Engaging Girls in Football in Rural Contexts
Jun
27
4:30 PM16:30

Engaging Girls in Football in Rural Contexts

Facilitator Bio

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. After working 3 ½ years in Italy in film production, she attended Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies.Her attention turned to the sport for social development sector where she knew she could use her strong academic background and passion for sports to affect social change. The past six years Sarah has lived and in India, Cambodia, Philippines, Haiti, Jordan, and Kenya, and Nepal working with and managing grassroots sport for development non profit's which uses football and education as a platform for girl empowerment and combating social discriminations/norms.

Currently Sarah is the Partnership Manager of the Asian and African continents for Equal Playing Field's Festival of Football Challenge 2019. She recently co-founded a non profit in Nepal, Atoot, which uses football, education, life skill workshops and positive mentorship for girl empowerment, prevention of human trafficking + child marriage/labor and isolation.

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Dribbling Skills with Professional Coaches
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Dribbling Skills with Professional Coaches

Improve your dribbling skills with professional coaches Deena and Kim!

COACH BIOS

Kim Smith

Kim Smith played soccer at the University of Virginia while earning a BA in English Literature & Composition. She continued her soccer career playing in Japan’s Division 1 L League for the OKI FC Winds, in Germany’s Bundesliga for FC1 Saarbrucken, and in the USA for the Raleigh Wings and Sacramento Storm. Kim earned her National C Coaching License and has been coaching at the club and high school level for the past 14 years in Los Angeles. She is currently the Athletic Director at The Archer School for Girls where she is also headed into her eighth season as Varsity Soccer Head Coach. Kim has been a member of Equal Playing Field Initiative for the past three years and achieved two world records in Africa and Jordan prior to the upcoming France attempt. She is committed to creating awareness and change for girls and equity in sport and believes that sport has the power to transform lives.

Deena Abdel Rahman

Deena and her husband own a football academy in Bahrain where they have been living for almost 10 years. She started her coaching career at 17 along side playing pro for Fulham FC and represented England at youth level. During this time she completed a degree in sports science and gained coaching experience in USA, Egypt and with Fulham and Arsenal before moving to Bahrain. In January this year Bahrain gained silver in the West Asia Cup narrowly missing out to Jordan. Deena has been a part of Equalplayingfieldinitiative in both their previous world records and is excited to be a part of the latest adventure taking place in France.

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Photographing Women's Football
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Photographing Women's Football

How to photograph women's football - techniques, tips, considerations from two unique sports photographers

FACILITATOR BIO

Dana Roesiger
Dana is a Germany based photographer who mainly focusing on women’s and human rights. Working with NGO’s like DISCOVER FOOTBALL (since 2010) or Equal Playing Field (since 2016) I strive to com­bine the aes­thet­ics and ex­pres­sive pow­er of pho­tog­ra­phy with the goal of lett­ing the world know about so­cial, ecol­o­gi­cal and eco­nom­ic in­jus­ti­ces. Professionally I am a press spokeswoman for SAP, a global IT company.

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Dribbling Skills with Professional Coaches
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Dribbling Skills with Professional Coaches

Improve your dribbling skills with professional coaches Deena and Kim!

COACH BIOS

Kim Smith

Kim Smith played soccer at the University of Virginia while earning a BA in English Literature & Composition. She continued her soccer career playing in Japan’s Division 1 L League for the OKI FC Winds, in Germany’s Bundesliga for FC1 Saarbrucken, and in the USA for the Raleigh Wings and Sacramento Storm. Kim earned her National C Coaching License and has been coaching at the club and high school level for the past 14 years in Los Angeles. She is currently the Athletic Director at The Archer School for Girls where she is also headed into her eighth season as Varsity Soccer Head Coach. Kim has been a member of Equal Playing Field Initiative for the past three years and achieved two world records in Africa and Jordan prior to the upcoming France attempt. She is committed to creating awareness and change for girls and equity in sport and believes that sport has the power to transform lives.

Deena Abdel Rahman

Deena and her husband own a football academy in Bahrain where they have been living for almost 10 years. She started her coaching career at 17 along side playing pro for Fulham FC and represented England at youth level. During this time she completed a degree in sports science and gained coaching experience in USA, Egypt and with Fulham and Arsenal before moving to Bahrain. In January this year Bahrain gained silver in the West Asia Cup narrowly missing out to Jordan. Deena has been a part of Equalplayingfieldinitiative in both their previous world records and is excited to be a part of the latest adventure taking place in France.

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Coaching and Motivating Female Athletes
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Coaching and Motivating Female Athletes

Confidence Factor
Learn how to adopt practical confidence building strategies that the best athletes in the world utilise.

Coaching and Motivating Female Athletes - What will be covered?

- Learn the latest in gamification techniques for how to motivate this next GEN.

- Understand the subtle gender differences to engage, develop and empower your athletes.

- The Confidence Formula - learning from role models and mentors.

- Walk away with practical strategies to add to your coaching tool kit and strengthen your inner voice.

FACILITATOR BIO

Emma Doyle is the coaches' coach. She unleashes human potential through the 'E' factor. Emma is a world-renowned speaker and coach from Melbourne, Australia helping you turn your motivation into activation. She has been coaching for over 28 years and through her keynote speaking, mentoring, coaching and consultancy she inspires, improves, and impacts players, coaches, teams, and corporates in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US.

She is a Tennis Australia High-Performance Coach with a strong background as a touring professional, a talent development coach and she has been the Australian Junior Fed Cup Captain-coach many times. Emma's pioneering approach to communication and coaching encourages coaches to take action. She provides practical coaching tools to better understand the importance of communication in order to engage and empower others. She specializes in helping people to develop a high-performance mindset, enhance confidence, and how to access Emotional Intelligence on and off the sporting field and in the workplace.

Emma is passionately involved in creating gender equality by engaging and empowering more female players, coaches and leaders; aiming to inspire, improve and impact the communication and self-esteem of people around the world by helping them discover their inner coach.

Check out Emma's TEDx talk, 'Unleashing Female Potential' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu3tMg_lzzw

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Life Skills Through Football Session
Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Life Skills Through Football Session

Experience life skills through football with Football For All in Vietnam!

Coaches from Football for All in Vietnam will take you through activities that develop life skills through football, which they deliver with children and youth throughout Vietnam.

Football for All in Vietnam (FFAV) aims to build a sustainable network of non-competitive grassroots football clubs that integrate life skills around HIV/AIDS prevention, the risks of explosive remnants of war, and hygiene into football activities. The organisation targets young people from all backgrounds with an emphasis on including typically marginalized children. All clubs must have a fifty percent female participation rate.

COACHES BIOS

1. NGUYEN THI HOA:

My name is Hoa. I have been working for FFAV for nearly 10 years. I am very proud to be part of FFAV's family who has been working hard during the past 16 years to promote inclusive and non-competitive football with life skills integration in schools which resulted in them staying in school, reducing the dropout rate.

My job with FFAV engages mostly on marketing, fundraising and networking. Therefore, it is my privilege to join the Football Festival where I will be able to connect with other members of football family for learning and exchange.

2. PHAN THI THU HUONG:

I am Huong and I have been engaging with Football for All in Vietnam for more than 10 years. Currently I am in charge of program and life skill department and working directly with the community in order to inspire and provide technical support to promote sustainable grassroot football clubs for children regardless gender, age, and background. I love my job very much and be proud to be a part of the journey.

I am married and have two sons. My sons love football very much and they do play twice a week. I love football too, but I cannot play football well. I love travelling, learning new things and networking with new friends/ colleagues. I am excited to France to see new friends, share our culture and learn from friends of football bodies/agencies.

3. HUA THI TO NGA:

My name is Hua Thi To Nga. I am 36 years old; I am married and have 2 children. I am now a physical teacher at Phu Mau Secondary school, Phu Vang district, Thua Thien Hue province. I love sports and often participate into life skill activities. I am a social, energetic person and love to explore and learn new things, but I am in a manner of full responsibility in working.

4. HOANG THI THANH THUY:

My name is Hoang Thanh Thuy. I am 35 years old, married and have one daughter. I am a physical teacher at Huong Van Primary school in A Luoi district. The school where I am working has the most children who have difficult life situations. However, they are good students and love to play sports, especially football. I have a strong interest in Taekwondo and love to play sports. I often play chess when I have time. I am an open minded person, sense of humour and full responsibility in working.

5. TON THI HOAI MO

My name is Ton Thi Hoai Mo and I was born on 25th September 1981. I am now a physical teacher at Thuy Bang secondary school in Huong Thuy district, Thua Thien Hue province. I am married and have one son and one daughter. I am a straightforward, honest, modest person and I am creative in working. I love to play sports such as football, badminton and swimming. I often play football and swimming with children every afternoon. I also love travelling and exploring new things and places.

6. PHAN THI THUY MAY

My name is Phan Thi Thuy May and I am 35 years old. I was graduated from Sport University in Da Nang and now I am working as a physical teacher at Phuong Duc Primary School for 12 years. I am married and have 2 children. I love to play sports especially football. I love meeting people, sharing football stories and teaching experience with other colleagues.

7. HO THI MINH THUONG:

My name is Ho Thi Minh Thuong and I was born in 30th October 1983. I am working as a physical teacher at Loc Bon Secondary school, Phu Loc district, Thua Thien Hue province. I am married and have 2 sons. I am a modest, honest and straight forward person and especially have high sense of responsibility in working. I love sports therefore I play badminton very morning and play football with my students very often. I also love travelling.

8. DO THI NGOC CHAM:

I am Cham - Do Thi Ngoc Cham. I am a former national football player. I was awarded Vietnam Golden Football in 2008, excellent female football player and best scorer of Vietnam from 2007 to 2011 and I am now the ambassador of grassroot football of Vietnam.

I am a football coach and Director of a Community Football Centre which is providing trainings and practice for children from the age of 5 to 15 in Hanoi. I hope football can connect everybody from all over the world regardless age, gender and wealthy condition. Football connects passion and I love football.

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Commercially Viable Girls Soccer Camps: Case Study from Brazil
Jun
28
11:00 AM11:00

Commercially Viable Girls Soccer Camps: Case Study from Brazil

Case study of girls' soccer camps with Júlia Vergueiro, President of Pelado Real Futebol Clube, Brazil

FACILITATOR BIO

Born to a soccer-loving family in Sao Paulo, Julia grew up within walking distance of Sao Paulo FC's stadium and has regularly attended games with her family since she was a child. After university, she worked as a sustainability analyst for a national bank. After 3 years treading a promising path, she decided to quit her job and join a friend, Bibi, who had started to organize a group of women to get together and play soccer, named Pelado Real Futebol Clube, firstly founded in 2011. After they became partners, this group started getting more and more serious, and within two years parents began contacting the group about training their young daughters. Since then, the club has partnered with Italian soccer club Juventus to run a camp for girls in the city, and now runs its own Girls Soccer Clinic, Soccer School for Girls, and regular training sessions for adult women. In total, more than 200 girls and women participate in PRFC's monthly activities.

As the club has risen to prominence, Júlia has worked to ensure its sustainability by establishing partnerships with local and national partners for field space and equipment and to reach a bigger audience of girls and women. The club acquired NIKE as its main sponsor and partnered with Turma da Mônica - one of the most popular and loved brands in Brazil - to create the first and only Girls Soccer Camp in the country.

In 2015, Júlia also founded a media project named "Dibradoras" with 3 other women aiming to give more visibility to female sports. It started as a facebook page and then grew to weekly podcast, big conferences and some smaller workshops. Júlia left Dibradoras in 2017 in order to focus on Pelado's development, but the other founders are still doing a great job with it.

Last year (2018), Júlia was nominated to be one of the 15 delegates participating in the Global Sports Mentoring Program, a US Department of State initiative launched in 2012 as a collaboration with ESPN and the University of Tennessee that aims to empower women through sports by pairing female Delegates from around the globe with female executives at leading U.S. companies in the sports sector for a month-long mentorship experience.

Júlia hopes to further demonstrate the potential of women's soccer in her country and the way supporting its growth can positively impact brands and the society as a whole.

Júlia earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Outside of work, she enjoys playing soccer, the beach, and spending time with her 2-years-old mutt dog, Bedoya.

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FC Barcelona Insight into Sport for Development
Jun
28
12:30 PM12:30

FC Barcelona Insight into Sport for Development

A chance to learn about the Foundation of FC Barcelona and its work in 50+ countries

The Barça Foundation mission is to support children and youth from the most vulnerable groups through sports and education, for the purpose of contributing to a more egalitarian and inclusive society. The 3 pillars are: 1) prevention of the violence, 2) promotion of social inclusion, 3) access and reinforcement of education. Underpinning all the Barça Foundation programmes are the values of FC Barcelona: Respect, effort, ambition, teamwork and humility.

At the heart of the Barça Foundation programmes is a curriculum-based methodology called FutbolNet, first developed in 2012. FutbolNet is a social programme that teaches the FC Barcelona values and life skills education through sport. To date, FutbolNet has been delivered in over 50 countries worldwide involving over 1million children in the past ten years.

FACILITATOR

Blanca De La Quintana works with the Partnerships, Alliance and Knowledge department. She is looking forward to sharing insights from what the world´s biggest club is doing to promote positive social change.

Along her University’s years, Blanca has combined her high level handball career with her degree in Social Work&s Social Education at University of Pablo de Olavide. Once graduated she moved to Italy where she worked as a support worker with girls and as a project manager for sport programmes. Her strong belief in the power of sport as an educational tool to promote social and personal development pushed her to study the MA in Sport and International Development at University of Brighton. Since 2019, Blanca works as the Coordinator of Sport for Development in Barça Foundation.

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Décrypt'info comment fonctionnent les médias et les invisibles dans lesport
Jun
28
4:00 PM16:00

Décrypt'info comment fonctionnent les médias et les invisibles dans lesport

Décrypt'info comment fonctionnent les médias et les invisibles dans le sport (femmes, handi, sports inconnus, etc.)

Ateliers interactifs d'éducation aux médias et à l'information (EMI) mêlant échanges et jeux pour permettre de comprendre ce que c'est l'information, apprenez le monde des médias, découvrez les outils pour verifier l'information, apprendre à séparer les faits bruts des opinions subjectifs, se forger un esprit critique le tout sous l'angle des "invisibles" dans le sport.

(In EN: An Interactive educational workshop to understand the media and information. Building upon exchanges and games to help understand what is the information, learn about the media world, discover the tools to check information, learn to separate raw facts from opinions and to forge ones critical spirit. Special edition with a focus on the "unseeen" in sport.)

FACILITATOR BIO

Laurienne Ploix, Fondatrice de Tout Va Bien, journal local d'informations solutions. Aujourd'hui, TVB est devenue une association qui édite mensuellement une publication participative de solutions et développe de nombreuses actions socio-culturelles pour une citoyenneté apaisée (EMI, educ pop, etc.). Auparavant, elle a pu travailler avec le Dauphiné Libéré ou encore la Voix du Nord.

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Claiming Space for Female Footballers: Case Study from Argentina
Jun
28
5:30 PM17:30

Claiming Space for Female Footballers: Case Study from Argentina

Presentation of "La Nuestra" in Buenos Aires, Argentina - promoting women's football in impoverished neighbourhoods

About this Event

La Nuestra is a civil society organization that has worked since 2007 for the promotion of women’s football in impoverished neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Its main goals are to use women’s sport as a tool to work towards gender equality and combat violence against women.

Based on the experience constructed throughout our 12 years of practice, in La Nuestra we propose a space of reflection and action, to (re)think our bonds, our territories and our bodies.

Understanding football played by women as a dissident bodily practice allows us to realize the active and transformative character of our game, questioning patriarchal oppressions and contributing towards the creation of our own language.

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Discover Football Film Screening and Q&A
Jun
28
9:00 PM21:00

Discover Football Film Screening and Q&A

DISCOVER FOOTBALL is a Berlin-based NGO that uses football as a tool to promote womxn's / LGBTIQ rights. Through our international projects, we create a platform for female empowerment and intercultural understanding. Since our foundation in 2009, we have created the world's leading network of female football activists to advocate for a world in which girls and womxn can engage in sports without any kind of discrimination.

At the Festival of Football, we will display three documentaries, which highlight our work and the lives and situations of women in football across the globe. Our longstanding media partners Deutsche Welle produced two of the films. Besides reporting on most of our events, they accompanied several of our journeys, allowing for a deep insight into our projects and a personal yet professional connection with our participants, as well as with our team.

1) World Cup in Qatar 2022, But Not for Women
D / 2018 / 10 min / Short Film
Ulrike Sommer
English / OV

In 2022 Qatar will host the men's FIFA Wold Cup. But what about the women? Will they benefit from the event? The team from Discover Football travelled to Qatar's capital Doha, to meet and play a friendly with the women's national team players of Qatar.

https://youtu.be/908pQ47HlXc

2) Football - My Other Life
D / 2017 / 26 min / Documentary
Elisabetta Galla, Jana Schäfer
English / OV

Women being able to play football in India is not a given. But at the Discover Football Festival in Goa, more than 100 women get the opportunity to discover the game and a different way of life.

We joined three of them on their journey: Farheen, a Muslim from Mumbai who's only been playing football for a short time; Christin Cynthia from Goa, who dreams of becoming a professional; and Tsomo Mungod, who wants to show the world what Tibetan women can do with a ball at their feet.

https://p.dw.com/p/2ldBo

3) The Woman in the Middle - International Conference for Female Referees 2018
D / 2018 / 9 min / Documentary
Nadja Krüger / DISCOVER FOOTBALL
English / OV

In 2018, Discover Football welcomed referees from all over the world to Berlin to exchange, network and to advance their skills and knowledge.

We wanted to find out - what motivates these women to stand in the middle and take charge of a match? In addition, which challenges do they face and what keeps them going when they face abuse? Both women coaches and referees operate in a male-dominated field and often encounter gender-based discrimination in their work. Can they leave their match day prejudice and differences behind to build a common strategy and voice to advance women's football and women's rights?

https://vimeo.com/326369000


FACILITATOR BIOS

Friederike Möller Bhering
I am part of DISCOVER FOOTBALL since the Football Festival 2016. Before I was already joining the DF CLUB where I learned how to play. There my interest for the sport developed into a much deeper desire to face up to the whole subject of women's football. I am a true Berliner but through my university time in which I focused on different religions and cultures I became quite international. A feeling I still love to hold on to. Therefore, DISCOVER FOOTBALL’S transnational approach is especially important to me. It fills me with extra pleasure helping women to connect worldwide.

Johanna Small
Driving social change through football is my passion and I have enjoyed being part of various aspects of the game - as a player, coach, league administrator, association staff and activist. I joined DISCOVER FOOTBALL in 2010 for its first festival, and have a professional background in sport science and psychology, with expertise in education through football. This ranges from topics such as women's empowerment, inclusion and anti-discrimination, sexual reproductive health rights, HIV to FGM and child marriage. My work in football education projects has taken me to placements in India, France, Germany, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.

Dana Rösiger
I support DISCOVER FOOTBALL since 2010 mainly as photographer and Public Relations Manager. I am a Germany based photographer who mainly focusing on women’s and human rights. I strive to combine the aesthetics and expressive power of photography with the goal of letting the world know about social, ecological and economic injustices. Professionally I am a press spokeswoman for SAP, a global IT company.

Pia Mann
I have worked as an organizer for DISCOVER FOOTBALL since 2012. Besides women’s empowerment, my focus at DISCOVER FOOTBALL is on LGBTIQ rights. I am a professional social worker and trainer for LGBTIQ sensitization with a background in Systemic Counselling. In my free time, I am an active football player with DFC Kreuzberg, a queer feminist football club founded by Discover Football.


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Life Skills Through Football Session
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Life Skills Through Football Session

Participate in Life Skills Through Football Sessions with Coaches from Football for All in Vietnam!

Coaches from Football for All in Vietnam will take you through activities that develop life skills through football, which they deliver with children and youth throughout Vietnam.

Football for All in Vietnam (FFAV) aims to build a sustainable network of non-competitive grassroots football clubs that integrate life skills around HIV/AIDS prevention, the risks of explosive remnants of war, and hygiene into football activities. The organisation targets young people from all backgrounds with an emphasis on including typically marginalized children. All clubs must have a fifty percent female participation rate.

COACHES BIOS

1. NGUYEN THI HOA:

My name is Hoa. I have been working for FFAV for nearly 10 years. I am very proud to be part of FFAV's family who has been working hard during the past 16 years to promote inclusive and non-competitive football with life skills integration in schools which resulted in them staying in school, reducing the dropout rate.

My job with FFAV engages mostly on marketing, fundraising and networking. Therefore, it is my privilege to join the Football Festival where I will be able to connect with other members of football family for learning and exchange.

2. PHAN THI THU HUONG:

I am Huong and I have been engaging with Football for All in Vietnam for more than 10 years. Currently I am in charge of program and life skill department and working directly with the community in order to inspire and provide technical support to promote sustainable grassroot football clubs for children regardless gender, age, and background. I love my job very much and be proud to be a part of the journey.

I am married and have two sons. My sons love football very much and they do play twice a week. I love football too, but I cannot play football well. I love travelling, learning new things and networking with new friends/ colleagues. I am excited to France to see new friends, share our culture and learn from friends of football bodies/agencies.

3. HUA THI TO NGA:

My name is Hua Thi To Nga. I am 36 years old; I am married and have 2 children. I am now a physical teacher at Phu Mau Secondary school, Phu Vang district, Thua Thien Hue province. I love sports and often participate into life skill activities. I am a social, energetic person and love to explore and learn new things, but I am in a manner of full responsibility in working.

4. HOANG THI THANH THUY:

My name is Hoang Thanh Thuy. I am 35 years old, married and have one daughter. I am a physical teacher at Huong Van Primary school in A Luoi district. The school where I am working has the most children who have difficult life situations. However, they are good students and love to play sports, especially football. I have a strong interest in Taekwondo and love to play sports. I often play chess when I have time. I am an open minded person, sense of humour and full responsibility in working.

5. TON THI HOAI MO

My name is Ton Thi Hoai Mo and I was born on 25th September 1981. I am now a physical teacher at Thuy Bang secondary school in Huong Thuy district, Thua Thien Hue province. I am married and have one son and one daughter. I am a straightforward, honest, modest person and I am creative in working. I love to play sports such as football, badminton and swimming. I often play football and swimming with children every afternoon. I also love travelling and exploring new things and places.

6. PHAN THI THUY MAY

My name is Phan Thi Thuy May and I am 35 years old. I was graduated from Sport University in Da Nang and now I am working as a physical teacher at Phuong Duc Primary School for 12 years. I am married and have 2 children. I love to play sports especially football. I love meeting people, sharing football stories and teaching experience with other colleagues.

7. HO THI MINH THUONG:

My name is Ho Thi Minh Thuong and I was born in 30th October 1983. I am working as a physical teacher at Loc Bon Secondary school, Phu Loc district, Thua Thien Hue province. I am married and have 2 sons. I am a modest, honest and straight forward person and especially have high sense of responsibility in working. I love sports therefore I play badminton very morning and play football with my students very often. I also love travelling.

8. DO THI NGOC CHAM:

I am Cham - Do Thi Ngoc Cham. I am a former national football player. I was awarded Vietnam Golden Football in 2008, excellent female football player and best scorer of Vietnam from 2007 to 2011 and I am now the ambassador of grassroot football of Vietnam.

I am a football coach and Director of a Community Football Centre which is providing trainings and practice for children from the age of 5 to 15 in Hanoi. I hope football can connect everybody from all over the world regardless age, gender and wealthy condition. Football connects passion and I love football.

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Being a leader: Leading the Team and Leading the Player
Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Being a leader: Leading the Team and Leading the Player

Leading the team, leading the players aims to discuss the importance of leadership in coaching.


FACILITATOR BIO

Marisa Gonzalez is a women's soccer coach for Noria F.C in Puebla, Mexico. She has also been a part of organizing committees as a venue manager for the 2011 Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 and a operations director for the 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Puebla.

As a coach, she has developed the women's program in Noria Futbol Club into becoming one of the top teams in the region. The team has been regional champion in 2017 and 2018 and continuously works with players into achieving their goals to get college scholarships or going professional. Marisa also works at Noria Futbol Club with boy's football and organizes all 7vs7 tournaments and leagues playing at the Noria Complex; averaging 2,500 players weekly.

Marisa works daily into creating a program that not only is successful on the field but develops leaders in society with values such as work ethic, discipline and empathy towards others.

Her main goal with the players is: Have fun and love the game!

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Flames Saudi Arabia: Psychology and Team Dynamics On and Off The Field
Jun
29
12:30 PM12:30

Flames Saudi Arabia: Psychology and Team Dynamics On and Off The Field

Founders of Eastern Flames Sports Club Saudia Arabia share their journey


FACILITATORS BIOS

Maram Albutairi, Founder & Partner of Eastern Flames Sports Club

Maram Butairi is passionate and dedicated in promoting the power of team sports, especially football. In her professional career, she has served on various financial roles ranging from business developer at Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (Wa’ed) to financial analyst corporate finance and project development. Leveraging her professional background, she has been able to upscale Eastern Flames Football Club to be a Saudi female football competitive team, now part of the Eastern Flames Sports Academy brand (which she founded in 2018). Under the Eastern Flames brand, Maram has given over 600 females (both youth and adult), the opportunity to play football, futsal, and basketball through clinics, tournaments, and leagues, in both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. As a diehard football fan, player, coach and manger; Maram had a breakout year in 2018 with her coaching opportunities, from being selected to represent her nation, in a US Women’s Soccer Coaches Sports Visitor Program, in America under the US State Department and FHI 360; to attending the 2nd AFC Women’s Football Development Seminar in Kula Lumpur, as part of the delegation of Saudi Arabia’s Football Federation; to earning her FIFA C-license Coaching badges under the UAE FA in Dubai at the end of the year. She was also recently awarded the 2018 Sayidaty Award for “most influential female KSA athlete”, all of which provides her with the motivation and passion needed to empower others, and especially women, through a love of football and facilitating a health and lifestyle change in her native society. Maram continue pushing a message close to her heart, the global awareness of female athletes in Saudi Arabia, as well as seeking to lead, coach and facilitate many future generations of Saudi Women football players.

Karina Chapa – Founder & Partner of Eastern Flames Sports Club

Karina Chapa is a true believer and advocate in self-development through volunteering. She has over thirteen years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring professionals and aspiring athletes in three countries. In her recent role at Saudi Aramco, she has created and teaches development programs that focus on improving behavior skills benefiting over 500 employees. Since 2014, Karina volunteers her spare time as manager of Eastern Flames Football Club (EFFC), availing many opportunities to women in the local community. Karina is most proud that she has been able to empower over 120 Saudi women, and girls, to be more confident in their abilities, increase resilience levels, be inclusive citizens, and continue the legacy by being change agents in Saudi Arabia.

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Possession Skills with Professional Coaches
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Possession Skills with Professional Coaches

Improve your possession in football with professional coaches Kim and Deena!


COACH BIOS

Kim Smith

Kim Smith played soccer at the University of Virginia while earning a BA in English Literature & Composition. She continued her soccer career playing in Japan’s Division 1 L League for the OKI FC Winds, in Germany’s Bundesliga for FC1 Saarbrucken, and in the USA for the Raleigh Wings and Sacramento Storm. Kim earned her National C Coaching License and has been coaching at the club and high school level for the past 14 years in Los Angeles. She is currently the Athletic Director at The Archer School for Girls where she is also headed into her eighth season as Varsity Soccer Head Coach. Kim has been a member of Equal Playing Field Initiative for the past three years and achieved two world records in Africa and Jordan prior to the upcoming France attempt. She is committed to creating awareness and change for girls and equity in sport and believes that sport has the power to transform lives.

Deena Abdel Rahman

Deena and her husband own a football academy in Bahrain where they have been living for almost 10 years. She started her coaching career at 17 along side playing pro for Fulham FC and represented England at youth level. During this time she completed a degree in sports science and gained coaching experience in USA, Egypt and with Fulham and Arsenal before moving to Bahrain. In January this year Bahrain gained silver in the West Asia Cup narrowly missing out to Jordan. Deena has been a part of Equalplayingfieldinitiative in both their previous world records and is excited to be a part of the latest adventure taking place in France.

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Possession Skills with Professional Coaches
Jun
29
2:30 PM14:30

Possession Skills with Professional Coaches

Improve your possession in football with professional coaches Kim and Deena!


COACH BIOS

Kim Smith

Kim Smith played soccer at the University of Virginia while earning a BA in English Literature & Composition. She continued her soccer career playing in Japan’s Division 1 L League for the OKI FC Winds, in Germany’s Bundesliga for FC1 Saarbrucken, and in the USA for the Raleigh Wings and Sacramento Storm. Kim earned her National C Coaching License and has been coaching at the club and high school level for the past 14 years in Los Angeles. She is currently the Athletic Director at The Archer School for Girls where she is also headed into her eighth season as Varsity Soccer Head Coach. Kim has been a member of Equal Playing Field Initiative for the past three years and achieved two world records in Africa and Jordan prior to the upcoming France attempt. She is committed to creating awareness and change for girls and equity in sport and believes that sport has the power to transform lives.

Deena Abdel Rahman

Deena and her husband own a football academy in Bahrain where they have been living for almost 10 years. She started her coaching career at 17 along side playing pro for Fulham FC and represented England at youth level. During this time she completed a degree in sports science and gained coaching experience in USA, Egypt and with Fulham and Arsenal before moving to Bahrain. In January this year Bahrain gained silver in the West Asia Cup narrowly missing out to Jordan. Deena has been a part of Equalplayingfieldinitiative in both their previous world records and is excited to be a part of the latest adventure taking place in France.

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Coach Education with Coaches Across Continents
Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

Coach Education with Coaches Across Continents

TWO SESSIONS

5:30 - 7:00 pm

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Introduction to Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom - prioritizing games that are fun, provoke critical thinking and team problem-solving, and allow us to explore a broad range of relevant social issues so the group can share what themes are most important for their lives and communities. In one hour we would play 3-4 games with or without equipment focusing on themes like: communication, problem-solving, conflict prevention, asking questions, and having fun.

Participants will take away knowledge and skills to enhance their work in communities and/or gain tools to use play/football as a method of stimulating dialogue and building community. They will also have fun learning about other participating teams/players at the event and exploring a different side of the game we all love!

About Coaches Across Continents

Coaches Across Continents has an adaptable play-based curriculum of over 500 activities to address any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. health and wellbeing, gender equality, peaceful conflict resolution, social inclusion, child rights, etc.). Within the structure of each play-based activity participants will have ample opportunities to contribute their ideas and direct their own learning.

In all on-field programs, Coaches Across Continents commits to:

- Utilizing a unique Self-Directed Learning model that guides participants to identify, address, and solve problems as individuals and a team

- Demonstrating the potential of using Purposeful Play as a tool for social impact, in a unique and intentional method, brought to life by the CAC curriculum

- Bringing together and fostering a strong network of passionate leaders, who seek to make a positive impact in their respective communities

FACILITATORS' BIOS

Nora Dooley

Nora Dooley is the Community and Government Partnerships Manager and a training facilitator for Coaches Across Continents (CAC). In 2012 she graduated from Columbia University after four well spent years on the soccer field. She then joined Grassroot Soccer for a yearlong internship before her career with CAC began in 2013. Over the past 6 years Nora has led trainings for leaders in more than 40 countries across 5 continents and multiple sectors. She manages CAC's delivery of community programs with particular focus on the ASK for Choice initiative that brings gender policies to life in communities around the world. On and off the field you can find Nora playing and engaging in dialogue around existing local and global inequalities and how to move collaborative ideas into collective action.

Ashlyn Hardie

From Greensboro, North Carolina SDL Educator and Legacy Strategist, Ashlyn Hardie, is in her third year with Coaches Across Continents. Before joining CAC, Ashlyn played four years of collegiate soccer at Wingate University while she received her B.S. in Sport Management and Exercise Science, later earning her Masters in Business Administration while coaching men and women's NCAA collegiate athletics in the U.S. She is now a PhD Candidate at Texas A&M University, as she continues her work for CAC and begins her research on Sport for Development and Purposeful Play. Ashlyn was recently named an Ambassador for UEFA Equal Game Campaign, because of her dedication to equality and safe spaces for all people in sport. Outside of her work, Ashlyn is most passionate about traveling the world, learning from new people and places, helping others where she can, and staying active.

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Coach Education with Coaches Across Continents
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Coach Education with Coaches Across Continents

TWO SESSIONS

5:30 - 7:00 pm

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Introduction to Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom - prioritizing games that are fun, provoke critical thinking and team problem-solving, and allow us to explore a broad range of relevant social issues so the group can share what themes are most important for their lives and communities. In one hour we would play 3-4 games with or without equipment focusing on themes like: communication, problem-solving, conflict prevention, asking questions, and having fun.

Participants will take away knowledge and skills to enhance their work in communities and/or gain tools to use play/football as a method of stimulating dialogue and building community. They will also have fun learning about other participating teams/players at the event and exploring a different side of the game we all love!

About Coaches Across Continents

Coaches Across Continents has an adaptable play-based curriculum of over 500 activities to address any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. health and wellbeing, gender equality, peaceful conflict resolution, social inclusion, child rights, etc.). Within the structure of each play-based activity participants will have ample opportunities to contribute their ideas and direct their own learning.

In all on-field programs, Coaches Across Continents commits to:

- Utilizing a unique Self-Directed Learning model that guides participants to identify, address, and solve problems as individuals and a team

- Demonstrating the potential of using Purposeful Play as a tool for social impact, in a unique and intentional method, brought to life by the CAC curriculum

- Bringing together and fostering a strong network of passionate leaders, who seek to make a positive impact in their respective communities

FACILITATORS' BIOS

Nora Dooley

Nora Dooley is the Community and Government Partnerships Manager and a training facilitator for Coaches Across Continents (CAC). In 2012 she graduated from Columbia University after four well spent years on the soccer field. She then joined Grassroot Soccer for a yearlong internship before her career with CAC began in 2013. Over the past 6 years Nora has led trainings for leaders in more than 40 countries across 5 continents and multiple sectors. She manages CAC's delivery of community programs with particular focus on the ASK for Choice initiative that brings gender policies to life in communities around the world. On and off the field you can find Nora playing and engaging in dialogue around existing local and global inequalities and how to move collaborative ideas into collective action.

Ashlyn Hardie

From Greensboro, North Carolina SDL Educator and Legacy Strategist, Ashlyn Hardie, is in her third year with Coaches Across Continents. Before joining CAC, Ashlyn played four years of collegiate soccer at Wingate University while she received her B.S. in Sport Management and Exercise Science, later earning her Masters in Business Administration while coaching men and women's NCAA collegiate athletics in the U.S. She is now a PhD Candidate at Texas A&M University, as she continues her work for CAC and begins her research on Sport for Development and Purposeful Play. Ashlyn was recently named an Ambassador for UEFA Equal Game Campaign, because of her dedication to equality and safe spaces for all people in sport. Outside of her work, Ashlyn is most passionate about traveling the world, learning from new people and places, helping others where she can, and staying active.

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Sport to Empower Girls: Jordan Case Study
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Sport to Empower Girls: Jordan Case Study

Presentation of an in depth case study on how sport can be linked to female empowerment. Presenters are Yasmeen Shabsough and Assmaah Helal.


FACILITATOR BIOS

Yasmeen Shabsough is a Jordanian National Team footballer, 2 x Guinness World Record Holder, and works with GIZ Sport for Development throughout Jordan. Yasmeen started playing football at the age of 12, she won the National League Title 4 times with her professional club. And represented Jordan with the national team in many international tournaments.

Yasmeen works for GIZ S4D she trains PE teachers, football coaches and university students how to combine social skills with sportive skills in developmental workshops, which they then implement in their own community’s training sessions. Most recently Yasmeen began leading youth leadership workshops, inspiring teens to harness their abilities and skills to become the next set of local change makers. In 2016, Yasmeen was part of the local organizing committee for the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup in Jordan.

Assmaah Helal

Assmaah is the Program Operations Manager at Creating Chances, and Football United, and has over ten years' experience combining her passion for sport and education to contribute to strengthening the capacity of young people, particularly, but not exclusively, women and girls, so that they can lead positive change in their communities. Assmaah has a background in youth work, sports development, advocacy and leadership and sits on the advisory committee of GoActive Women. She has curated youth advocacy and leadership programs, camps and forums across Australia, the Commonwealth and in Indonesia.

Natasha Hill

Having played football for two years it wasn't until volunteering as a coach for Football United in 2012 that Natasha Hill learnt about the endless ways football can be used to create positive change, and since has developed a tremendous passion for the sport. Her commitment, hard work and passion for football led her to be selected, as one of just ten people, from around the world to attend an international workshop run by UN Women in partnership with Valencia Football Club. Natasha is a highly respected and inspirational member of her community and has been instrumental in increasing female participation in football over the years. She is currently the President of Punchbowl United Football Club, coach of the Under 14 Girls team and All Age Women’s team as well as a member of the Canterbury District & Soccer Football Associations Committee for Female Football. Natasha is also the Community Programs Coordinator for Football United (Creating Chances), using football as a vehicle to drive positive youth development and social cohesion.

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Discover Football Film Screening and Q&A
Jun
29
9:00 PM21:00

Discover Football Film Screening and Q&A

FACILITATOR BIOS

Friederike Möller Bhering

I am part of DISCOVER FOOTBALL since the Football Festival 2016. Before I was already joining the DF CLUB where I learned how to play. There my interest for the sport developed into a much deeper desire to face up to the whole subject of women's football. I am a true Berliner but through my university time in which I focused on different religions and cultures I became quite international. A feeling I still love to hold on to. Therefore, DISCOVER FOOTBALL’S transnational approach is especially important to me. It fills me with extra pleasure helping women to connect worldwide.

Johanna Small

Driving social change through football is my passion and I have enjoyed being part of various aspects of the game - as a player, coach, league administrator, association staff and activist. I joined DISCOVER FOOTBALL in 2010 for its first festival, and have a professional background in sport science and psychology, with expertise in education through football. This ranges from topics such as women's empowerment, inclusion and anti-discrimination, sexual reproductive health rights, HIV to FGM and child marriage. My work in football education projects has taken me to placements in India, France, Germany, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.

Dana Rösiger

I support DISCOVER FOOTBALL since 2010 mainly as photographer and Public Relations Manager. I am a Germany based photographer who mainly focusing on women’s and human rights. I strive to combine the aesthetics and expressive power of photography with the goal of letting the world know about social, ecological and economic injustices. Professionally I am a press spokeswoman for SAP, a global IT company.

Pia Mann

I have worked as an organizer for DISCOVER FOOTBALL since 2012. Besides women’s empowerment, my focus at DISCOVER FOOTBALL is on LGBTIQ rights. I am a professional social worker and trainer for LGBTIQ sensitization with a background in Systemic Counselling. In my free time, I am an active football player with DFC Kreuzberg, a queer feminist football club founded by Discover Football.


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Co-Ed Gender Awareness on the Field
Jun
30
12:00 PM12:00

Co-Ed Gender Awareness on the Field

Welcome to DISCOVER FOOTBALL. As a non-profit organization we use sport as a tool to empower women and promote intercultural understanding. We organize international exchanges, conferences and tournaments during which women and girls build skills and share knowledge that helps them gain autonomy, mobility and power.

At the Equal Playing Field Cultural Program, you have the chance to join us in a Gender Awareness Workshop. In a mixed group we will deal with stereotypes and try out some blind football.

Let's get started! Sign up for the workshop now and come over. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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Women's Empowerment on the Field
Jun
30
1:30 PM13:30

Women's Empowerment on the Field

Women's Empowerment on the Field with DISCOVER Football

Welcome to DISCOVER FOOTBALL. As a non-profit organization we use sport as a tool to empower women and promote intercultural understanding. We organize international exchanges, conferences and tournaments during which women and girls build skills and share knowledge that helps them gain autonomy, mobility and power.

At the Equal Playing Field Cultural Program, you have the chance to join us in a Women's Empowerment Workshop. In a women-only group, you can look forward to an active workout in which we playfully talk about the history and future of women's football.

Let's get started! Sign up for the workshop now and come over. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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#TeamUp to Empower Women and Girls through Sport
Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

#TeamUp to Empower Women and Girls through Sport

Former participants of the Global Sport Mentoring Program by the US Department of States and the University of Teneessee Center for Sport Peace and Society will share their tips and stories on how sport can empower women and girls. It will be about women leadership and the crazy use of sport to level up women and girls.

FACILITATORS

Carole Ponchon is the founder of BeInnovActiv in France.

Júlia Vergueiro is the owner and CEO of Pelado Real Futebol Clube in Brazil.

Silvija Mitevska is the President and Program Director of TAKT NGO in Macedonia.

Akhona Makalima is the first certified female soccer referee in South Africa.

Caroline Lembe is a boxing trainer at N’Wicha Boxing School in Belgium.

Carmen Pozo Rios is the founder of Super Poderosas and first female sports journalist in Bolivia.

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Shooting with Professional Coaches
Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Shooting with Professional Coaches

Improve your shooting with professional coaches Kim and Deena!


COACH BIOS

Kim Smith

Kim Smith played soccer at the University of Virginia while earning a BA in English Literature & Composition. She continued her soccer career playing in Japan’s Division 1 L League for the OKI FC Winds, in Germany’s Bundesliga for FC1 Saarbrucken, and in the USA for the Raleigh Wings and Sacramento Storm. Kim earned her National C Coaching License and has been coaching at the club and high school level for the past 14 years in Los Angeles. She is currently the Athletic Director at The Archer School for Girls where she is also headed into her eighth season as Varsity Soccer Head Coach. Kim has been a member of Equal Playing Field Initiative for the past three years and achieved two world records in Africa and Jordan prior to the upcoming France attempt. She is committed to creating awareness and change for girls and equity in sport and believes that sport has the power to transform lives.

Deena Abdel Rahman

Deena and her husband own a football academy in Bahrain where they have been living for almost 10 years. She started her coaching career at 17 along side playing pro for Fulham FC and represented England at youth level. During this time she completed a degree in sports science and gained coaching experience in USA, Egypt and with Fulham and Arsenal before moving to Bahrain. In January this year Bahrain gained silver in the West Asia Cup narrowly missing out to Jordan. Deena has been a part of Equalplayingfieldinitiative in both their previous world records and is excited to be a part of the latest adventure taking place in France.

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Marketing Women's Football
Jul
1
11:30 AM11:30

Marketing Women's Football

Effective marketing: identifying and developing marketing assets in women’s football.

Imagine a world where the majority of brands in sport are seen, engaged and connected with fans in a meaningful way. As a sports marketing consultant, Xavi creates content and provide marketing services for women’s football players, clubs and events. He has worked for UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, the NWSL player “Rocky” Rodríguez and Mundo Deportivo.

The workshop will be focused on the following areas:

1) Analysing the business of women’s football

2) Learning from marketing lessons to grow women’s football

3) Practice: developing an effective marketing campaign

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Festival of Football: Film Event
Jul
1
3:00 PM15:00

Festival of Football: Film Event

** This is a separate ticketed event hosted by Radiant J Productions at Institut Lumière **


Join us for two special screenings about women in sports who are breaking the glass ceiling.

Equal Playing Field and Radiant J. Productions are proud to present, Festival of Football : Film Fest! After our incredible players bring home their third World Record, we'll show the documentary that chronicles their remarkable journey, as well as an inspiring film about one woman's fight to obtain a UEFA A coaching license.

There will be delicious food, libations and the filmmakers and athletes from both films will be in attendance. The schedule is below!

100% of ticket sales go into Equal Playing Field's work with impoverished youth at football clinics all around the world.

For more information or press inquiries, please email info@radiantjproductions.com


15:00-16:00 // Doors open, welcome remarks and snacks

16:00-17:00 // COACH THE FILM

25 min runtime

15 min Q&A with Filmmakers and Coach Tracy Hamm

Coach follows Tracy Hamm in her quest to earn the internationally renowned UEFA A coaching license. Hamm turned to Europe after her efforts to pursue a top license from U.S. Soccer were obstructed by requirements that candidates seeking waivers to bypass lower certification levels must have played three years of professional soccer. When she graduated from college in 2006, no professional women’s league existed in the United States.

17:00-19:00 // EQUAL PLAYING FIELD

90 min runtime

20 min Q&A with EPF co-founder, players and director

Join an all-star team of heroic women on a journey that tests the courage of their spirits. 30 female soccer players from 24 different countries, summit Mount Kilimanjaro and descend to the Dead Sea, to play the highest and lowest elevation soccer matches ever played. Our film documents these remarkable women, as they endure physical and emotional challenges climbing and playing these games, in order to set two new Guinness World Records to shine a light on gender equality in sport.

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Shooting Skills with Professional Coaches
Jul
1
10:00 PM22:00

Shooting Skills with Professional Coaches

Improve your shooting with professional coaches Kim and Deena!


COACH BIOS

Kim Smith

Kim Smith played soccer at the University of Virginia while earning a BA in English Literature & Composition. She continued her soccer career playing in Japan’s Division 1 L League for the OKI FC Winds, in Germany’s Bundesliga for FC1 Saarbrucken, and in the USA for the Raleigh Wings and Sacramento Storm. Kim earned her National C Coaching License and has been coaching at the club and high school level for the past 14 years in Los Angeles. She is currently the Athletic Director at The Archer School for Girls where she is also headed into her eighth season as Varsity Soccer Head Coach. Kim has been a member of Equal Playing Field Initiative for the past three years and achieved two world records in Africa and Jordan prior to the upcoming France attempt. She is committed to creating awareness and change for girls and equity in sport and believes that sport has the power to transform lives.

Deena Abdel Rahman

Deena and her husband own a football academy in Bahrain where they have been living for almost 10 years. She started her coaching career at 17 along side playing pro for Fulham FC and represented England at youth level. During this time she completed a degree in sports science and gained coaching experience in USA, Egypt and with Fulham and Arsenal before moving to Bahrain. In January this year Bahrain gained silver in the West Asia Cup narrowly missing out to Jordan. Deena has been a part of Equalplayingfieldinitiative in both their previous world records and is excited to be a part of the latest adventure taking place in France.

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