KB is running a campaign for 2017 to highlight an important message that our Sports Educators will pass on to the children under the KB program. Areas that are highlighted are gender equality and the eradication of violence as a means to resolve conflict. Todd Smith and Sreymom from Ripple Effect Cambodia spent a day recently training our Sports Educators in how to present the campaign to the children.
More to come on this important KB project!!
Sreyno is a 16 years old deaf girl, studying in Grade 8 at Krousar Thmey special school and in the nearby public school (half day each every day). But above all, she is a sport lover since her childhood. A passion that Krousar Thmey together with Kampuchea Balopp helped to develop through rugby:
“I started playing rugby 3 years ago. I did not know it before, since I used to play football only. Sport has always been a good way to make friends at public school. I have more opportunities to communicate with informal Sign Language than in class. Now, I love playing rugby as much as I used to love playing football. I even stopped playing football to focus on rugby. I truly enjoy the fighting spirit, especially during the scrum”.
Indeed, since October 2015, thanks to Australian Aid and UNICEF Cambodia, Krousar Thmey has been implementing a program to facilitate access to sport for children and youths with visual or hearing impairment. This was made possible by the exclusive partnership existing between KT and Kampuchea Balopp, which started by teaching rugby and athletics to students with disabilities couple of years before.
The goal of this new project is to make sport part of the usual schedule at school for all students, as it is planned by the Ministry of Education. And it now happens. Students from Grade 1 to Grade 12 can join diverse sport classes at KT special schools, thanks to teachers trained by Kampuchea Balopp on sport pedagogy for children with visual or hearing impairment. Eventually, access to sport has an incredible impact on the inclusion of Krousar Thmey pupils.
“My family truly supports me since I started playing rugby. They always want to know when I will play and where I will go. Other friends at public schools also ask me. I truly enjoy playing with other children from other schools and NGOs. Whether I play only with deaf teammates or with hearing teammates doesn’t change that much. We manage to understand each other.”
Sreyno became a living example of inclusion through sport. Even if she enjoys discovering new sports at school, rugby remains her favorite.
“Last month, I went to Thailand to play an Asian rugby tournament. I was the only deaf girl in the Cambodian team. Even if it was sometimes difficult to communicate, I truly enjoyed it. I would do it again. Actually, I even would like to become a professional player. I don’t know if it will be possible, but my teacher at Krousar Thmey helps me to improve. However, for now, I focus on my studies, at least until High School national exam that I will takehopefully in 4years”.
SPREAD THE WORDS! DATES ARE SET…
We are very excited to announce the CAMBODIA TENS 2017 edition will take place this year on the 28 & 29 of OCTOBER in Phnom Penh. We welcome again WOMEN’s contact, MEN’s contact and OLD BOYS (+35) contact teams to register to this great social competition 10-a-side. Registration form is available, please contact us at email@example.com
The KAMPUCHEA BALOPP team.
FIRST KB DAY OF THE YEAR
Kampuchea Balopp is very proud to announce that it won the Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award for 2016!
The winner was announced in London on Monday the 14th of November at World Rugby’s Conference and Exhibition 2016 (ConfEx) and the trophy was presented to KB representative Frederic Hervouet by Rhino CEO Reg Clarke and former WASPS and England Captain Lawrence Dallaglio . The full list of shortlisted candidates were:
1. The Batumi International Beach Rugby Festival (Georgia)
2. The Cronk-Cunis National Under 21 Festival (England)
3. Kampuchea Balopp (Cambodia).
4. The Los Vegas Invitational Tournament (USA)
5. The Piotrowice Nyskie International Rugby Festival (Poland)
We very much appreciate the work of Rhino in supporting grassoots rugby!