Kids in Cambodia discover the fun of footy

AFL in Cambodia

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Last November the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) Cultural Experience Program travelled to Cambodia for three weeks.

With three staff members and sixteen students, the group volunteered at the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) in Phnom Penh, conducting Physical Education programs.

Cambodian Children's Fund was founded by an Australian man called Scott Neeson and since that time in 2004 CCF has provided education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia’s most destitute communities.

At first they cared for approximately 45 children and currently 1200 children are in the care of CCF, most of whom have come from working on the ‘Dump’ to provide for their families.

Their services now extend to providing more opportunities to grow and develop the health and wellbeing of these children's families and the wider community.

This was the second ACPE Cultural Experience Program with a group travelling to CCF in November, 2011.

The group conducted programs in the following:

  • Structured sporting lessons for the children, utilising sporting equipment that the children have never had the opportunity to play with before
  • Teaching sporting programs to the passionate teachers (a teacher in Cambodia is paid $50/month) to increase their teaching skills for them to incorporate sport into their everyday teaching
  • First Aid courses to senior students and to staff
  • Assisting with the meal program that provides a guaranteed nightly meal for individuals as young as four from the community to access

ACPE is very grateful for the support and generous donation of 30 AFL balls from AFL NSW/ACT.

Teaching the CCF children an Australian sport like AFL and learning how to handball and mark was a unique experience. All equipment was donated to CCF at the conclusion of the trip so that the children can continue to enjoy playing sport and developing their new skills.

ACPE would like to thank AFL NSW/ACT for their support in providing opportunities for the children in CCF to be engaged in physical activity.

More about the CCF - www.cambodianchildrensfund.com

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