HFCA are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who do all the important administration tasks or work directly with our players every week and teach them the skills needed to play the game and play for HFCA in local leagues or representing Cambodia at Homeless World Cups. All of our staff in Cambodia are Khmer bar our Head of Coaching who is from Scotland. Most of our coaches are ex Homeless World Cup players who are excellent role models for the boys and girls who attend our program.video link
Director and Founder
Paraic Grogan is the founder of HFCA. Paraic lived in Cambodia for eight months in 2003 and fell in love with the people and country. Deeply moved by the poverty he witnessed he helped set up the Happy School which officially opened in June 2003. The Happy School has been running ever since and has educated 500+ children who otherwise would not attend school. Paraic went back to Cambodia in 2005 for three months to continue his work at the Happy School and during this period set up HFCA as he wanted to give street children an opportunity to play football in a safe environment. In 2008 he entered Team Cambodia in the Homeless World Cup in his home city of Melbourne and they have since been to every Homeless World Cup. His role at the Homeless World Cup is as Team Manager. Paraic hasworked for Jesuit Social Services and City Of Yarra Council as a Community Development worker in inner city public housing estates and for Anglicare as a residential care worker with youth in state care.
Vibol is from Phnom Penh and has been working for HFCA since 2006. He has a degree in Business Administration and has over 10 years work experience with International Organisations including the United Nations Development Program in Cambodia. Vibol is one of our most important and hard work staff members and is responsible for ensuring our weekly program takes place every week. He has attended every Homeless World Cup that Team Cambodia have attended since 2008 and his role at the Homeless World Cup is as assistant team manager.He is a father figure to all the boys and girls who attend HFCA programs. Vibol is passionate about rebuilding his country and believes that its essential to support young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Fundraising and Marketing Manager
Jon grew up in London and has a degree in Italian and Business Studies from Swansea University. Years of experience in catering and promotions including running his own music management business in Bristol, led him to managing bars for a good few years. After moving to Melbourne in 2000, Jon set up Cheap Thrills which was a community street press magazine for the 'Northside', distributing 10,000 copies every fortnight. Since then he has worked for Melbourne Citymission, establishing a screen printing social enterprise for disadvantaged young kids. He also works for the City of Yarra and is the Advertising Manager for Jesuit Communications. With a keen eye for marketing and creativity, Jon established Fair Play together with Paraic Grogan in 2007.
Jon manages the Marketing of HFCA including the website and e-newsletter. He also helps co-ordinate fundraising and sponsorship.