In 2008 they were the first overseas school to visit our program in Cambodia. Its been a great experience working with such a fantastic school.
Ivanhoe Grammar School has been educating young people since 1915, and while much has changed since our humble beginnings at St James' Church, Ivanhoe, the philosophy of our founding Headmaster, The Reverend Sydney Buckley, is still at the core of our practices. He believed that academic excellence and the development of individual character were paramount and encouraged a strong ethos of service to others.- Gerard Foley BEd, MEdLeadership, Principal, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne
HFCA very much share these values, especially the development of individual character and service to others, hence it was in many ways a natural fit for our two organisations to come together in 2008. Ten years later and the relationship is stronger now that it was ever was. Everyone at HFCA is very grateful for Ivanhoe Grammar School's commitment to our work in Cambodia. The Ivanhoe Grammar staff are always professional and a joy to work with. They are passionate about helping HFCA improve. The Ivanhoe students who visit each year make a huge effort to engage with our players.
In 2008 when the Homeless World Cup Came to Melbourne due to our existing involvement in Cambodia, Ivanhoe Grammar School adopted the Cambodian Team to support for the tournament and from this has sprung a wonderful partnership with Happy Football Cambodia. Over the past 10 Years, Ivanhoe Grammar School’s Service Project Teams have been visiting HFCA each year in Phnom Penh joining them for soccer (with mixed results) and more importantly friendship and cultural understanding. It has been wonderful for us to witness the growth in the soccer program over these years and the countless lives it has impacted.- Ivanhoe Grammar teacher Andrew Fox shared his thought on the relationship.
Commenting on this years visit Andrew said ''Our visit this year was once again a highlight for our team and even though the weather was hot (for Melbournians in Winter) and the competition fierce, the day was full of fun and laughter as many new friendships were made. Ten years on we are still delighted to support this program and wish Vibol and our friends at Happy Football Cambodia all the best for the future and especially at the Homeless World Cup in Mexico City in November."
One of the main benefits of these annual visits is that the teenagers from Australia come to our program and who don't judge HFCA players because of their poor backgrounds. A lot of our HFCA players come from extreme poverty so in many cases people look down on them. When Ivanhoe Grammar students treat them with a high level of respect and don't discriminate against them it makes our players feel proud.- Vibol Chao. HFCA Country Manager
July 1, 2021
When 18 year old star Zoe Konstantopoulos from Melbourne played her first match at the recent HFCA fundraiser Collingwood Rotary Fair Play 17 it was obvious to all in attendance she was a natural talent at the game.
July 6, 2017
In keeping with HFCA’s mission to empower, encourage and motivate through football, Dover Court International School, Singapore organised an amazing football tournament with children, Mums Dads and teachers to help raise money for HFCA.
Nov. 14, 2013
In November 2008 when HFCA and Team Cambodia took part in the 2008 Homeless World Cup for the first time, Ivanhoe Grammar School were our biggest supporters.
Nov. 1, 2012
On a special night organised by HFCA supporters Old Ivanhoe Grammar Boys Club, Australian Soccer Legend John Aloisi took part in a special Q&A at Ivanhoe Grammar school.
Dec. 10, 2010
In early October HFCA were honoured to have visitors from four different countries and a feast of international football styles came together for a great day of football and building friendships.