Coach Chad Fakkema, Lynden Christian

Tanzania 2019

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Africa with a teaching colleague and local contractor to support the ministry of a missionary couple that our church supports. The purpose of this trip was to start planning for a large 2020 mission trip that will include a coaching clinic, education symposium and building opportunities. Nathan and Emily Rottier work with YWAM and are running New+Vision Soccer, which is a NW Washington non-profit, in Arusha, Tanzania.

I had the opportunity start the coaching clinic by teaching “The Basics of Coaching” course to 10 New+Vision Coaches, which included the national standards of coaching. We met for 3 days, covering things such as philosophies of coaching, creating and conducting practices, training programs, and skill growth. It has been a dream and a great experience for me to use the knowledge I have gained through higher education, coaching, and playing experience to share with those who are so eager to learn.  I had the opportunity to attend practices and evaluate them, giving them feedback, and having meaningful conversations with them and with each other about how to become better coaches and how to improve their overall soccer program.

The goal is to return in the June of 2020 with more coaches to teach the next level coaching course, which will include coaching leadership, body language, positive culture, and help oversee a youth soccer camp before their season begins in July. If there is anyone interested in going and helping with the coaching clinic, education symposium, or building projects in 2020, please feel free to contact cfakkema@lyncs.org.

The picture includes, Coach Chad Fakkema from Lynden Christian (top right), 9 New+Vision Coaches that include the age groups of U15, U13, and U10, as well as Tanzanian Semi-Pro Team, Coach Nathan Rottier (top left) is the Director of Coaching and coach for the Semi-Pro Team for New+Vision Soccer.