News Ex Homeless World Cup players giving back to HFCA

Nov. 26, 2012

On my recent visit to Cambodia before going to the the Homeless World Cup in Mexico I had the pleasure of catching up with 7 of our coaching staff.

it was great to see the personal growth and development of these young men. Sam Yi and Rithy Chan took part in the 2009 Homeless World Cup in Milan and and have been coaches at HFCA ever since. Sam Yi used to be quiet as a mouse but now after two years as a professional player with a Cambodia Premier League club he has blossomed into a respectful and strong young man who barks orders at training sessions and commands respect from the HFCA youth. Rithy Chan was the smallest player in Milan but his passion for the game is evident for all to see and he is a very poplar member of staff. His moustache is a sight to be behold!

Training session

Our three newest staff Hem Sreng, Chandoeurn Nhel and Rin Roeun all played in the 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris and whilst they are still shy we believe they have the potential to be leaders in their community and be good role models for the other boys and girls in our program. At present we have seven ex Homeless World Cup staff in our program and our aim to take that number up to sixteen by the end of  2013.

The coaches put the players through their paces

In the past we have hired external coaches but our policy now is to invest in youth and promote from within. We pay each coach 10,000 Riel ($2.50) per session. In a country where the average wage is $1 a day its good pay for two hour work. Once we get our coaching staff up to 16 ex Homeless World Cup staff it will cost us $40 a coaching session. Considering we hold 48 sessions a year the total cost for 16 coaches for the year is $1920.

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