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Coaches Across Continents: #PlayItForward in Thailand


Coaches Across Continents: #PlayItForward in Thailand

Coaches Across Continents has just completed our second week working with Chevrolet FC and World Vision in Bangkok.

The dozens of participants who attended this week did so from throughout Thailand, meaning that this campaign is having a national impact beyond the refurbished field at Bang Bua School in Bangkok. Many of the participants work directly with World Vision and will be sharing all they have learnt with other members of their local offices. Overall, our two weeks of training will impact over 20,000 children.

Thailand has been a fantastic host for our programme. The director of the Bang Bua School, Miss Aonrumpa Phodaeng, gleefully calls her campus a “happy place”. The children, staff, and Miss Phodaeng herself radiate joy while you are with them.

However, outside the campus there are many serious issues in Thailand. Trafficking and health & wellness issues were highlighted by the local coaches as two areas they would like to address. There are many types of trafficking, including sexual, conscripting children to become beggars, forced child labour, and even organ trafficking in some instances. Our curriculum for this week therefore focused on educating the coaches on how to use sport for social impact, as well as our child rights module. The coaches highlighted the need to properly educate children about these issues, and were great at being able to extrapolate the messages from our games into practical teaching moments.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Nicholas Gates


Monday, May 18, 2015 - 00:00