July 5, 2013. Returning to Nairobi, Coaches across Continents partnered with Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) for a special 4th year in large part because of their outstanding commitment to sport for social impact. Because of this, many of the 75 coaches we worked with were returning participants. Does this mean we repeated the same stuff from last year? Nope. CAC brought with them a smorgasbord of new games. Because most of these coaches were high quality footballers, our games were successfully tested and stretched to accommodate their skill.
We also had a Coaches Across Continents first when a VAP coach, Oppo, decided it was time for an ice cream break and snuck off, during the middle of a game. Needless to say, this sparked a daily tradition of grabbing a Toffee Choco Delight from the passing ice-cream wagon after each session.
Wednesday afternoon brought Meg and Charlie to a local school where one of our hosts, Hussein Habib, has been running an all-girls team, the Golden Angels, since 2006. The 15 year old girls were a pleasure to work with. They had not only mastered many of the nuances of the game, but their skill and problem solving ability easily rivaled the adult coaches in our regular sessions.
It was an excellent continuation of our partnership with VAP and a heck of a start to the next 5 weeks of CAC working in Kenya with AJ, Charlie, and Meg. On to Marsabit and HODI!