Globalteer is sponsoring a junior soccer league in Siem Reap for 22 teams from various Children's Centres and Schools. The vision of Gary Hodder from the UK, the league aims to provide a structured junior soccer league for kids in and around Siem Reap.
The league has been established from an identified need for a structured and organised competition. Although many of the Children’s Centres around Siem Reap have soccer as an activity, there has never been a structured league set up and run.
It is a means of allowing children of all abilities to experience and enjoy a regular, fun and safe soccer experience, along with all of the positive social aspects that being part of a team brings.
The league is organised into several age groups to allow for fair and safe play.
In the future the league will expand in team numbers and length of season whilst another is set up on the outskirts of town to allow other children to participate in a similar project.
Local Cambodian coaches are being trained and mentored to take over the running of the league. Four Cambodian staff are currently being trained in coaching and refereeing skills to keep the programme locally sustainable.
The concept of the league is very much mass participation of all genders and abilities, not financially restrictive for the children and great fun. Eight Children's Centres, Community Centres and Schools have entered teams into 3 different age groups, under 17's, under 15's and under 12's.
The format of the league is based upon the FA Mini-Soccer leagues of the U.K. Small sided games 7 v 7 on half field size pitches with smaller goals, this allows for more games to be played at the same time and for players to get more touches of the ball and to do less running.
Each team will play approx 10 x 30 minute games over the season and a league table will be updated to keep the children excited and enthused about the next games. There will not be any prize money but trophies will be awarded to the winning Centres.
Children's projects and schools who have participated in the league:
Grace House Community Centre
The Green Gecko Project
New Hope Community Centre
Self Help Community Centre
Sangkheum Centre for Children
Australian Center of Education
Pure for kids
ABC's and Rice
Gary Hodder, a level 2 FA coach, has been coaching soccer since the mid 1990's both in the U.K. and United States. He gained his Football Association Key Stage 2 football teaching certificate at Bristol City's academy in 2005 and since that time has run a soccer programme at Camp Sangamon in Vermont, U.S.A.
He worked for several years as a Community Sports Coach for West Norfolk Borough Council. Working in rural deprived areas setting up and delivering sporting opportunities for young people. He has also spent time working in Norfolk schools that were in special measures, using sport to engage students. As well as Soccer he is also a qualified coach for cricket, fencing, archery, basketball, badminton and athletics.
Suuport the league
The initial league has been funded by Globalteer in conjunction with local and international partners. The future of the project depends upon raising enough sponsorship. Globalteer hope that the next season is bigger and better with many improvements that are currently financially restrictive.
We are currently looking for sponorship to cover next seasons budget of US$2,500.
This will cover all costs to run the league and provide kit for all teams totalling 384 children.
This means that we can run a 12 week league for 32 teams at less than US$7 per child.
This will include:
Local wages for the Cambodian staff.
Team sponsorship to help cover their costs of involvement in the league.
Shirts, shorts and socks for new teams.
Miscellaneous costs such as water, first aid & balls.
If you wish to support the league then please click on the 'donate' button at the bottom and select 'Junior Soccer League'.
To contact Globalteer about the league, please click here.
If fundraising goes well we can budget to rent our own soccer pitch which will allow teams without access to a field the ability to train during the week and throughout the year. This will be approximately US$3,000.
With great thanks to all those supporting and sponsoring the league from all the kids!
The Warehouse, Hope for Cambodia, Marshfield Football Club, The Iron Workshop, Camp Sangamon in the United States, The Centre for Khmer Studies, and some private individuals.