June 29th, 2010.
Thanks to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Coaches across Continents was able to supply football shirts to four programs in Kenya and one in Uganda.
The shirts were collected from the memorial at St James’s Park and Sir Bobby’s wife contacted Coaches across Continents to ask whether we could give the shirts to new local coaches, community leaders and children at our programs. Sir Bobby was a big spokesperson for Coaches across Continents and listened with enthusiasm to the stories of how football was used for social development.
We were delighted to have been chosen by the Foundation to receive the shirts and to be able to distribute them in Africa. Local coaches who trained with our program in Eastlands, Kibera, Oyugis, Kisumu and PaderTown received the shirts upon completion of training in coaching football for life skills for children. The shirts will help coaches work with more than 20,000 children.
More than 50 local coaches in Kisumu, Kenya trained with Coaches across Continents for 50 hours, learning new games and new styles for teaching children.
“Being able to give the local coaches a football shirt at the end of the training was an amazing gesture. To see the pride in their faces as they put on the shirts that were donated by fans all over England and then to hear the story of one of Englands’ greatest ever coaches gave all the local volunteers even more enthusiasm to go out and influence the lives of the children in the community. The spirit of Sir Bobby is still playing on the fields in Africa” Coach Anna.
Coaches across Continents programs are on going in July in Uganda and South Africa and later this year in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
Check out: http://coachesacrosscontinents.com/Coaches/index_E.html for some great stories from our coaches in the field.