OFFS for children in FYR Macedonia
CCPA-Open Fun Football Schools in FYR Macedonia has a vision to serve as an integrator of all the institutions and organisations that work with children. We want reach this goal through mutual cooperation and with activity and education that follow our brand, which is recognized by its basic principles of multi-ethnicity, gender equality, sport for all, social dimension and the fun concept.
Promoting positive values for Macedonian children
Correspondingly Cross Cultures' Open Fun Football Schools in FYR Macedonia wants to use the Open Fun Football Schools activities for the promotion of a wide variety of different positive values, such as: healthy life style, safe and healthy environment, improvement of the sport lifestyle and supporter behaviour, etc. -considering the plans and programs of our donors. FYR Macedonia is located on the Balkan Peninsula in Southern/Central Europe.
The country was a federal unit in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, but became independent following the collapse of the federation in 1991. More than 60% of the population is of Macedonian ethnicity, while larger minorities are comprised of Albanians, Turks, Romas and Serbs.
Bringing together children in FYR Macedonia of all ethnicity
FYR Macedonia remained at peace through the Yugoslav wars of the early 1990s. A few very minor changes to its border with Yugoslavia were agreed upon to resolve problems with the demarcation line between the two countries. However, it was seriously destabilised by the Kosovo War in 1999, when an estimated 360,000 ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo took refuge in the country.
Although they departed shortly after the war, Albanian nationalists on both sides of the border took up arms soon after in pursuit of autonomy or independence for the Albanian-populated areas of Macedonia. Cross Cultures' Open Fun Football Schools program is focusing on bringing together children in FYR Macedonia of all ethnicity in order to bring peace and reconciliation to the area.
Reports from OFFS in FYR Macedonia
Latest news from OFFS in FYR Macedonia
Facts about FYR Macedonia
Total population: 2,096,015 (July 2015 est.)
Share of children and youth under 25: 31.36%
Youth unemployment: 50.8% (2015)
Share of women in the labour market: 39.4%
Refugee population: 828 people (2015)
Football players (registered/unregistered): 22,896/71,000
Female players: 570
Clubs with women’s teams: 14
Our work in the country 1998-2016
First year CCPA worked in the country: 2000
Main focus areas: -
Football clubs established: 277
Children involved: 54,109
Football Festivals: 352
Children attended: 46,280
Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 11
Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 2,026
Volunteers involved: 263
Volunteers educated: -
Parents involved: 238
Parents’ workshops conducted: 7
Fun Festivals conducted: -
Children attended Fun Festivals: -
Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in: 11
Local schools involved: 52