Ivanhoe Grammar (Melbourne ) visit HFCA

Students, Alumni and Staff of Ivanhoe Grammar School were delighted to join the kids at Happy Football Cambodia in Phnom Penh, joining in the morning training session and drills, and a match. "A great morning was enjoyed by all, especially to catch up with three members of The 2008 Cambodian Homeless World Cup Team who Ivanhoe Grammar hosted during their visit to the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, and to witness firsthand the joy that Happy Football is bringing to the lives of so many Cambodian children."
Check out their report below and the Flikr slideshow here

 

A happy Saturday.

Students, Alumni and Staff of Ivanhoe Grammar School were delighted to join the Children of Happy Football Cambodia in Phnom Penh on Saturday January 15th. Our Group of 23 students, alumni and staff will never forget the warm greeting that we received on arrival at the pitch as the smiling Cambodian players from various centres that Happy Football Cambodia supports joined us.

We were impressed by the professional manner that the Cambodian players through themselves into the morning training session and welcomed us to participate in their drills. After an energetic hour of training it was time for us to test our soccer skills against the talent of Cambodia. The boys played the first half of the game with Happy Football dominating the play but being unable to score and Ivanhoe managing to score a goal on a counter attack. In the second half the girls took over with Happy Football dominating play once again, scoring a goal to leave scores at fulltime drawn in a fitting result.

We were especially delighted to be able to catch up with three members of The 2008 Cambodian Homeless World Cup Team who Ivanhoe Grammar hosted during their visit to the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne. It was great to see that the flag we presented them with in assembly in 2008 still remains a treasured possession. Our morning with the children and staff of Happy Football Cambodia was indeed a happy one, of smiles, laughter and much excitement, which will long live in our memories and hearts. It was great to witness firsthand the joy that Happy Football is bringing to the lives of so many Cambodian children.

It was great to witness firsthand the joy that Happy Football is bringing to the lives of so many Cambodian children.

We would like to thank the children and staff of Happy Football Cambodia for making our visit possible and also for organising our visit to the Centre For Children’s Happiness later that morning where we spent a wonderful hour or so playing with the Children of the Centre.

No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)