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Coach Education with Coaches Across Continents

  • Groupama OL Academy 8 Rue Mélina Mercouri 69330 Meyzieu France (map)


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


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.