Monday, 22 September 2014

SCAO Football Team

Thanks for reading! Its been awhile since I posted here and I'm already feeling nostalgic!!

So as many of you know I worked as a volunteer development officer for the SCOOP Foundation in their Cambodian partner organisation, SCAO, from January to August in 2012.

It was an incredible experience and I have continued to stay in touch with SCAO. I recently heard that they have created a new football team in their second school, where I lived and worked. They now need some football equipment and kit for the team and I have offered to fundraise for them. The community were extremely friendly, hospitable, and generous to me (and all the volunteers) and I would love to give something back.

The kids are football crazy and I know they would feel an immense pride in representing their school and community every time they put on this new football kit, while also having great fun in the process. See a message from the guys in SCAO below.

I hope you can make this happen by donating to this cause. Jerseys, shorts, socks, balls, and runners are mainly needed and they have sourced the items locally. To kit out the 15 kids aged 11-14 it will cost €250.

Please contact me on eric, for more info or if you want to donate.

Also check out and for more info on SCAO and SCOOP

Many thanks,

"Kids all over the world love football. But especially here in Cambodia, a country where people still live in extremely poor conditions and which is still feeling the effects of years of repression and civil war, practising a sport might be more than a simple hobby or break from the daily routine.

"Som Roung is a poor rural village located 20 km north of Phnom Penh. The village is mainly composed by children and young adults aged 0-25. Since S.C.A.O. school was built in 2011 the vast majority of children in the village found a safe a place where receive not only education and vocational trainings but where have fun, making new friends or watch a movie together.

"In this context the idea of creating an official football team of the school has been enthusiastically embraced by our team and particularly by the kids of the village. Thanks to teacher Daro's support a team made of 15 kids aged 11-14 has been shortly put together and with permission of the local school an open space of 50 square meters is currently used for training and matches.

                                               Cheun (13) and Sompous (13) playing football

"Started over a month ago, S.C.A.O. football team is regularly training 2 days a week. The kids are improving day by day and they are reaching an outstanding level of synergy and team spirit. They really love playing football and being part of a team means a lot to the kids in terms of personal development and relationships.

                                                  Piseth (14) and Sen (12) during training

"Soon a friendly game with the local school team will take place. On this occasion the kids will have a chance to play in a real competition, testing their preparation and physical form. One of our future goal is to take part as a team to the Human Rights Football Tournament organised by “CIA FIRST International school” an international school based in Phnom Penh which every year host the tournament.

                                     Sok peah (13), Vottanak (13) and Sen (12) during a game

"Now the biggest challenge faced by the team is finding a sponsor and get some football equipment. T-shirts, shorts, socks, balls, and shoes are the main items needed, although playing without shoes and equipments has not stopped the kids playing football so far!"