Football has become a vital instrument for hundreds of community development programmes run by NGOs around the world. These programmes provide children and young people with valuable tools to actively make a difference in their own lives and communities – teaching them leadership, teamwork, discipline, and self-confidence.
Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA) Capacity Initiatives is a development project that harnesses the power of the football to assist disadvantaged and orphaned children in Phnom Penh to overcome life challenges and achieve a brighter future.
HFCA use a three-pronged approach to working with some of the poorest children in Cambodia:
- Weekly Coaching Sessions in Phnom Penh since 2005 and Siem Reap since 2017 – HFCA partners with other local NGOs and community groups to send children aged 12 to 18 to weekly coaching sessions. Providing disadvantaged children with a positive healthy recreational outlet for them to develop as an individual.
- Homeless World Cup – since 2008, HFCA has organised teams of talented homeless and excluded children to represent Cambodia and compete in the annual international football tournament, The Homeless World Cup. Currently two HFCA program graduate’s are playing as professional footballers in the Cambodian Premier League.
- From 2008 to 2017 HFCA have worked with coaches from Inter Milan (2008), Manchester United (2010), Real Madrid (2012) and Celtic FC (2017). Our goal is ensure the 250 youth we work with have access to world class opportunities in a safe and caring environment.