Since 2007 HotFutbol has conducted coaching seminars with nationally and internationally certified coaches from the U.S. and Europe for several hundred coaches throughout Haiti and provided professional level player training and equipment for youth teams, including the mens’ amputee teams in and around Port au Prince, as well as teams in St. Marc and Leogane. We have facilitated cross cultural exchanges between soccer teams in the U.S. and Haiti by bringing U17 players to Haiti and supporting a U14 team from Haiti to travel to the U.S. During trainings we have offered health clinics, first aid training and partnered with the Sanneh Foundation to form the Haitian Initiative to increase our ability to train more children. HotFutbol received a grant in 2011 that allowed them to build a computer lab in a school in Jacquet (Delmas 95), where we got our start. Ongoing support and training continues for the Jacquet school through school partnerships established in Massachusetts, the home of HotFutbol.
HotFutbol is presently working in collaboration with a grassroots committee invested in increasing the effectiveness of Park Izmery in the Delmas 33 zone. As a result of two years of relationship building and program work, that committee requested that HotFutbol partner with them to further develop the infrastructure, operational management and programming at Park Izmery. Park Izmery is dedicated to the memory of the late Antoine and George Izmery, two brothers committed to the welfare of the poor and principles of Haitian democracy. We partner with local NGO’s working in Haiti and believe through collaborative effort the park can become self-sustaining financially, and allow for the realization of the park’s full potential as a space that brings community members together and fosters civic engagement.
After signing a lease with the land owners in December 2013, and acknowledging the fact that no after-school soccer program was open and available to all children regardless of their skill level, family economic situation, or gender, HF developed a free after school futbol program for children ages 6-13 years old. All players must be enrolled in school and must pass each of their courses to remain in the program. Linking together education and play, HotFutbol seeks to grow strong community leaders. Though the program is free to children, other than the required 25 gourdes given to the Haitian Soccer Federation for the child’s affiliation badge, both children and parents are expected to contribute to the program through a variety of ways including helping with the field maintenance, service activities in the community, and the maintenance and cleaning of program equipment and uniforms. As community stewards all players must adhere to a code of conduct both on and off the field allowing them to serve as an example for other children not only the community but also in their schools and places of worship. Presently there are 160 players consisting of 130 males and 30 females.