Children
 Cameroon
Project #17625

Soccer League for 5,000 Youth in Cameroon

by Cameroon Football Development Program
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Girls line up before kick off
Girls line up before kick off
Thank you for your support of our project in 2016!! We finished the year in the best way we possibly could: with a regional girls soccer championship. GBHS KOSALA girls team from Kumba took the Cup after a hard-fought victory over Santos FC of Mamfe in a game that ended with a score 4-2. The Super Cup to Empower Women, our second edition of the event that is becoming an annual tradition, was a success!
The theme for the entire tournament (stretching back several weeks) was empowering women beyond traditional roles.The event was made possible with local support from the Ministry of Sport and Physical Education, as the Divisional Delegate was present to show his support.
Music was booming as a journalist gave the play-by-play over the loudspeaker and girls from other teams were around the sidelines cheering on their peers. The atmosphere was unlike any other I have ever experienced at a youth soccer match in Cameroon.
After the game, girls headed back to their hotel to clean up before lunch and then we packed 80+ folks (coaches, referees, and players) into 2 buses and headed to Limbe to watch the final match in the group stage of the Africa Womens Cup of Nation. 
Our girls were so impressed with the stadium and the opportunity to watch Nigeria - the best female football team in Africa for the past decade - play in their home country. They were inspired by the 4 brilliant goals Nigeria scored to Kenya's 0 and will have stories to tell for many years to come.
All of the girls from both Kumba and Mamfe arrived safely home after a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Some of the delegation watching on the sidelines
Some of the delegation watching on the sidelines
Drinking water at halftime
Drinking water at halftime
Kumba girls raise the championship cup!
Kumba girls raise the championship cup!
Our girls at the Africa Women Cup of Nations game
Our girls at the Africa Women Cup of Nations game

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Teams have fun on and off the field!
Teams have fun on and off the field!

GBHS Kosala Girls faced off against Legend FC Girls this past Sunday at Government Practicing School in Kumba Town in a beautiful game witnessed by all those who attended from within the Kumba municipality. While Legend FC opened scoring with a very spectacular goal from a girl called Rhoda, they could not contain the pressure from the much-better opponent. The eager GBHS Kosala girls team imposed their talent on the ladies of Legend FC, beating them 2-1 at full time. The topic of the day was based on Setting Goals: how young people can be objective in setting and achieving their goals.

We spoke with Rhoda after the match and she shared her dream to become a professional footballer in future. "My goal in the future is to play football at the highest level. I understand that is difficult in my coutry, so I must continue my studies with a focus in the college of science, but also want to continue training because I love football. I appreciate the CameroonFDP coaches because they believe in us and our ability to achieve our goals."

Thanks to all of our supporters who have supported our educational football leagues over the last few years. Because of our support, we have been able to expand our offering to boys AND girls leagues in two communities: Kumba AND Mamfe. 

Coach Caroline talks strategy with the girls
Coach Caroline talks strategy with the girls
Referees quiz players to see what they learned!
Referees quiz players to see what they learned!
Girls inspire peers through motivational messages
Girls inspire peers through motivational messages

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Waiting to begin the match
Waiting to begin the match

A lot has been happening since the last update for our project here at CameroonFDP!

Most recently we held the Kumba Youth League Championship on Saturday, May 28th. The epic event, which celebrated gender equity, brought together stakeholders from across the community. The championship put U-14 boys from two teams, Legend FC and Wumjeck FC, to the test to see who could not only win the game, but more importantly, demonstrate all they had learned over the last season about respecting girls and treating them as equals. These were just some of the highlights related to the curriculum about gender equity that was inerwoven into the soccer competitions throughout the season. The lessons the boys learned before the final championship game were shared with the spectators crowded around the sidelines to watch, through the motivational statements read aloud by coaches and players alike. Legend FC came out victorious in the end with the final score being 1-0. We look forward to the next tournament!

Coach Kingsley, of Legend FC, expressed his sheer joy and elation when reflecting on the final win of the season, noting that it was the icing on the cake, but he is most impressed with the improved behavior and attitudes of his players both on and off the field.

This month we are busy preparing for the arrival of trainers from Coaches Across Continents who will run a week long clinic for about 50 coaches in Kumba. Our management team is recruiting young leaders to join in our efforts to impact lives through soccer!

We thank you for your continued support of our organization as we work to empower and educate our Kumba youth players with the life skills, leadership, and gender equity that helps to improve quality of life for Cameroon youth and the community. 

Coaches with donated equipment
Coaches with donated equipment
Excited Kumba Youth Players!
Excited Kumba Youth Players!
Referees quiz players to see what they learned!
Referees quiz players to see what they learned!
Babila, center, with teammates
Babila, center, with teammates

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

Having fun on the sidelines
Having fun on the sidelines
Clearing the school yard - service project
Clearing the school yard - service project
Killian preparing the field
Killian preparing the field
All teams won local qualifiers earlier in 2015
All teams won local qualifiers earlier in 2015

The first group of players and coaches arrived in the parking lot at the Blue Pearl Hotel at Mile 4 - Nkwen on the morning of Thursday, August 6th. The coach and team, which consisted of five  players selected to represent their club, Brescia F.C. and the whole city of Kumba, made the journey via public transportation without any troubles, aside from a bumpy ride and police control points which forced occupants off the bus for identification checks. “Bamenda by Night”, as the locals call it, is an overnight bus ride taking more than 10 hours to travel 400 kilometers on both paved and unpaved roads through the Cameroonian jungle of the Southwest and into the grasslands of the Northwest Region. The weary travelers had only enough energy for a breakfast of tea and bread before they retired to their hotel rooms for some rest. They had finally arrived in Bamenda, the host city of the 2015 Super Cup to Develop Young Leaders.

The morning of Friday, August 7th began bright and early with the crow of the rooster and the rising sun. After a light breakfast, everyone headed to the field. Co-founders Peter Ngwane [Cameroon] and Justin Forzano [Pittsburgh] were on site to give a great welcome and words of encouragement to all of the participants, who were reminded that this event was a great achievement and represented the next level of sport for development in Cameroon.

With the group stage came a downpour of rain. Despite the muddy playing grounds, four teams emerged to enter the semi finals and finally the two clubs involved with CameroonFDP the longest, Brescia F.C. (Kumba) and Shalom Future Stars Academy, emerged victorious to meet in the finals.

Both teams stood in line in front of the honorable delegation from the Northwest Region who gathered under the canopy to watch the final match. This was their opportunity to showcase what they had learned from their coaches earlier about the theme of the Super Cup. Spectators listened as players read ‘motivational statements’ about the importance of being a good role model; how community service can improve a neighborhood; and how as footballers specially selected to participate in this event, they are leaders. Many in the audience listened and reflected on the meaning of the Super Cup. It was clear to all that this was about more than the game.


Want to find out who won the cup and what happens next? Check out the full story on our website

Two teams stand with referee before kick off!
Two teams stand with referee before kick off!
Reading of Motivational Statement before kick off
Reading of Motivational Statement before kick off
Champions raise the Cup!
Champions raise the Cup!
Soccer is about more than a game!
Soccer is about more than a game!

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Cameroon Football Development Program

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cameroonfdp.org
Project Leader:
Justin Forzano
CEO
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States

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