Here For Good – Standard Chartered in Ghana

April 12, 2013. This week was a perfect score.  In 100˚F heat we worked with 100+ coaches at the Kaneshie Sports Complex in Accra, Ghana.  Despite the warm temperatures, the coaches were playful and enthusiastic as we learned games from the GOAL curriculum.  This curriculum, championed by Standard Chartered Bank, teaches young players, especially girls, four main themes: Be Healthy, Be Empowered, Be Yourself, and Be Money Savvy.  The Standard Chartered motto, “Here For Good”, perfectly states their mission to improve the communities in which they work.

IMG_0779This week’s collaboration between Coaches Across Continents, Standard Chartered Bank, Youth Icons, and the Ghana Football association highlighted what can be accomplished at the grass roots level through football.  GFA coaches Daniel Mensah and Carl Lokko helped to bring in over 100 youth coaches from the greater Accra region. These coaches came from a variety of backgrounds including former Black Stars (Ghana National Team), youth team coaches, and even some physical education teachers.  These coaches have pledged to CAC that they will teach these GOAL games and messages to their approximately 8,000 boys and girls players over the next year.

IMG_0688From the outset the coaches eagerly jumped into our soccer-based games, sometimes getting into great competition with each other.  Laughter and dust flew easily as the coaches put in a great effort into all of the games they learned.  It is clear that Ghana will continue to be a power in Africa on and off the field because of great coaches like these.  They are interested in making great footballers as well as great future citizens, and are the type of strong coach role models that are necessary to make this happen.  Next week the GOAL training will continue in Kumasi, Ghana, as we work for the first time in the Ashanti Region.

Over 100 coaches learned the GOAL program championed by Standard Chartered Bank

Over 100 coaches learned the GOAL program championed by Standard Chartered Bank

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