House of Sport, Broendby Stadion 20
- Democracy and community development
- International/Cultural relations
- Youth and education
CCPA exists for the purpose of developing, participating in as well as implementing projects cutting across cultural lines, which have as their main objective the promotion of reconciliation and integration among people through dialogue and collaboration. (Annex A – Statutes of CCPA)
CCPA is especially known for the Open Fun Football School program that is being implemented in 22 conflict sensitive countries around the world as tool to foster
1. reconciliation and coexistence – i.e. stimulate fellowship and cooperation through deliberate games and sport between people that are living in communities affected by war and conflicts; (All partner countries)
2. active citizenship and club formation – i.e. stimulate the formation of community sport clubs which is characterized by keywords as voluntarism, equality, parents involvement, bottom-up civil society and the basic principle of ‘Sport-for-All’ (All partner countries)
3. Cross-sector Juvenile Crime Prevention (SSP) – the formation of a cross sector crime prevention network (School+Sport+Police) in local communities in accordance with Danish patterns. (Balkan, CEC and Trans Caucasus)
4. Youth - i.e. encourage and prepare a generation of young women and men to participate, achieve influence, enhance active citizenship, social engineering, peace and democracy. (MENA)
From 1998-2014 CCPA has….
• Educated over 34,000 local leaders and coaches – all volunteers - in the specific fun-football-approach on regional seminars of (3-days duration/60-80 hours);
• Organized 1,887 OFFS (5-days duration) for 371,316 boys and girls from 7-12 years old;
• Organized day-to-day activities for 6,673 children living in refugee camps or at the Cross Cultures School Academies;
• Organized Fun Football Festivals (1-day duration) for 518,531boys and girls from 7-12 years old;
• Recruited over 74,442 local leaders, coaches, coach assistants and parents – all volunteers – to organize Open Fun Football School activities and Fun Football Festivals;
• Organized workshops and parents meetings for 47,797 parents and municipal officials;
• Stimulated and assisted the formation of over 2,500 new community sport clubs/teams that are organizing grassroots football and other activities for children and youth in local communities on a day-to-day basis.
CCPA cannot contribute a lot to the Network in Denmark. But we can contribute to the network by organising workshops, seminars and activities in all our partner countries. First, all our activities are organized across ethnic, social, religious or political divides on a so-called twin-city approach where children and voluntary coaches meet and interacts across conflict barriers and divides. Second, we consider CCPA as an open platform in local communities. Thus in our approach to the local communities we always try to involve as many different stakeholders in our activities, e.g. children, their parents, municipality officials, primary school teachers, local sponsors, community police, regional and national football associations, the local media, ministy of youth and sports and many others.
We would like to explore possibilities to find new partners in the MENA region we can partner up with and if possible make joined programs together with.
Further I had the great pleasure to be panelist at the OSCE Security Day together with the President of the Anna Lindh Foundation and learned that the Anna Lindh Foundation both have a strong focus on social integration, bottom-up approaches and exchange and in this way we have a lot in common.