“Cascade Training” in collaboration with British Council India.

Slum soccer in partnership with British Council India, conducted a “Cascade Training” in order to see how the premier skills trained coaches are working to develop grassroots football in India.

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Conducted on 18th September at Astroturf ground in Worli, Mumbai, a total of 60 children of two different aged group (U-14 & above 18) participated in the training. Two of our coaches who attended Premier skills in 2017 and 2018 led the activities.

During the training the children experienced an intense football practice focused on fundamental such as passing, controlling, teamwork, and dribbling along with fun activities which children enjoyed a lot.

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The training was conducted considering the concept Smile(S- safe, M-maximum participation, I- Inclusion L- learning, E-enjoyment), child protection, age-appropriate coaching, and safe environment for children, all taken from their Premier skills training in Mumbai.

The chairman of the British Council India, Christopher Rodrigues and Helen Silvester observed the coaches in action.

 

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Edukick Baby League 2018!

Winning isn’t everything, but the desire to win is. Edukick Football Tournament was organised on 13th October, in Khatija Bai School, Kamptee, with the objective of bringing the attention of girls towards sports as a medium of achieving physical fitness.baby league image Kamptee is one of the largest Muslim dominated communities in Nagpur. Girls here do not receive  equal opportunities, therefore, mostly they find themselves dependent, physically unfit and unaware about their importance of health and rights. Due to the lack of necessary support from their community and even their parents, these girls can be seen lagging far behind.baby league One of the participants, Naima Fatma, aged 13, said that she was playing football for the first time in her life. She is not allowed to play as her parents never encouraged her for sports. She enjoyed the matches. “Some people think it’s strange for girls to play football,” she adds, “But why should only boys have all the fun always?”

baby league 2The tournament facilitated all girls teams to play and enjoy their day. Although it was their first tournament, none of the matches finished goalless. In the finals, Dream Girls managed to beat Bazega by 2-1 to be crowned as victorious. As prizes, boxes of pencils and textbooks were distributed to the winning team.

Wash United’s visit to Menstrual Hygiene Management Program

India is home to the world’s highest number of 10 to 24-year-olds with an estimated population of 356 million. Around half of these adolescents are females and reside mainly in rural areas. They are unable to play or even leave their houses during their menstruation. Not allowed to attend their schools in those days, the education of these girls face serious threats and subsequently, their future opportunities. Because of these problems, there is a rise in social and health issues such as child marriage and early pregnancy. Therefore it becomes of upmost importance to educate adolescent girls about menstruation hygiene as it can bring substantial long-term returns in the form of better economic growth of the society, reduced child marriages, delayed early-pregnancies, increase in well-being of young women and fostering democracy.

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Slum Soccer collaborated with WASH United (a non-profit German organization that works to end the global sanitation and hygiene crisis by making toilets and good hygiene “cool” and “sexy”) to spread awareness amongst school girls about menstrual health and its effects through the project, Menstruation Hygiene Management, across 20 municipal schools of Nagpur.

Two weekly sessions are conducted in the selected schools that included specially designed games based on the taboo topic of Menstrual Hygiene. Case studies, created by WASH United, are also used to serve the purpose. Through this unique project, we have reach out to adolescent girls and enabled them to play, laugh and break the taboos they encounter during their periods.

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The project has brought notable outcomes and promises to create a long-lasting impact on participating girls and schools as well. To acknowledge the work of all the coaches, and to discuss and review the guidelines, Sören Bruhn (Co-founder, WASH United), Jasmin Shah (Senior partnership manager) and Kinjal Sharma (Trainer & MHM guide) visited the live program on 11th and 12th of October.  Sören Bruhn, along with two other members of WASH United, interacted with the Slum Soccer coaches to understand the progress and closely see the challenges being faced by them and the girls, during the program sessions.

To practically see it, they visited about four schools and witnessed how the guidelines are being implemented in the schools and how it is helping girls to learn about menstruation and go about the taboos and stigmas. During their visit, they observed the sessions and helped the coaches to improve their coaching style so as to make the sessions more engaging and effective.

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On the second day, WASH United team appreciated the hard work the coaches were putting in to help girls in their community in achieving their rights and breaking down the taboos and stigmas. Then the coaches were suggested the areas of coaching they can improve and methods for different subjects. Later, the entire team planned their further activities and discussed how the society should understand the feelings and needs of young girls during their menstrual periods.

 

 

Communal Harmony Cup 2018

India is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations in the world, people often surround themselves and live with members of the same ethnical group, thereby creating gaps amongst society. We attempted to reduce this gap by assigning people of different faith to the same team.

This year, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 149th birthday, we organized “Communal Harmony Cup”. The two basic pillars of Gandhism are truth and non-violence and Gandhiji always believed that these two factors can help India progress.

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Teams from different religion dominated areas were invited to Slum Soccer Academy in Bokhara, Nagpur. The event was started with team redistribution such that every player of each team was from the different religious background. After the team distribution, the teams were tasked to design a flag for their own team.

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“They might be from different religions and from different backgrounds, but they are united by the will to address issues they face on daily basis through football”, said Abhijeet Barse, CEO, Slum Soccer.

The team names were finalized as DDSYS, All FC, Black Tigers, DFC, Gandhi Boys, Super Strikers, M-Clan and Sinners FC.

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The tournament was played on Round Robin format. DDSYS, DFC, Sinners FC and M–Clan succeeded in making their way to Semi-Finals. The aim of the tournament was not just to play football, but to develop respect for each other’s culture, religion and belief. Sinners FC and DFC turned out to be the top two teams as they entered finals. Eventually, Sinners FC outplayed DFC to emerge as the champions of the tournament.

Kit distribution to Shakti Girls.

On September 21, we organised an event at Slum Soccer Academy, Nagpur, where 8 schools participating in our Shakti Girls Program, came together to play a tournament.

The Shakti Girls Program targets girls growing up in marginalized communities. Most of them are not supported by their families or schools. Our program gave these girls a chance to kick the ball for the first time, even though their parents have been against it, the major reason is that their families and schools cannot afford to buy them proper football kits. Because of the pure and unconditional desire of the girls to play football, Slum Soccer donated them football equipment, which helps them upgrade their skills and play more enthusiastically.

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As a part of our training sessions executed in these schools, our Coaches have been realising that these girls were lacking training outfits to guarantee an optimal involvement. The reason why these kids are lacking good training equipment is that most of them have been growing up in marginalised families and with bare-minimum resources, they couldn’t afford it. That’s why Slum Soccer, in collaboration with Temasek, offered the Shakti girls brand new training equipment, consisting of kits and other needfuls.

Our coaches observed that the girls attending our football practices always leave the ground with a big smile on their faces.  Having fun while playing football surely promotes learning and dealing with the problems they face on a regular basis.

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Each team played two matches, which led to more enthusiasm and energy. The purpose of the tournament was to have fun to play football, which was successfully achieved. Even though there were some girls who played for the first time and did not even have some proper shoes to play, the fun of the tournament was never compromised in any way.

As a bonus, the CEO of Slum Soccer, Dr Abhijeet Barse, came for the closing ceremony and distributed the prizes to them, which have been sponsored by Temasek. After the ceremony, the girls and teachers were extremely delighted because now they would be able to execute proper training sessions in the future. Also, the other schools which were not able to come would be happy to know that they will receive the training equipment in the upcoming days. This event has been a great success, which truly reciprocated the spirit of Slum Soccer.

 

 

India is one of the most religious and ethical diverse nations in the world. People often are surrounded and live together with members of the same ethnical group which slowly increases the gap amongst the society. We are trying to bring people from different religions and cultures together by assigning them to the same team. In that way, we give them the chance to play and enjoy together.
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We believe that Football takes a powerful role in the current situation of India. Sports gives the opportunity to cut across all cultural and ethical barriers.
This year we are celebrating Gandhiji’s birthday with the unique “Harmony Cup”. Eight different teams from Nagpur will come together and participate in a two days lasting tournament.
We are inviting you to be a part of this unique event where you will not only play a football tournament but also enjoy the variety and diversity of India. Therefore cultural and linguistic diverse players from different communities will participate in one team as a symbol of inclusion and integration.

Road to 2018 Homeless World Cup Mexico 2018!

“Preparation is the only way to be satisfied with your team and the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

Keeping this in mind, we began Team India’s preparation for the Homeless World Cup well in advance.

Both Men’s and Women’s squad came together from 3rd till 9th Sep 2018. The Men’s team consisted of 8 players selected from the states of Jharkhand, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Likewise, the Women’s team also consisted of 8 players coming from Delhi, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Kerala.

The training program was led by Mr Andy Hook of Street Soccer Scotland and who is also the Indian team coach for HWC 2018. The teams had two sessions throughout the period through which they prepared themselves mentally, physically and technically by sweating it hard on the field. The practice sessions were also joined by some of the footballers who have represented India in HWC previously.

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“The team now seems more confident and determined to represent their nation and make their homeland feel proud of them”, said Andy Hook.

The team played some practice matches with the former Indian players of the homeless world cup and got to learn important tips and a new style of play in the format of 4-a side game.

 

 

Coaches Training for “School Connect” in Chennai!

A coach is expected to help his players improve their skills, perform to the best of their abilities, develop strong characters and become confident. They can maximize the positive outcome of a sport and enhance the intrinsic motivation of players for playing.

Coaches play an important role in the life of a young player. For many professional athletes, their early coach or coaches still have the most profound impact on them.

To do so, coaches must be well supported, educated and developed. Keeping this in mind, we organized a coaches training program from 14th to 16th September 2018 in Chennai. A total of 12 coaches were trained on the concept of, “Development Through Football”.

A program called “School Connect”, supported by Laureus Sports Foundation, is being run in 15 schools across Chennai. The objective of this program is to equip children with life skills and teach them the importance of environment, health and hygiene, through football.

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The coaches who help us spread awareness and make a positive impact on children, come through our various programs. At some point in the past, they have been players, and today they are willing to join our hands in creating a better tomorrow for children.

This program was organized to not only improve the football skills of children but also to teach them positive behaviour and build their self-esteem. During the training, the trainers also made the coaches aware of child protection and behaviour of a coach, both on and off the field.

The sessions were conducted on and off-field. The off-field sessions consisted of SMILE concept (S- Safe, M-Maximum participation, I- Inclusion L- Learning, E-Enjoyment), child protection, age-appropriate coaching and the environment children expect from the coach. Later, the coaches were asked to put their learning into practice by conducting demo session amongst the group. The trainers observed each session and gave feedback about it accordingly.

 

Vikas Meshram makes it to Team India!

Vince Lombardi had remarked that football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. Mr. Vikas Meshram can vouch for that.

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He labored at farms and his father at construction sites, which wasn’t enough to buy even the most basic of necessities. Bad company of friends landed him in prison for a year, after which he mended his ways and sought refuge at Slum Soccer because of his love of football. Vikas is now a youth leader at Slum Soccer and is the coach of the Under-14 team of both boys and girls at the near village called Gumthala. And from the recent trials organized by Slum Soccer for Homeless World Cup 2018 Team India, Vikas is in the team.

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He has struggled a lot through his life, sometimes for things, others take for granted. He is now hoping for a chance to show the world how much life has hardened him, how much circumstances have taught him and how much he is looking forward to bring the Homeless World Cup to India.

To support Vikas kindly donate at Support team India  or  https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/slumsocmexico

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation at Slum Soccer!

Slum soccer is in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, strives to bring about change in communities by training coaches for the development of grassroots football.

From 15th till 17th of August coaches from Tottenham Hotspur Mr. Richard Allicock and Mr. Dan Dodge conducted the training program for Slum Soccer coaches working in different cities of India such as Participants from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Yawatmal, and Nagpur.

This program was organized to not only improve the football skills of the children but also, positive behavior, build their self-esteem, steer them away from potential unemployment or crime. During the training, the trainers also made aware the coaches about child protection and behavior of a coach both on and off the field.

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The sessions were conducted on and off-Field. The off sessions consisted of smile concept (S- safe, M-maximum participation, I- Inclusion L- learning, E-enjoyment), child protection, age-appropriate coaching, and the environment for children they expect from the coach.

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After the THFC delivered the sessions, the coaches were asked to design the sessions to be delivered amongst themselves. The idea behind it was, the trainers wanted to see the way they coach. The sessions were well observed by THFC coaches and they gave their inputs about how to improve a team and an individual performance, by the implementation of specific endurance.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to help us grow our programme” Abhijeet Barse CEO- Slum Soccer.

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Richard Allicock, Community Development Manager at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “To date, we have run several successful programmes in India, but we like this development of football and development through football a lot. Throughout the course of the training, all the coaches worked hard and improved their skills enormously.

During their stay, they also visited a community we are working with their support. They conducted a football session and play football with children.

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