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Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Ukraine:

team 2018

3 years ago we gathered soccer team of boys of 10 years old. One season we had only practices without games. Next year we participated in league and had 18 games. We lost all 18 games, conceded 102 goals and scored 11. Guys were frustrated but didn’t give up in football. Before next season, we gathered the team and had team talk about goal setting, that it is important for everyone and for team to set up goal and try to achieve it. So we encourage them to set up goals for next season in 3 areas of their lives – at family, at school, at football team. So 2 goals were about individual areas, and 1 goal was about team. And we asked them to write those goals to remember it. But we asked them what goal as a football team you set up together. So guys were talking – we want to win 1 game and 1 draw. We said it is good that you set up such goal but we sure, that you can achieve more so encourage them to lift up expectations of themselves. So guys set up new goal – win 2 games and 2 draws next season. After that every week we had team talk session where we studied book “Pyramid of Success” of John Wooden. So every week we learnt together about hard work, about motivation, about optimism etc. In the end of the season we had 10 games where we won 5, had 3 draws and only lost 2 games. Team went to the final of 8 and finally we became 6th (among 32 teams in that season in different groups).

2018 team play
Another thing. At our academy we have not very strong and skillful players. Skillful players first go to another public soccer schools with better sport infrastructure. But we have younger coaches that love kids and try to teach them football and life skills, and during the process the players improve themselves and become better players.

Not long ago in the city was tournament among public schools. And it was big final where played 6 schools. There was for first time school #20 which is small school and they newer been in that final stage. But last time they got there – because 90% of their players is going to our football academy. So it is sign to us and to players that despite on lack on infrastructure, lack of “very professional” coaches we are able to make children better. Another fact that among 6 teams, 4 teams’s captains was also from our academy. That shows to children and their parents that at our academy children learn not only football, but leadership as well.

We are thankful to supporters of Ball Project for your help in our work. Thank you for your impact through balls and equipment that help us to continue our work with children.

team talk in stadium 2018

It is wonderful to see Coach John Wooden‘s wisdom to continue to impact new generations around the world.

Ball Project is grateful for our partners like Standard Sport working hard  & working faithfully to train coaches, mentor children & help children play.

Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Ukraine:

Football Academy of Standard relaunched in october 2016. During 2016 we had only U12-13 team, with 17 players. Since October 2016 we have 4 more teams. Now we have U4-5, U6-7, U8-9, U10-11 with 12-14 players in each group and of course U12-13.

During the summer we had John Wooden study “Pyramid of success” with our U12-13 players. Here is some feedback from mother of one player: “Hi! I would like to say thanks for recommending the Football Club Standard for my son. My boy is delighted with the practices and the life skills lessons. During the whole summer my son went to Rivne 5 times per week, spending 2 hours traveling. I would not say that my son was a problem child. But now he is totally different. He is calm, confident, organized, doing school homework very quickly. He is very worried about his school assessment as coaches said that players with bad school grades won’t be allowed participate in competitions. His teachers in the school are asking – “What did you do with this boy during this summer? He is totally different person. He has become one of the best in the class as a human being and a good pupil.” Thank you very much!”

It is great to hear such feedback from parents.

We are thankful to Ball Project for partnership during last few years!

What a fantastic story of transformation & the power of play!

John Wooden said, “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

Indiana’s own John Wooden was an amazing coach & amazing person.

Ball Project is grateful for our partners around the world having success by working hard 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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