youth through the global game of soccer. Looking ahead, we are humbled and thrilled to continue to reach thousands more as Open Field. We welcome you on this next phase of our journey!

Members of our Girls Leadership Initiative
Members of our Girls Leadership Initiative
Global girls in Pittsburgh programming
Global girls in Pittsburgh programming
Everyone plays at Open Field!
Everyone plays at Open Field!

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Sep 9, 2019

CameroonFDP is now Open Field!

Big Change Over the Summer!
Big Change Over the Summer!

As you may have noticed, we are sporting a brand-new name: Open Field. We’ve come a long way and grown so much since we began this journey as Cameroon Football Development Program in 2010. We’re excited to share this transformative time in our organization’s history with you and begin by saying THANK YOU for your support over the years!

It’s not just our name and logo that have changed, we have expanded our mission, improved our tag line, updated our website, and revamped our social media presence, all to better communicate our global mission to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport. 

So, what’s different? 

For the past 2.5 years, we focused on developing a Sport for Good model to scale and replicate in communities around the world. With continued support from the FIFA Foundation, we prioritized leadership training and skill-building experiences for older youth to serve as mentors and role models on and off the field to younger kids in their community. The result of this investment is a culturally-relevant and flexible approach to programming that is youth-led, community based, and ready to expand. 

Where are we going?

We launched our first U.S. program in Pittsburgh in June. Through collaboration with community-based organizations, our summer programming engaged more than 100 boys and girls ages 5-18 from all different backgrounds in low income neighborhoods across the city. Our Cameroon programming is expanding in two more cities thanks in part to a grant from the United Nations Development Program. Most recently, we signed a memorandum of understanding to explore expansion in another West African country. 

With your support we have made a positive impact in the lives of thousands of youth through the global game of soccer. Looking ahead, we are humbled and thrilled to continue to reach thousands more as Open Field. We welcome you on this next phase of our journey!

First cohort: Youth Leaders in Pittsburgh program
First cohort: Youth Leaders in Pittsburgh program
3rd Cohort: Youth Leaders in Cameroon
3rd Cohort: Youth Leaders in Cameroon
Girls league champs in Kumba!
Girls league champs in Kumba!

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May 9, 2019

20 Girls Join in Leadership Initiative Launch!

Girls in our office for the first workshop
Girls in our office for the first workshop

20 join in Girls Leadership Initiative Launch

Our team in Cameroon recently hosted a group of 20 young women from around the Kumba municipality who were selected as leaders and influencers among their peers to participate in a series of leadership training workshops and experiences throughout the year. After this initial training, they'll continue with peer educator training to become team captains, referees, and match delegates in the upcoming PLAY4PURPOSE Girls League. 

Mrs. Clarise Ngwane presented on topics related to leadership styles and skill sets, including finding your voice to be a leader among peers. Ms. Christy Anang facilitated the conversation around violence against women, an issue identified by our Director of Programs, Nenne Ekoi, as one of the most pressing issues affecting girls and young women in Cameroon. Two brave girls who have suffered as victims of sexual violence shared their stories with participants. While some participants were timid at first, by the end of the session many felt comfortable to engage in the dialogue about this important topic. The second half of the workshop opened up the conversation to be led by participants.

After separating into small working groups to dive deeper into related topics and issues, representatives from each one gave a report out and answered questions from the whole group.

Girls in Kumba are now eligible to register for the PLAY4PURPOSE Girls League that kicks off next month. While we will be watching the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France this summer, as Cameroon has qualified as one of the African teams, our real focus will be on the educational games happening on the ground in K-town! We hope to increase the number of participants in Kumba to more than 50 who participated last year and we're counting on our Girls Leadership Initiative participants to recruit their peers to make this our best PLAY4PURPOSE Girls League ever!!

Ms. Clarise Ngwane (presenter)
Ms. Clarise Ngwane (presenter)
Ms. Christy Anang (presenter)
Ms. Christy Anang (presenter)
Sharing what they learned with peers
Sharing what they learned with peers

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