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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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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Girls Soccer Camps in Brazil
Jul
1
2:30 PM14:30

Girls Soccer Camps in 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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Off the Pitch and Into work: Being Yourself As a Leader
Jul
1
12:30 PM12:30

Off the Pitch and Into work: Being Yourself As a Leader

Where do you see yourself as a leader in your life and where would you like to become more of a leader?


What is it?

Where do you see yourself as a leader in your life and where would you like to become more of a leader? Do you feel pushed to perform a certain role and struggle to be yourself in the face of responsibilities? This workshop will help you to:

- Define and own the areas of your life in which you are a leader

- Identify what comes in the way of being yourself as a leader

- Respond to such obstacles with the support of other like-minded women and girls

This workshop is open to all girls and women 15 years and older. We have space for 20 people maximum. Do not forget to register if you wish to participate.

Who are we?

Denise Sauerteig conducts research on and builds technology programs that help to improve education for young people around the United States. She also leads organizational learning at the media company where she works in San Francisco, California. She is a passionate and engaged member of Equal Playing Field since the Jordan Quest in 2018

Emma Humphris is a doctoral student at Stanford University working on female leadership and training across the public and private sector. She writes about female police officers and their integration in operational units. She is an unwavering supporter of Equal Playing Field since its very first Guinness World Record on the top of Kilimanjaro.

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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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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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#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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adidas Presents: Digital Storytelling with the Digital Fairy
Jun
30
2:30 PM14:30

adidas Presents: Digital Storytelling with the Digital Fairy

Dynamic digital storytelling with London-based creative studio The Digital Fairy!

London based creative studio,The Digital Fairy, will deliver an interactive and dynamic presentation around digital storytelling. Participants will learn key insights into working with grassroots brands and communities and how key principles for digital storytelling help to deliver against challenging stereotypes as well as promoting your community and showcasing inspiring women in sport.

The session will be followed by a Q&A to allow for further in-depth conversation.

Digital Fairy bio

The Digital Fairy are a London based creative studio and consultancy who build brands through creative communication, design and digital storytelling. They most recently collaborated with the adidas London team and are excited to share this and other impactful campaign ideas with everyone in attendance.

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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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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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adidas Presents Priya Ahluwalia: Upcycle Your Kit
Jun
30
11:30 AM11:30

adidas Presents Priya Ahluwalia: Upcycle Your Kit

Create your own custom football jersey using discarded materials with designer Priya Ahluwalia!

Under the guidance of designer Priya Ahluwalia participants will learn how to create a custom football jersey using discarded/unwanted materials. They will also acquire hacks and techniques for transforming old garments into new kit for teams and communities.

This workshop will help participants get in touch with their own creative expression and will offer an opportunity to try out different DIY techniques to inspire new ways of thinking. Alongside the remanufacturing there will also be the chance to screen-print and take away posters after the session.

Facilitator bio

Priya Ahluwalia is a London based fashion designer and founder of menswear brand, Ahluwalia Studio. Priya takes elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots and explores the life of second hand and deadstock clothing, using textile techniques to give them a new life. Priya has collaborated with adidas Originals at Paris Fashion Week and most recently as a speaker at Study Hall: Sustainability as a Culture in London.

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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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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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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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adidas Presents: Digital Storytelling with the Digital Fairy
Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

adidas Presents: Digital Storytelling with the Digital Fairy

Dynamic digital storytelling with London-based creative studio, The Digital Fairy!

London based creative studio,The Digital Fairy, will deliver an interactive and dynamic presentation around digital storytelling. Participants will learn key insights into working with grassroots brands and communities and how key principles for digital storytelling help to deliver against challenging stereotypes as well as promoting your community and showcasing inspiring women in sport.

The session will be followed by a Q&A to allow for further in-depth conversation.

Digital Fairy Bio

The Digital Fairy are a London based creative studio and consultancy who build brands through creative communication, design and digital storytelling. They most recently collaborated with the adidas London team and are excited to share this and other impactful campaign ideas with everyone in attendance.

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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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adidas Presents Priya Ahluwalia: Upcycle Your Kit
Jun
29
3:30 PM15:30

adidas Presents Priya Ahluwalia: Upcycle Your Kit

Create your custom football jersey using discarded materials with designer Priya Ahluwalia!

Under the guidance of designer Priya Ahluwalia participants will learn how to create a custom football jersey using discarded/unwanted materials. They will also acquire hacks and techniques for transforming old garments into new kit for teams and communities.

This workshop will help participants get in touch with their own creative expression and will offer an opportunity to try out different DIY techniques to inspire new ways of thinking. Alongside the remanufacturing there will also be the chance to screen-print and take away posters after the session.

Facilitator Bio

Priya Ahluwalia is a London based fashion designer and founder of menswear brand, Ahluwalia Studio. Priya takes elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots and explores the life of second hand and deadstock clothing, using textile techniques to give them a new life. Priya has collaborated with adidas Originals at Paris Fashion Week and most recently as a speaker at Study Hall: Sustainability as a Culture in London.

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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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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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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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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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