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Trans Caucasus & CEC

Cross Cultures is a global network. On this page you can find information about our activities in Trans Caucasus & CEC.

Armenia

During 2003, the Open Fun Football Schools project for children became a reality in Armenia. The new sport schools with the new games, updated approach, and bright-coloured sport equipment attracted lots of children and resumed lots of interest in sports. It engaged boys and girls, children with physical impairment and diabetic children. In 2003, two schools were established in the capital city Yerevan on the bases of "Malatia" and "Pyunik" sport clubs with over 192 participating children in each. Leaders, instructors and parents took an active participation in the OFFS. Sport events were highly supported by the Armenian Football Federation. 

In the past years, the government's encouragement and support for sports has made positive changes for children, parents and communities in Armenia. Sport schools, sport bases and camps have been restored. Sport federations started to gather sportsmen and associates around. 

 

Our work in Armenia20162004-2016 (total)
Partner since2004
Number of OFFS5139 (+ 224 one day festivals)
Total number of children96026,784
Girls355
Boys605
Total number of volunteers*162
Female volunteers34
Male volunteers128

Source: Internal statistics.

Leaders, Trainers, Assistants, and others.

Azerbaijan

The Cross Cultures projects in Azerbaijan implements and advocates Open Fun Football Schools and other community-based children’s sport activities to facilitate peace, tolerance, gender equality, and inter-ethnic community building.  

Sport is generally an important part of Azerbaijani culture with football being the most popular sport. Cross Cultures is conducting the education of coaches and leaders in cooperation with the neighboring countries Armenia and Georgia. The OFFS-program is mainly organizing activities in the countryside, where recreational activities for children are few. Among these activities is the project “Football in School Yards” where CCPA is facilitating self-organization and Fun-Football Festivals in residential areas. 

 

Our work in Azerbaijan20172004-2017
Partner since2004
Number of OFFS8165 (+ 135 one day festivals)
Total number of children1,53131,361
Girls464
Boys1,067
Total number of volunteers*244
Female volunteers65
Male volunteers179

Source: Internal statistics.

Leaders, Trainers, Assistants, and others. 

Georgia

One of the most important goals achieved by the Open Fun Football Schools (OFFS) in Georgia is the successful organization of Street Sport events and the follow-up activity, which includes children from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Cross Cultures managed to solve, maybe on the local scale so far, a very important matter - the living and training together of the OFFS instructors, leaders, and trainers from Armenia and Azerbaijan on the territory of Georgia during the OFFS seminars.  

 

Our work in Georgia20172003-2017
Partner since2003
Number of OFFS8191 (+ 381 one day festivals)
Total number of children1,53635,910
Girls547
Boys989
Total number of volunteers*222
Female volunteers39
Male volunteers183

Source: Internal statistics.

Leaders, Trainers, Assistants, and others. 

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. 

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 a 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 our main goals in Moldova is to attract girls into women's football. 

 

Our work in Moldova20172006-2017 (total)
Partner since2006
Number of OFFS12129 (+ 459 one day festivals)
Total number of children2,30424,768
Girls1,754
Boys550
Total number of volunteers*310
Female volunteers180
Male volunteers130

Source: Internal statistics.

Leaders, Trainers, Assistants, and others. 

Ukraine

The project in Ukraine has a special focus on Crimea. Ethnic Russians make up the bulk of the population on Crimea, but there are also large groups of Ukrainians and Muslim Tatars, and the OFFS-program is developed to bring these communities together. Furthermore, another focus is on the border region to Moldova. 

Cross Cultures focuses on bringing children in Ukraine of different ethnicity together at the Open Fun Football Schools promoting peace and reconciliation. 

 

Our work in Ukraine20172010-2017
Partner since2010
Number of OFFS29217 (+ 1,225 one day festivals)
Total number of children5,48826,784
Girls1,867
Boys3,621
Total number of volunteers*875
Female volunteers289
Male volunteers586

Source: Internal statistics.

Leaders, Trainers, Assistants, and others.