I am on my way to Africa to meet with partners.

It is never easy leaving family & friends at home. Thankfully 2 friends are coming along.

 

Future footballers in South Africa

The focus of the trip will be to meet with new & old friends & partners & see some projects & scout for new opportunities. Hopefully one of the practical outcomes will be to find out what is working & what isn’t.

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It is always good to be with partners face to face on the ground where we can share a coffee or meal, talk, listen, encourage & learn from one another as we work together to help children play.

Here is a great update from one of our partners in Egypt:

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We run two soccer academies. One is in a particular local community and was started 15 years ago. Because of the audience we are able to do lots of leadership training both with the players and parents. Our soccer academies have expanded to seven cities around the country and have approximately 5,000 participants each year. Most age groups meet twice per week in the summer and range between 5-21 years old.

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Our other academy is open to everyone. It is in its third summer and currently has close to 100 participants. We combine training with character and value lessons and provide a leadership development training. This academy meets three times per week in the summer (twice per week in the winter). Our goal with this academy is to enter the competitive league later this year with selected players which will increase our scope and influence.

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We want to influence whole families and one of our strategies is to organize father/child matches. Most fathers spend the majority of their time out of the home and don’t have strong relationships with their children. These matches (and the father/child camp we run) help foster better relationships.

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May of our players tell us they notice a difference in the atmosphere of our academy compared to others they have attended. They recognize we care about them as more than just athletes. One mother told us she thanks God all the time that she found our academy for her daughter because we have been such a good influence on her.

Thank you for helping to resource our academies. You have helped us get closer to our goal of having one ball for every athlete during practice.

Ball Project is grateful for our partners around the world encouraging & impacting families & communities as they help children play.

 

Here is an encouraging update about the mountain biking program from one of our partners, Prochorus,  in South Africa:

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Some of the things I can mention about our Jonkershoek Cycling Project, is that I am glad to see our cycling project leader having a really deep connection with the kids on the team. He understands them so well and connects on a very personal level with their circumstances and can therefore align his life lessons and mentoring to be extremely relevant.

We are very glad to have a strong group of girls participating (varying between 6 and 10). We have a very special lady volunteer that does a lot of effort with them and mentors them on a deep level. Besides the cycling training and skills sessions, she has a mentoring group where they discuss things on a more focused and personal level.

The whole team consists of about 18-20 kids, but the quality of influence and leadership is excellent.

We are very grateful for the support from Ball Project. Thank you!

Ball Project supports lots of different kinds of community based sports & fitness program to  equip coaches & to community leaders to help children play & achieve their full potential.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the world working through sports & games to help children play.

Help children play

“Give me a ball and I’ll have a thousand kids chasing after it.” –Solomon, Kenya

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