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FIFA Football for Hope Festival - here we come!
FIFA Football for Hope Festival - here we come!

Hello, our dear supporter!

Yet another update about the Football for Life Academy (FFLA) is here – so sit back, relax and enjoy the read as we sum up the most important news from the last 3 months.

 

All eyes on us as we prepare for the FIFA Football for Hope Festival

As we’ve already shared in our previous reports, the good portion of 2018 has so far been spent in sweet anticipation for the FIFA Football for Hope (FFH) Festival – an official event of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, during which, a FFLA delegation will represent the Philippines!

Of the 865 children who enrolled and completed the FFLA programme from 2016 to 2017, two female and two male players, alongside a youth leader, have been selected to travel to the festival in Russia. The FFH Festival will bring together 48 delegations from all over the world to gather in Moscow from 25 June – 05 July 2018, and will demonstrate to the football world, as well as to the general public, the impact that football can have in pursuing developmental goals such as education, health promotion, peace-building, social integration, and youth leadership.

Fingers crossed for a smooth trip and a meaningfully spent time in Moscow!

 

FundLife kicks-off a new financial literacy initiative for its coaches

In February, we kicked off a financial literacy initiative under the umbrella of the FFLA programme for our young mentors and community leaders. Dubbed the FundLife Savers Club, the project is designed to motivate FFLA coaches and mentors to be more responsible with their finances. 

Three months into the programme and we are happy to observe that the initiative is being appreciated by the participants. In fact, several of them have already started experimenting with saving. Kudos to you, and keep up the good work!

 

Cebu Thirsty Cup: our annual tradition

For the 4th time, FFLA sent girls’ and boys’ teams, headed by coaches Rhobs and John Rex to Cebu to compete in the football festival’s 15th edition. All 20 children who were selected to represent FFLA have never travelled outside of Leyte. And by taking these kids and letting them experience new places, meet new faces, and play outside their world, the programme opens their minds to the possibilities brought about by setting goals, working hard, and committing to achieve. Check photos here and some personal stories of our participants here.

 

First ever Summer Kickoff – why not!

We officially ushered in the summer months with a football tournament designed to promote play, camaraderie, teamwork, and unity. Also, to celebrate the achievements, lessons learned from failures, new friends gained, and new experiences earned over the past school year. 

Led by volunteer intern and Event Organizer, Doris Sassen from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), in partnership with FundLife International, the Summer Kickoff celebrated the start of the season by successfully bringing together 20 teams coming from different places and backgrounds, and with different experiences and stories to share.

Why don’t you check the post-tournament photos and infographic here.

 

Thank you for your continuous support!

Sincerely,

FundLife team

FFLA delegation: World Cup 2018, see you soon!
FFLA delegation: World Cup 2018, see you soon!
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Root for Life!
Root for Life!

Dear Football for Life Academy supporters! Greetings from the Philippines!

The last few months have been very busy. The main focus and our attention are being captured by the proof of concept within the partnership with the Department of Education Region VIIIwhich we signed in May 2017. Just to remind you briefly, we are delivering the F4LA (Football for Life Academy) curriculum in public school in Leyte. Three schools from Tanauan, Palo and San Joagin were selected for this pilot projects. More than 7 months into this project now, we have delivered a total of 924 sessions, directly engaging close to 865 children.

And great news: we have added one more school to the F4LA programme. Steadfast in our commitment to deliver experiential learning, through football, to schools and communities, we extended F4LA’s reach to the students and players of Sagkahan National High School (SNHS). Check this news out here.

More great news – we have launched the F4LA Classroom Sessions! Held first at the Tanauan School of Craftsmanship and Home Industries Campus last 12 January 2018, the Champions Classroom Sessions is designed to reinforce the values acquired on the field in a classroom setting. F4LA coaches take on the role of educators as they deliver experiential classroom learning sessions that underline and instill values to further support the players’ progress through soft-skills development and critical thinking. Through these sessions, they are encouraged to come up with problem-solving ideas to certain situations that they face in their communities.Learn more about this new platform here.

We have been also very active on the football pitch with different tournaments and community events! On November 18, 2017 we invited Students, Teachers and Parents to connect with F4LA during the 1st F4LA Interschool Cup at Leyte Sports Development Center in Tacloban City. 9 Teams from 5 F4L partner schools battled it out in the inaugural Inter-School Copa Leyte to showcase skills learnt over the first six months of the F4LA programme. This inter-school festival was organized to foster and strengthen the unity and friendship among the players as well provide a platform for their commitment. The F4L coach for the day, John Rex Acuin, has keenly reminded the participants to do their best, to play fair and to have fun. After his keynotes, the children have joyfully preceded to the warm-up exercises led by Jason Arroyo of Arsenal in the Community. Read more about this beautiful day which Department of Education helped to make possible here.

Oh, and, lest we forget (we won’t) – a shout-out to Arsenal in the Community! This partnership has been nothing short of amazing for all of us – the FundLife team, the children enrolled into the programme, and the extended communities. The recently concluded Arsenal in the Community Cup (our fun snaps this way), held last 10 February 2017, is just one of the many amazing collaborations with us that opens up amazing opportunities and experiences to the children we nurture. Your drive, energy, and passion is so contagious that it fuels us to go even further. Arsenal guys, if you are reading this – please know that you absolutely rock! Check out some photos on our F4LA FB page and FundLife FB page for yourself and see what keeps Arsenal youth coaches busy!

Another important process we have just accomplished in FundLife – we have revamped our accounting and financial systems. How did that happen? First, we got an amazing professional accounting guru volunteering 3 months of her time, courtesy of Accounting for International Development (UK) – Marie Chadburn, FCCA. Not only she brought our accounting methods to the 21st century’s standards (yes, guys, we have an online accounting system and it absolutely rocks!), but she has also patiently brushed through our organization’s financial, HR, procurement policies and made a ton of useful suggestions. Furthermore, she spent a lot of time with our coaches training them on financial literacy. Marie, you are our Hero! Thank you for the time and for relentless fight you put to make us do good better – we want more

Finally… Just can’t keep the excitement – so here it goes! The news we’ve been keen to share with you in detail is… our participation in FIFA Football for Hope Festival! Hello Russia! Hello World Cup 2018! FundLife has been selected to officially represent Football4Good movement during the FIFA Football for Hope Festival on June 25-July 5 and we have no words to describe the honour we feel about this nomination!

So, stay tuned and next time we will present to you our deserving delegation!

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3rd place: Best Youth Development Programme
3rd place: Best Youth Development Programme

Dear friends and supporters,

The last few months were full of good news! Please spare a few minutes to learn about our progress.

Last time, we mentioned that one of our Football for Life (F4L) coaches – Reuben Ranille – was selected for the Michael Johnson Young Leaders 2017 programme which took place in Dallas, USA, in June. Please read the full report on his life-changing trip here. Watch out: a super motivational read is ahead! A special mention to Coaches Across Continents (CAC) for working very hard to make this happen!

Speaking of CAC, on August 21-25 they hosted yet another seminar for our F4L coaches. Read the feedback of the seminar participants here. Kudos to CAC coaches Charlie and Prateek for a wonderful seminar. We can’t be grateful enough to CAC for sticking around, believing in us and helping us grow.

F4L was again invited to the annual Leyte Interschool Invitational Sports League which ran from August-September 2017. Three F4L teams were registered to participate, one each under the U12 Mixed, U15 Boys, and U15 Girls categories. Our teams competed in the football division for two months, playing seven Saturdays, with one or two games played each weekend until the Championship. F4L joined specifically to give players the opportunity to play with children from private schools, as opposed to the usual community teams they play with. As expected of their hard work, persistence, and dedication to their training, all teams of F4L proudly made it to the Finals last 30 September 2017, with the U12 Mixed Team, U15 Boys, and U15 Girls earning 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Champions, respectively. Check out some photos here.

As we reported earlier, last May 2017, FundLife signed a partnership with the Department of Education Region VIII, which allowed the organization to introduce and deliver its F4L Academy curriculum to public schools in Leyte. Three schools from Tanauan, Palo, and San Joaquin, Leyte were selected as pilot schools, and they started testing the programme at the beginning of this academic school year. Four months into it, F4LA has successfully delivered a total of 70 sessions, directly engaging close to 200 children. As a result of the F4LA pilot, teachers have already expressed how the programme has been positively affecting the students’ behaviour, both in and outside of class. They have commented on how it has also fostered friendship and a sense of community, as the programme is inclusive of children from across ages, classes, and genders. Students who are engaged in the programme have also shown an increase in attendance in their classes. What a start! Get a better glimpse of F4LA here.

Finally, a sweet news which came in just a few days ago: our F4L Academy programme has just been awarded BRONZE by SPIA ASIA in the category “Best Youth Development Programme of the Year”. What a way to conclude the 3rd quarter!


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Smiling faces during Sama-Sama Games
Smiling faces during Sama-Sama Games

Dear Supporter,

Greetings from the Philippines! 

Firstly, thank you to our existing supporters for the continuous support of the "Football for Life Academy" project! And a welcome to our new supporters receving our update for the first time - your trust and commitment is invalable to our progress!

We are excited to share with you some news and recent developments that have happened between May - August 2017. If you would like to see additional information on our work, we strongly encourage that you visit www.fundlife.org/news and like our FundLife Facebook page and our F4L Facebook Page!

Before then, we hope you will enjoy reading about our latest round of big achievements - Enjoy;


San Joaquin Football Festival 2017

On 29-30 April 2017, Football for Life took part in the San Joaquin Football Festival organized by the San Joaquin FC in San Joaquin Elementary School in Palo Leyte. Altogether, F4L entered six teams under the U13 Mix, U15 Boys, and U17 Girls categories, with players chosen from 9 the sites we handle across Tacloban. Opportunities were given to those who showed outstanding performance, but more importantly, commitment to attending our regular sessions and activities. For a full write-up and lots of pictures, please click here

UNITY AND OPPORTUNITY || 6th Sama-Sama Games

“We are all one.”

This is the main message FundLife International aims to deliver in its annual football event, the Sama-Sama Games. Now on its 6th year of celebrating unity through diversity, the games specifically targeted to give opportunities to players from disadvantaged communities. It took place in Tacloban City on 24 June for the U12 Mixed, U14 Boys, and U17 Girls Categories, and on 01 July 2017 for the Men’s and Women’s Open Categories.

This year, FundLife International partnered with Globe Telecom Inc. (Republika ng TM), to organize the event, in conjunction with their programme TM Football Para Sa Bayan (FPSB), which also aims to deliver and use football as a tool to empower underprivileged youth. They are also in search of two young players - a boy and a girl from the U12 and U14 categories – from across the Philippines to send to Malaysia for an Advanced Football Training Programme, in partnership with Malaysian counterpart, Astro Malaysia

In total, over 100 F4L players were given a chance to play in this marque event at one of Tacloban's premier sporting venues. You can watch a special event video here or read the complete write up here.

FundLife International Signs Partnership with the Department of Education!

Off-the-field, there were also significant developments, as FundLife signed an MOU with DepEd to work with underfunded schools in Region 8. The partnership with DepEd will allow FundLife to deliver its highly specialized and award-winning Football for Life (F4L) programme across public schools in Leyte. F4L is an  informal and experiential learning programme that combines football and positive values formation to support junior high-school students to achieve both football and education excellence. It is completely unique, wherein it uses football as a tool for sporting, and for personal and educational development. You can read the full article here.

FundLife International Joins AYLA-Leyte for Project Bisog!

FundLife International joins AYLA-PH Leyte’s Project Bisog in promoting awareness in HIV infection and prevention thru an educational football session last June 10, 2017 in Brgy. 97 covered court. Project Bisog is a community-based, family-oriented health program promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health focusing on HIV prevention. 

FundLife International helped establish AYLA-PH Leyte thru its Going Places program last May 2016. The program capacitated the pioneering members of the local chapter through various activities such as community immersions, skills development workshop, and advocacy setting sessions. Since its establishment, FundLife continues to support AYLA-PH Leyte by linking the organization to various opportunities and providing assistance to its programs, especially Project Bisog. ~
 
For more of Project Bisog, visit facebook.com/projectbisog or view the complete article here.

These are just some of the highlights in recent months as we continue to work with over 500 children each week. Ahead of us lies challenging and exciting times as we continue to develop and deliver our curriculum across public schools.

We look forward to sending you the next update in a few months and thank you once again for your continued support and trust! 

Kids watching on during San Joaquin Festival
Kids watching on during San Joaquin Festival
Congratulations to Coach Reuben!
Congratulations to Coach Reuben!
Girls team with 'We are all One' Sign
Girls team with 'We are all One' Sign
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Strategizing! (photo by M.Inocando)
Strategizing! (photo by M.Inocando)

Greetings from the Philippines!

Thank you for the continuous support of the "Football for Life Academy" project! We would like to share with you some news and recent developments which have taken place in the last few months.

As the tradition goes, in February we took our most committed children to the Thirsty Cup in the City of Cebu. Once again it became a journey of life for many Football for Life participants. Not only the trip resulted in various friendships formed with fellows from all over the Philippines, it also triggered new dreams and ambitions among our children.

Same month, we finalized our membership in the world-wide streetfoorballworld network. It is a network of like-minded organizations which use football as a tool to drive social change in their respective communities. Ever since becoming a part of this great group, we have been able to enrich our knowledge and awareness about how football can change lives and give hope. Please check our network profile here.

In March, together with Arsenal in the Community – whose youth coaches (so called “gappers”) we were hosting for the 2nd time – we organized the 1st leg of Copa Tacloban 2017. This event culminated a fantastic 10 weeks that saw “gappers” Coach Andy and Coach Tom join us in Tacloban. Check the photos of the Copa here. Perhaps, you would also like to read Coach Andy’s blog where he shares his Football for Life experience!

Same month, we took part in Regional PUMA Se7ens Cup. It was a great opportunity for all our children, especially those in the U15 Girls and Women’s Team categories, as they were crowned regional champions. Read Laica, our Football for Life participant, sharing her thoughts and impressions of the Cup here!

In April, we were approached by Horizon Sport residing in France, who wanted to explore the impact of our project. Their team traveled to the Philippines and documented our work in a wonderful video which tells a story of our youth football coach Reuben Ranille, who overcame a lot of hardships and came to be a role model, a hero, for the children he coaches.

Same month, our community teams participated in Hyundai Cup 2017 – which turned out to be a great day for everyone. Our girls showed admirable teamwork, and the boys – the youngest and smallest ones from our teams – amazed us all, as they showed a strong front, even against players almost twice their size. Check out the photos from the Cup here. April concluded with San Joaquin Football Festival 2017 (check out some photos here). What a month! Full of true celebration of life, happiness and childhood!

The month of May, perhaps, has been the most fantastic month of all! Not only we welcomed the 3rd (!) batch of Arsenal in the Community youth coaches – Esther and Joe (guess “gappers” like our programme, after all), but also shaped a path to two new wonderful partnerships!

First of all, we received an endorsement of the Philippine Department of Education which highly evaluated the impact of our work and impressed willingness to explore a joint effort in the future.

Also, we joined hands with PANDOO Foundation, in order to pilot Football for Life project in the most marginalized communities of the City of Cebu. This is a strategic move for our organization as it means expansion and replication of the Football for Life project model – which brings us a step closer to the desired scalability. The pilot has been successfully running in Cebu for a month now, and we are exploring how we will build a strong base there. This project will be the main focus of our work and effort in the upcoming months. Read more about this exciting project expansion here.

So, as you see – a lot of exciting work is ahead and we are fully ready to immerse into it! Stay tuned and with the next report learn who of our coaches is going to the USA and why, how our Champions Curriculum is coming along, and what SATUC Cup is all about!

Happy Together (photo by M.Inocando)
Happy Together (photo by M.Inocando)

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