TEAM (Trabajando en Equipo Aprendemos Más) Granada is an SWB core program
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Throughout Nicaragua, girls sport and recreational opportunities are not prioritized when compared to the number of opportunities offered to their male peers. Being a member of SWB Granada automatically provides participants with a strong identity to a program that offers a safety net of supportive mentors and peers that they likely would not find elsewhere in their communities. This welcoming space provides the girls with the opportunity to learn life-skills, learn soccer and receive the support necessary to become leaders within their owncommunities.
T.E.A.M. (Trabajando en Equipo Aprendemos Más) works most closely with girls ages 7-16 in the city of Granada located an hour south of Nicaragua's capital, Managua. T.E.A.M. Granada initially began working with 25 girls in February, 2008, and has grown to more than 100 registered participants year-round, while supporting an additonal 1,000+ annually through camps and clinics.
Currently there are four groups, las Mariposas Juniors (7-9 year olds), las Mariposas Seniors (10-11 year olds), las Estrellas (12-14 years old) and Sweetlake FC (13-16 year olds). The program also supports a Premier Women's League team for girls and women who have aged out of the Core Program. These teams practice two to three times per week depending on age and meet for activity nights an addition two days per week. In addition to regular weekly programming, multiple workshops are offered each season in which local women share their unique expertise with the participants, or local organizations share their expertise and teach valuable lessons. Additionally, older teams compete in a predominantly male weekend soccer league and homework hours are open to all participants before activity nights.
To support the growth of girls soccer and encourage quality youth coaching in and around Granada, SWB Granada staff frequently host coaches clinics and coach local gym classes, supporting local infrastructure through equipment donations and coaching resources.
Mary McVeigh, Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larkin Brown, Program Coordinator: email@example.com
Josh Hardester, Local Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Balladares, Team Leader- Estrella Seniors
Jennifer Bell, Team Leader- Mariposa Seniors, Facility Manager
Estefan Bolanos, Team Leader- Estrella Seniors
Collin Burks, Team Leader- Estrella Juniors, M&E Associate
Hassell Chavez Bustamante, Team Leader- Mariposa Juniors
Eden Guadamuz, Team Leader- Estrella Juniors
Allie Horwitz, Team Leader- Estrella Seniors, External Relations Associate
Helen Ramirez Montiel, Assistant- Estrella Juniors
Cesar Morales, Team Leader- Mariposa Seniors
Cathlene Webster, Team Leader- Mariposa Juniors, Bookkeeper
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Meet the participants of SWB Granada