In the morning, we held our final training session for prospective coaches and the group was buzzing with nervous, excited energy. After we finished, we held a ceremony for all of the wonderful participants and announced the four new Darfur United Soccer Academy coaches. Later that afternoon we broke ground on the first Little Ripples in-home education center, and then hustled back to the field for a coaches meeting and opening day of the Darfur United Soccer Academy, Goz Amer. It was a hit!
In the end, we were looking for a cohesive team that would complement each other on and off the field. A balanced group who each bring their own unique strengths to coaching at the Academy, and we found have found just that.
Meet the newest Darfur United Soccer Academy coaches:
Issag, age 20, “Oh, I feel so happy and excited for what’s to come. Thank you for coming to Goz Amer.”
Souliman, while registering kids and filling out player cards looked up with a huge smile and said, “I feel so good, and know that I will become a leader in Goz Amer. I hope to travel to other camps one day and help train new coaches.”
Sadiya, age 18, “I did not even know that you were coming and I never guessed you would pick me. I am so surprised. I would also like to travel to other camps with DUSA one day.”
Thouhilla, age 18, “I feel so good, and know that I will become a leader in Goz Amer. I hope to travel to other camps one day and help train new coaches.”
Thouhilla is bold and goofy with an infectious personality, and she has great foot skills, too. Isaag, a skilled player who is kind hearted and helpful, with a smile plastered to his face at all times. Sadiya, calm, focused and extremely hard working. And Souliman, a consummate leader, tireless worker and patient teacher.
I could not be more proud of this group and from the looks of opening day, I have no doubt these four will turn the Academy into something all their own. So looking forward to watching it grow!