Our mission is to use the power of soccer to help save the lives of children living at daily risk from landmines and explosive remnants of war in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Using a unique curriculum of Mine Risk Education (MRE) alongside soccer games and drills, Spirit of Soccer teaches simple and effective lessons that help children recognize and avoid landmines and explosive remnants of war.
Spirit of Soccer is a non-profit, charitable organization registered in both the UK and the USA. Our primary goal is to reduce child casualties caused by landmines and ERW but we also enhance our curriculum to address specific local issues - such as drug and alcohol abuse in Moldova and Cambodia.
Our programs focus on those most directly at risk - young people aged 8-16 living in communities polluted by landmines and ERW. Spirit of Soccer works with boys and girls and does not discriminate on religious, ethnic or political grounds - we have held inter-faith camps in Cambodia and trained Sunni, Shia and Christian coaches in Iraq.
Spirit of Soccer is committed to making our programs locally-owned. Typically, 90% of project staff members are locals who come from mine-polluted communities. We believe in an approach which promotes and values first-hand knowledge and experience, community pride, responsibility and sustainability.
According to the United Nations report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children there are '110 million landmines of various types - plus millions more unexploded bombs, shells and grenades - remain hidden around the world, waiting to be triggered by the innocent and unsuspecting'. Children in at least 68 countries worldwide are living at daily risk from landmines and ERW and Spirit of Soccer is committed to helping wherever we can to deliver our mission - enriching and saving lives through the beautiful game.