GOALS Empowerment Summer Camp
Throughout Armenia, there are limited opportunities for girls to play soccer. Despite having a strong desire to do so, girls cannot find the resources necessary or sporting groups that make experiencing the game a possibility. In addition, organized sport participation has several benefits to youth development such as leadership skills, teamwork skills, confidence building and improved overall physical health. A team comprised of Peace Corps Volunteers, Paros volunteers and soccer coaches will organize three regional girls soccer camps that will culminate in a soccer tournament. Sponsorship of this project will help fund the camps and help raise awareness about girls’ soccer in Armenia.
On July 10th a Training of Trainers (TOT) will be held in Yerevan before the start of a week-long empowerment camp in Gyumri. All coaches and volunteers involved with the camp will attend the TOT; this will include three traveling coaches, and three coaches from each camp location as well as three Peace Corps volunteers and three Paros volunteers. The TOT will include specific aspects of the camp, including the logistics and overall organization, guest speakers, seminars, and drills. The Staff will be given the coaching manual and the curriculum developed by Coaches Across Continents.
The summer camp will go from 9am to 3pm every day. The daily routine will consist of a combination of traditional skill building drills, scrimmages, team building exercises, seminars on leadership, as well as a set of drills designed by Coaches Across Continents. Lunches will be provided. The last day of the camp there will be a “5 on 5” tournament between the attending girls. Local parents and the press will be invited to attend the last day of the camp. There will be a trophy presentation to the winning team.
The following is a brief project timeline:
July 10th – August 5th
GOALS Camp TOT – July 10th 10am- 4pm In Yerevan for major participants in GOALS camp
GOALS Camp Gyumri July 17th- 22nd 9am-3pm
GOALS Camp Vanadzor July 24th- 29th 9am-3pm
GOALS camp Goris July 31st- August 5th 9am-3pm
GOALS Camp Finale and Celebration – August 5th 3pm-6pm Inviting Peace Corps staff, Embassy, Paros, Football Federation, other sponsors, etc.
CAC Camp August 17th- 27th
3 days Yerevan –>
2 days COAF –>
1 day Dilijan –>
3 days Gyumri
GOALS Camp Tournament- August 8th-11th Tentative, in Hangavan