19 February 2024

The football academy that provides opportunities beyond sports

Boys and girls of different ages form a circle on the Canchunchú Nuevo sports field in Carúpano, in the state of Sucre, located on the northeastern coast of Venezuela. There is no grass, just dirt, a couple of houses with blaring music and the strong midday sun beating down on their heads. They listen to instructions from their coaches on what…, A playing field that provides security, Over 130 kilometers east of Carúpano and more than 650 kilometers from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, is Guiria, also part of the state of Sucre. Here lives 13-year-old Yannelitza Vera. She walks slowly with a pink bag and matching shorts. To get home she crosses the municipal cemetery, among tombs, graves, and weeds. "I imagine being in the…, More than just football, Before dawn in Carúpano, Emma Carolina Millán's house smells of freshly brewed coffee and fried empanadas for breakfast. The clock strikes six in the morning and the rest of her family members are waking up one by one. They say good morning to each other, brush their teeth and get dressed to start their day. Blood ties aside, they all have…, No limits on age or gender, Although Emma Carolina Millán always liked football when she watched it at home with her father and uncles, she never imagined she would be part of a team. It's all been positive changes: Misericordia F.C. has been a place where she has made friends and met people she can call family. As a mother of three, Misericordia F.C. has also meant a space…