THE PSNI NETWORK and PLAY SOCCER NONPROFIT INTERNATIONAL (PSNI)

WHAT IS THE PSNI NETWORK? PSNI serves as an umbrella organization for a constellation of independent national organizations that share and implement the PSNI common core program, Play for Fun, Learn for Life. Each Network organization delivers a Play for Fun, Learn for Life program adapted to local conditions and need as well as locally designed adjunct activities that further specific objectives and outcomes relevant to that community. Each Network organization must meet basic PSNI organizational and program standards to remain in the Network. PSNI and the PSNI Network are committed to good governance, accountability, transparency and to a quality Play for Fun, Learn for Life core program.

Network organizations operate independently from PSNI, legally and financially, under the governance of a local Board of Directors and national law. The PSNI coordinates and communicates their common mission under its “umbrella.” PSNI represents the Network internationally and is recognized by the United Nations with Consultative Status on the roster of nongovernmental organizations. Together, PSNI and the Network share a common “DNA” and development through sport mission. PSNI provides its intellectual property to the Network organizations, without cost: the Play for Fun, Learn for Life program curriculum, the PSNI logo and brand, organizational and other proprietary materials and nonfinancial resources. The Network benefits from these supportive cost- effective shared resources--including access to donors, communication, fundraising modalities, brand recognition, peer and other learning resources and educational materials.

Originally, when PSNI was helping to establish the national Network organizations, it provided financial resources, “jump start” funding. A key objective was to build national capacity for self- sufficient sustainability. Over time, as the Network organizations have grown into fully independent organizations, PSNI no longer provides financial support. They are expected to raise their own resources and to be financially independent. However, PSNI still can and does raise funds to support, improve and share its intellectual property for the program and training resources. These are “learning community” resources that feed the Network’s shared “DNA” and mission.

Recently, the PSNI Network has begun to expand with a new model. PSNI has begun to develop a limited number of partnerships with established, financially independent organizations who share the PSNI mission, want to introduce the Play for Fun, Learn for Life program and become part of the PSNI Network.

As of the Fall of 2017 the PSNI NETWORK is comprised of:

PLAY SOCCER Nonprofit International (PSNI)

PSNI is USA nonprofit organization, established in 1999, with charitable tax exempt 501 C 3 status under the US Internal Revenue Service. Headquartered in the USA, PSNI operates under the governance of an international Board of Directors who are responsible for the oversight of the USA program as well as the PSNI umbrella relationship with the independent organizations in the PSNI Network.

USA

PLAY SOCCER Nonprofit International (PSNI). Since 2015 PSNI has focused USA program resources in Trenton, New Jersey. This flagship USA program has been tailored to respond to/address the key public health challenges of the City of Trenton which community research identified to include chronic and noncommunicable disease such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and hypertension/cardiovascular disease, health literacy, violence and crime, substance abuse and behavioral health. PSNI has been developing its program curriculum and research to test the hypothesis that recreational soccer and activity-based educational programs such as Play for Fun, Learn for Life can contribute effectively as a public health intervention for socio-economic community development.

The PSNI Trenton program collaborates with various large-scale City initiatives and reaches approximately 500 children each year. It will expand as funding permits. PSNI currently provides Play for Fun, Learn for Life afterschool programs in the City of Trenton public elementary and middle schools, City recreation centers, and during the summer, in public parks. In addition, PSNI has started a Trenton Youth Soccer League and is providing leadership to increase soccer infrastructure for its own and other soccer programs throughout the City. These programs collaborate with and contribute to the objectives of various large-scale City of Trenton initiatives noted below. The Trenton initiatives, which are coordinated through a community health improvement collaborative that includes municipal government, the public schools, various NGOs and faith based institutions as well as hospitals and health centers, aim to create pro-health policies, systems, infrastructure; support the utilization of multi-sector community resources and partnerships; peer learning, and broadly advance the improvement of health and wellbeing.

These initiatives include for example: the “Transforming Communities Initiative” (TCI) of the Trinity Health Foundation which is ongoing in 8 US cities; and the “BUILD Health Challenge”, a national program that focuses on “Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local and Data Driven” projects to address the most pressing health challenges. BUILD is creating a “SAFE and HEALTHY Corridor “within the North Ward of the City.

PSNI believes its participation and program in Trenton provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate the potential of recreational soccer as a complex cost effective public health intervention. PSNI aims to learn from the experience and create a replicable global model.

CAMEROON

PLAY SOCCER CAMEROON, first established in 2006 has recently renewed its registration certificate and resumed its official status to operate in the NorthWest Province, in the area near Bamenda in two communities within Batibo Subdivision: Nnen site, Bessi site, and Kujei/Nkondoh site. Both are part of the English speaking area of Cameroon which has been broadly affected in recent years by the political situation and tensions with the French speaking regions. Municipal services, schools, communication facilities have all been destabilized and or closed, and the area has also reported issues with Boko Haram. The schools remain closed within these localities but PLAY SOCCER Cameroon sites have been operational despite the difficult situation, holding twice weekly sessions. These are:

  • Nnen site: 6 volunteers (2 females and 4 males) with a total of 99 kids (38 females and 61 males); day of operations is twice weekly on Mondays & Wednesdays.
  • Bessi site: 7 volunteers (3 females and 4 males) with a total of 113 kids (43 females and 70 males); day of operations is twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Nkondoh site: 10 volunteers (4 females and 6 males) with a total of 156 kids (58 females and 98 males); day of operations is twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Sites in both communities implement the Play for Fun, Learn for Life program with added other local games to add to the fun filled sessions. They have been collaborating with the churches and other community social gatherings to add impetus to the program, and to provide the children and youth educational and physical activity in the absence of school and other programming.

GHANA

PLAY SOCCER GHANA was established in 2001, the first Network organization and program in Africa. The core Play for Fun, Learn for Life program has 440 children at 11 sites, taught by 22 instructors in 6 regions of Ghana:

  • Eastern Region: Asiakwa SOS and Bunsu
  • Northern Region: Tamale SOS and Tuutingli
  • Ashanti Region: Pakyi
  • Greater Accra Region: Tema SOS, Tema Manhean and Ashiaman
  • Western Region: Poase
  • Central Region: Cape Coast Esikafoambantem/Ouguaa Football for Hope Centre and Cape Deaf
In addition, Play Soccer Ghana engages 420 students, ages 12-15 years in a Manchester City Kicking for Change Project. This multi-year project which continues through December 2018 includes components of the core Play for Fun, Learn for Life program plus a major education component that is implemented by 15 instructors in Ghana schools in 7 communities in the Cape Coast metropolis area and the Elmina and Moree Districts.

At the Cape Coast, Central Region head office. Play Soccer Ghana also provides a Street League Program for 70 plus young adults which includes social and vocational skill training, and Structured Homework Program with sessions that help and support about 40 basic school pupils to improve their academic skills and educational achievement.

MALAWI

PLAY SOCCER MALAWI renewed its mission commitment in 2017 under a new Board of Directors and reopened the program under strong management leadership. The Football Association of Malawi continues to provide office space and other support for the organization. The Play for Fun, Learn for Life program operates in Blantyre at Ndirande-Makata Malabada site. It has 397 children registered, of which approximately 30% are girls, and 15 instructors.

SENEGAL

PLAY SOCCER SENEGAL is currently inactive. PSNI is exploring possibilities to reactivate the program.

SOUTH AFRICA

Play for Fun, Learn for Life South Africa has 300 registered children in the community of Tembisa, Gauteng Province of which about 30% are girls. The organization works closely with the community, particularly the Reagile Primary School to provide additional health, physical education and cultural activities. These activities include a school garden and a partnership with Food and Trees for Africa to encourage nutrition and environmental education. The program is also engaged in efforts to promote youth employment and vocational training through activities with its youth instructors. It has partnered with Youth Bank and works with the Tembisa municipal government and business councils for this purpose. Play for fun, Learn for Life is currently supported entirely through the entrepreneurial efforts of a former program participant who has built on the skills and experience he gained from the program to start his own community development and youth entrepreneurship business.

UGANDA

GIRLS KICK IT (GKI), winner of the Sport for Social Inclusion Award from Beyond Sport 2012, became a partner to PSNI in 2016. GKI is the first partnership PSNI has created in its new model of Network expansion. GKI is an indigenous Community Based Organization based in Gulu in Northern Uganda. It was founded in 2006 aimed at promoting female youth leadership and enhanced life of the girl-child through sports as a tool for socio-economic inclusion and development.

Currently GKI operations has been trimmed down to a couple of schools namely Tegot Atoo Primary school and Laminto Primary school where about 46 girls and boys are benefiting from the PSNI soccer curriculum.

In late 2017 GKI committed to adapt its Play for Fun, Learn for Life programming to include girls and boys with physical disabilities and embarked on work with the Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club (GWBC) for this purpose. Collaboration with Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club will enable a scale up of outreach to two more schools and also double the children’s participation by end of 2018.

ZAMBIA

PLAY SOCCER ZAMBIA is closed.


News December 2017

  • PSNI has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the U. S. Soccer Foundation, the national model for sports-based youth development programs in underserved communities. PSNI was one of eight organizations to receive a U.S. Soccer Foundation grant. This grant will fund lighting at the playing field at the Donnelly Homes Trenton Housing Authority in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • PSNI received $1000 from Target's local soccer grant program. The grant will help PSNI provide professional development for its program coaches in its Trenton program and also provides for the purchase of field equipment and gear.


News November 2017


News October 2017

  • USA program awarded a $24,000 grant under the Trenton Health Team as part of the Trinity Health Foundation "Transforming Communities Initiative". Trenton is one of six USA cities funded in this initiative with the purpose of improving policy, system, and environment change strategies as key drivers to improve a community's health. A community health and well-being strategy aims to improve the health of the entire population in Trenton by addressing the community based social determinants of health.
  • Organizations from 23 countries have registered for the 2017 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth.