“Spirit of Soccer” Cambodia Project


The Spirit of Soccer project was founded in 1996 and is still going strong to this day.The organisation has had immense success for 2 decades in which they have touched the hearts of tens of thousands of children and families in Cambodia.

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Landmine Clearance

The Civil war in Cambodia lasted nearly three decades where Landmines were placed in populated areas which posed a huge risk to the local populace to maximize human damage.Over 40,000 Cambodians are missing a body part in which 40% are young victims.It remains one of the worlds most heavily mined areas.The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) have stated that it would take 100 years to clear the region.

There may be as many as four-to-six million mines and unexploded ordinances in Cambodia and, according to estimates, at the present rate it would take 100 years to clear them all.

yd3l_ayzThe Philosophy of the project is to educate children about the dangers of land mines and to raise the awareness of the dangerous consequences of war especially surrounding the ERW (Explosive Remnants of War) in post conflict regions. The program expanded to Cambodia after successful projects in Bosnia & Herzegovina where for ten years they worked to reach the same goals.

The success is easy to quantify in the amount of participants and children they have reached as in 2006 alone they reached 22,000 children and over 80,000 altogether which educated them on the risks and prevention methods of Land Mines which is a huge number to reach for a project of this type.One of the many impressive elements to this story is that they use football education to spread the message which allows for other benefits such as keeping the children off the streets, reducing crime and enhancing the prevention of drug abuse.

The group has also impacted strongly in funding in the region having donated thousands of footballs and equipment whilst also delivering thousands of sessions ,advice and coaching methodology per year to the youth of Cambodia.

 

Dream Big …. Football Changing Lives for Hope

Through Football for Hope’s support, Spirit of Soccer has been able to expand its activities in Cambodia to other affected regions of the country and to reach over 20.000 children per year on the dangers posed by land mines – FIFA

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Map showing ERW contamination in Cambodia

Touching Story- A Teenage Goalkeeper Rising Above Bullies


Goalkeeper Dan Cui has a story that rises above bullies.A Goalkeeper playing above his age group was made a scapegoat for a schools horrendous form and what happened next with a little help from his friends and Facebook he got his confidence back and became a star and had his moment of glory by helping the school finally secure victory with a sensational last minute save.

Cui, in actuality, isn’t a bad goalie, but he was playing above his age and his confidence had taken a bit of a beating from class mates calling him names such as the “Worst Goalie Ever.” Some of Cui’s teammates, however, came to his defence, using Facebook to fight the cyberbullying. They found a good picture of Cui making a save and posted it as their Facebook profile picture. More and more people from Cui’s school joined in and soon more than 100 students had liked, commented, or changed their pics to Cui’s save.

Inspiring Story of Panyee FC In Thailand And The Power Of Football


I had heard of Panyee FC before and was aware that they overcame great adversity and poverty to achieve their goals but after I watched this awe-inspiring video I was truly moved and I think anyone and all children should be shown this video to highlight what true determination is and to inspire and motivate them.

The children showed incredible will to overcome the barriers of participation to sport and are a credit to Youth Sport, a perfect example that football has the power to change lives, communities and as a tool to bring hope is immeasurable.

Panyee FC are now famous around the world and are one of the best clubs in Thailand winning various trophies and honours, with top quality training facilities all floating on their river village community.