OFFS for children in Moldova
Open Fun Football Schools (OFFS) was introduced for the first time to Moldova in 2006. Cross Cultures' project has helped Moldova after the war conflicts in 1992 between Transnistrian region and Moldova, by using the virtue of football to prove the unity of people from all regions of the country possible, irrespective of religious, political, racial, sexual and national background.
Focusing on children and girls
Our female coaches provided 'positive role models' to the hundreds of girls who attended the football schools and inspiring them to take up the game. The Football Federation is now looking to invest more resources into the woman's game and all the female coaches involved in our project.
Nearly 30% of the participants at the football school were young females. There is still a lot of resistance amongst certain communities to the women's game, but many acknowledged that there is need to implement female programs within the structures of the clubs. Open Fun Football School along with the Federation was able to demonstrate the high level of skill and motivation amongst the female players, coaches and bring together gender groups who at an early age have limited contact. One of the main goals of our country is to attract girls into women's football.
Promoting peace and reconciliation for Moldovian children
Cross Cultures Open Fun Football Schools in Moldova works closely with the football association of Moldova, especially with the Grassroots Department, Football Association of Women Football (all women instructors OFFS Moldova work, play, referee, coach in the women football) Federal School for Coaches (every year held the C - License Course for local coaches throughout Moldova).
However, Cross Cultures/OFFS Moldova is still very much dependent on international donors' money and support. Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe bordering Romania and Ukraine. The country became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. More than 75% of the population is of Moldavian ethnicity, while larger minorities are comprised of Russians, Gagauz people, Romanians and Bulgarians.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, tensions between Moldova and the breakaway Transnistrian territory escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July of the same year.
As part of that agreement, a three-party (Russia, Moldova, Transnistria) Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarized zone, comprising twenty localities on both sides of the river.
Although the ceasefire has held, the territory's political status remains unresolved: Transnistria is an unrecognized but de facto independent presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, and currency.
Cross Cultures focuses on bringing together Moldovian children of all ethnicity through our Open Fun Football Schools program promoting peace and reconciliation.
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Facts about Moldova
Total population: 3,546,847 (July 2015 est.)
Share of children and youth under 25: 31.35%
Youth unemployment: 8.5% (2015)
Share of women in the labour market: 48.5%
Refugee population: 389 people (2015)
Football players (indoor/outdoor): 39,097
Clubs with women’s teams: 14
Number of amateur Clubs: 126
Number of non-amateur Clubs: 10
Number of Teams: 2,075
Our work in the country 1998-2016
First year CCPA worked in the country: 2006
Main focus areas: Integration, Gender Equality, Crime Prevention
Sponsors: UEFA, Sida
Football clubs established: 107
Children involved: 20,544 (10,799 girls)
Football Festivals: 370
Children attended: 28,974 (13,460 girls)
Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 10
Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 1,920
Volunteers involved: 260
Volunteers educated: 140
Parents involved: 576
Parents’ workshops conducted: 34
Fun Festivals conducted: -
Children attended Fun Festivals: 77
Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in: 30
Local schools involved: 37