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Coaches Across Continents: Hot, humid and happy


Coaches Across Continents: Hot, humid and happy

Coaches Across Continent’s newest volunteer CJ Fritz writes about his first week in Indonesia with Uni Papua.

Landak, West Kalimantan was the setting of our first week of coaching in Indonesia. Every morning during the week we spent two hours with energy-filled primary school students who were convinced that we were famous. The David Beckham Effect from the children continued throughout the week among kids, coaches and practically everyone else who came across us. I signed I don’t know how many notebooks, t-shirts, and took so many photos with strangers that for a moment I thought I really was David Beckham.

I was very impressed with the level of excitement among the 60-some coaches with whom we worked. The children had equal – if not greater – zeal, but that is to be expected from children. The coaches started every session in high spirits and rarely experienced a dip in energy.

Both the children and coaches were quick to learn the games; Mingle Mingle – a dancing game that requires participants to create groups of varying sizes on-command – was a universal favourite. The coaches particularly enjoyed Adebayor Hands Against HIV, which involves participants in a small circle around one person. The ball represents HIV, and the person in the middle tries to avoid being “infected” with HIV as those on the outside try to hit them below the knee with the ball. Then, once they grasp how easily they can be “infected,” means of protection are introduced in the form of other participants entering the circle to try to block the ball. These forms of protection represented things like condoms or a one faithful partner.

The coaches were all very respectful, positive and willing to work. By the end of the week we had created a bond with the coaches who seemed appreciative and content with the week’s work. I was asked by multiple coaches for my contact information in order to keep in touch and to communicate about more games that they can teach their players. These exchanges left me with an accomplished feeling about the work we did in Landak and the memories we created with the coaches.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Nicholas Gates


Monday, October 12, 2015 - 23:00