PLAY SOCCER Nonprofit International (PSNI) is the umbrella that manages our country Network. PSNI was founded in New Jersey in 1999 as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization with tax-exempt status under the US International Revenue Service Code. The PLAY SOCCER Network currently involves seven country organizations.
Headquartered in the USA, PLAY SOCCER NONPROFIT INTERNATIONAL represents the Network internationally and is recognized by the United Nations with Consultative Status under the UN Roster of Nongovernmental Organizations. PSNI is also a part of FIFA's "Football for Hope" initiative to "make the world a better place."
[April 2014] PLAY SOCCER Cameroon (PSC) and PSNI have developed a partnership with United Action for Children (UAC) to open the Play for Fun, Learn for Life program in Cameroon's southwest province in the communities of Buea, Kumba and Mamfe, where UAC has recently opened a new Football for Hope Centre. Through their collaborative effort, PSC and UAC will add value, expand impact and expand opportunities for children and youth in these areas. New UAC vocational training programs will provide valuable employment credentials for PSC volunteer instructors and PSC's community based holistic program for children will be an important new link in UAC's development through sport activities. The collaboration will also encourage exchange and collaboration between the UAC FFH Centre and PS Ghana's Oguaa FFH Centre that can benefit both countries and West Africa. A preliminary community mobilization to recruit volunteers and develop program interest took place in December 2013. In April 2014 basic training and certification workshop will train volunteers for the Play for Fun, Learn for Life program and the program will begin implementation thereafter. PSC's activities in northwest province, in the Bamenda area, are awaiting the extension and development of the UAC-PSC collaboration and management plan in that area.
[April 2014] PLAY SOCCER Ghana (PSG) now has 11 sites throughout Ghana, with 1460 registered children and 60 volunteer instructors in its Play for Fun, Learn for Life core program. In Cape Coast, the Oguaa Football for Hope Center, which houses the head office of PSG in Cape Coast, has additional program activities that provide a vibrant focus of sport for development activities in the community. These include the Street League program for older youth/young adults, a Community Learning Center that offers educational support, computer training, a library, a garden and many other community activities and events. The nearby University of Cape Coast provides a valuable partnership resource to PSG and the FFH Centre through its Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
In January 2014, PSG hosted the PSNI international basic training and certification workshop for its staff and volunteers, the Program Directors from Malawi and South Africa along with invited NGO representatives, such as the Ovie Brune Foundation in Nigeria.
Check out the PLAY SOCCER Ghana Facebook page for ongoing up-to-date info about the many PSG and FFH Centre activities.
[April 2014] PLAY SOCCER Malawi (PSM) is currently operating one site in Blantyre in the Ndirande community for 400 registered children and 22 volunteer instructors. Play for Fun, Learn for Life continues to have a strong relationship with the Football Association of Malawi as its sport for development arm. A new Program Director, with significant experience in educational enrichment activities was appointed in January 2014 and is making plans for expansion of the program in Blantyre, into new communities, and for expanded linkages within schools. A recent contribution of a container of One World Futbol balls that will be shared with schools has added impetus to this plan. PSM is also shepherding new social enterprise adjunct activities that include an environmental focus on tree planting /renewable energy.
[April 2014] Play for Fun, Learn for Life is the new South Africa organization recognized by PSNI to deliver the core Play for Fun, Learn for Life program. The program currently has 560 registered children, and 18 volunteer instructors at two sites, Tembisa and Rondebult. The new Program Director is a proud product of the program itself, starting as a child and rising through various volunteer positions to his present post. The Norton Rose Fulbright international law firm and Thomson Reuters Foundation/Trust Law have provided invaluable assistance in establishing the new organization. The new Board of Directors has drafted a 5 year plan that proposes to strongly expand and build the program. Important links with the Reagile Primary school, municipal government and other agencies are providing new opportunities for the program participants and volunteers, and balls from One World Futbol are an important recent contribution. The organization also has a partnership with the USA organization, America Scores Boston, bringing an enrichment activity and cultural exchange to both organizations through poetry written by the children in each country.
[April 2014] PLAY SOCCER Senegal and PLAY SOCCER Zambia are currently inactive. PSNI is exploring the possible resumption of program activities in 2014 if local capacity and support can adequately meet Network standards.
[April 2014] PLAY SOCCER USA
In addition to operating Play for Fun, Learn for Life programs, the PSNI activities in the USA include the development of the program curriculum content and materials and the program’s operational framework. In 2013 a major curriculum update was completed with the help of our partner, the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence/Santa Monica Sports Medicine Foundation (SMSMF) in California. The LA84 Foundation hosted a Forum in May 2013, organized by PSNI and SMSMF, which brought together distinguished and diverse professionals to suggest topics that should be included in coaching education. The professional advice provided by these experts has been incorporated to improve the curriculum that in 2014 is now being implemented in the USA, as well as internationally in the PSNI Network organizations in Africa.
An important part of the PSNI work in the USA is to continue to work with members of this group and others to further the adoption of the sport for development model and the sport of soccer in the USA, and particularly to focus on health, broadly defined--the focus that is promoted through the coaching education and recreational program that Play for Fun, Learn for Life provides.
Click here to access a PSNI January 2014 Platform Paper on this health focus and the Play for Fun, Learn for Life program.
Click here to download the MS Word version of the platform, core curriculum, and actifities manual overview.
Click here to access a Report that summarizes the information presented by professionals at the May 2013 LA Forum.
PLAY SOCCER Los Angeles (PSLA)
The Play for Fun, Learn for Life program in California run in collaboration with Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) successfully finished its winter program at the end of March 2014. The small pilot program for 20 children has been run by a dedicated and energetic program manager who was funded through the PSNI grant from Americorps/Up2Us. HOLA and PSNI plan to expand the program starting this summer, increasing registration numbers by opening participation to various other HOLA affiliates and community organizations, and expanding its adjunct enrichment activities.
PLAY SOCCER Appalachia (PSA)
The 2014 program will resume when weather permits outdoor activities in Ohio. The program is led by an Ohio University Masters student as PSA continues its partnership with Ohio University in terms of student involvement and advisory roles from the Sport Coaching Education program. The PSA program is working to start new activities with the Athens County recreation department in an effort to broaden participation and outreach, and improve logistical operations, facilities and scheduling have all proven to be challenging in this largely rural environment.
PLAY SOCCER Trenton (PST)
PSNI has been exploring opening Play for Fun, Learn for Life on the east coast of the USA for the past 2 years and is now planning the opening of the program in Trenton, New Jersey. Though it is the capitol of the state of NJ, Trenton is a city in crisis with a poverty index in excess of 50% and associated, extremely challenging socio-economic indicators of health, crime, education, unemployment and social tensions within its diverse ethnic and immigrant population. The PST program plans for collaborative arrangements with two well established community organizations, both having interesting and successful enrichment programs that share similar objectives with PSNI for children and youth, as well as other linkages with Trenton municipal and state agencies and soccer organizations.