Foundation Stories: Chattanooga FC and Operation Get Active

 (April 5, 2017) -- Each year, the NSCAA Foundation awards grants and scholarships to coaching education programs by providing direct financial support to applicants. 

Today, we highlight one such program and the incredible impact the NSCAA Foundation is having across the United States.

Chattanooga Football Club, a member of the National Premier Soccer League since 2009, created Operation Get Active as a public health initiative through the team's CFC Foundation to strengthen the local community through soccer. The Operation encourages youth to live active lifestyles by introducing children to the sport via after-school sessions, which include a healthy snack along with important nutrition and health curriculum. 

The program, which reaches hundreds of kids at inner-city elementary schools and city recreation centers, recently received an NSCAA Foundation grant to host the Association's 7v7/9v9 Coaching Diploma last month. A total of 23 Operation Get Active coaches -- ranging from teachers, school support staff and city of Chattanooga recreation staff -- participated in the course, led by NSCAA instructor Ali Arman.

Suffice to say, the experience generated positive results and positive feedback from all involved.

“The NSCAA training course provided an overwhelming amount of useful activities for the kids we work with," said OGA co-ordinator Julian Ramirez. "Each activity was broken down to help us better understand and figure out how we could implement them into our daily sessions.”

"I thoroughly enjoyed the 7v7/9v9 diploma! The session was fun and very informative," said OGA Senior Coach Michael Carroll. “I think it was most useful to include the characteristics of different age groups while also demonstrating age-specific activities. The instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable. I have already began to use the online resources available to us as trial members, as well as several of the activities demonstrated in the course.”

“This was such a great course! It helped me develop so much as a coach," said OGA Senior Coach Bekah Kanoff. "The instructor, Ali, did a wonderful job at showing us a wide variety of activities that are both fun and challenging for my kids.”

“This training course really helped me advance my session-planning skills. My activities are more fun, efficient and better at developing the skills the players need even more than they were before," said OGA Senior Coach Patrick Buchanan. "Easy-to-understand classroom work transitioned to fun learning on the field, discussing every part of what can make a training session great. Overall, I learned a lot and I had a great time doing it.”

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