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QPR IN the Community Trust duo Gareth Dixon (Social Inclusion Manager) and Martino Chevannes (Community Trust Manager) are helping to inspire change in Mwanza, Tanzania this week.

Throughout their week-long stay, Dixon will be providing us with a daily blog, outlining the work the pair are doing with the local children and adults as part of the preparations for the 2014 Street Child World Cup

For the full story, click here

In the meantime, here is Gareth’s second blog entry …

Day 3 - Introduction

Following our days of travel and getting to know Mwanza, it was finally time to get cracking on what we were in Tanzania to do – to train and up-skill 25 local coaches to be able to put on safe, effective and progressive coaching sessions.

Working with the young people out here, we also had to put a strong focus on community development. We tried to tailor a package that would fit best and to be honest I was a bit nervous about delivery, but by the end of the day this fear had well and truly dwindled.

There is a lot of media interest out here and on the way to the course we picked up on a local radio report about our trip out here. It was certainly strange to hear 'Gareth Dixon' and 'Martino Chevannes' factored in between some fast talking Swahili dialect on Clouds FM!

The course was made up of a wide variety of participants from teachers to police and most importantly, former street children, survivors. We were told that seeing them working together was an amazing feat after some poor relations over the years between the police and street children. Some of the participants had also attended the inaugural Street Child World Cup, 2010 in Durban so this was another part of the journey they were on.

Martino led on areas such as the ice breaker, code of conducts (which participants wrote themselves) and qualities of a good coach. The interactive style we were delivering in was proving quite new to the attendees. However, by the end of the day we had some excellent discussions and input. 

We moved outside during the day and I led on a best practice coaching sessions around passing and movement. On the course there are very few English speakers so our translator, Tito, had to adapt to my coaching style very quickly. He did a sterling job as what I was saying was leading to lots of good play and smiles!

Overall, we have had a fantastic start here in Mwanza, despite some technical difficulties, and, of course, the language barrier. Over time my Swahili is improving and football is an international language as proved by works such as this. 

Here's to the rest of the course. I'm confident we will be leaving some very well equipped coaches / community workers from our time here.

To read Gareth’s first blog, click here

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