Open Field is seeking volunteers to join us in fulfilling our mission to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport. We're looking for folks to join our growing team in a variety of roles. Become a coach mentor and implement soccer + life skills programming for immigrant and refugee youth or share your passion or skill set with youth participants in a "Mini Seminar" after a training session.
We ask that you commit to one session / one afternoon/evening per week in one community. It can 'float’.. i.e., if North Side programs are Tue/Thur and you commit to Tues and occasionally switch to Thurs, that is fine. However, to make sure we have a good coach to player ratio, it's preferred to stick to the same night each week.
We will also have additional meetings throughout the season to discuss issues that come up, review new games and learning outcomes, etc.
During the Spring Season, sessions start sometime between 4pm-5pm (likely 4:30pm)
Here's a breakdown of the session, which typically run between 75-90 minutes:
Check-in / attendance - 5-10 mins
Warm-ups and stretching - 10 mins
Life skills activity - 5-10 mins
Brief discussion - 5-10 mins
Soccer skill / drill of the day - 10 mins
Play - 30 mins
Cool down / review of topic - 10 mins
There will be virtual training seminars (via Zoom) in March to connect with other volunteers and learn more about Open Field’s approach to youth development through soccer.
Background checks / clearances to work with youth are required!
COVID-19 Safety Protocol in place and will be followed.
6401 Penn Ave, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, US
Our mission is to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport. Our sport-based programming creates a safe space for youth to play and learn, with an educational topic connected to every practice and game. Youth participants take on leadership roles as coaches, referees, and mentors to their peers. Youth emerge from our programs with new skills to succeed in school and in the workforce.
Open Field, (formerly known as CameroonFDP) was founded in 2010 to fill a void in social infrastructure in Southwest Cameroon by implementing sport-based educational programs using soccer to focus on leadership, life skills, and health education. A registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, CameroonFDP is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is supported by FIFA Football for Hope. Our Super Cup to Develop Leaders and Super Cup to Empower Girls, regional soccer comptitions held in 2015 and 2016 respectively, created life-changing experiences for about 150 boys and girls and engaged hundreds more in educational soccer-centric programs.
In 2016, Open Field began working to create a sustainable sport for development model to replicate and scale. We call this model PLAY4PURPOSE and it integrates health, education, and employment into the game of soccer. PLAY4PURPOSE Match Day connects 7 core values with 7 pre and post-game activities. Teams are awarded points for demonstrating understanding of the values and knowledge about the topic of the day. Values include punctuality/preparedness, respect, fair play, team work, good sportsmanship, being a role model, and community engagement. Activities include warm-ups using educational games, players answering questions from the referee, team captains reading "motivational statements" to spectators, and monitoring the behaviour of coaches and players on and off the field. We don't just play. We Play. Lead. Inspire.
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Sports & Recreation
Mon Apr 05, 2021 - Fri Jun 25, 2021
04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
34 Kenwood Ave(Fowler Park field)PittsburghPittsburgh, PA15214