StrongHER Camp in Chattanooga
In March 2022, we kicked off the first official StrongHER Camp in Chattanooga with our friends at Chattanooga FC and Operation Get Active.
In the course of the program, VfL Wolfsburg coaches are sent to Chattanooga twice a year to conduct 10-week soccer camps. Each camp provides 30 girls from local communities with free access to a quality coaching experience as well as individual mentoring on site. Interested participants are also given the opportunity to receive free coaching training including certification from VfL Wolfsburg.
How our participants experience it
Meet our coaches
The StrongHER Camp is only possible thanks to our great coaches. They bring their experience and empathy to the program and respond to the individual needs of the participants.
Soccer has been a part of Addy's life ever since she can remember. She is thankful that coaching for StrongHer has allowed her to stay involved in the beautiful game, while merging it with her passion for empowering girls and women to live the life they were created to live despite the negative influence of societal standards. Addy remarked that she wouldn't trade this experience or these girls for anything.
Sarah has played soccer her whole life but didn’t start coaching until she volunteered with the CFC Foundation and eventually was invited to be a part of the launch of StrongHER. She played an important role in the pilot season of the program as she was the only coach on staff who had already built relationships with many of the players. She says being a part of StrongHer has been so much fun and she has loved getting to know the girls and supporting them on and off the field.
Carter especially appreciates the importance of StrongHER as she started her own soccer career when she was in middle school, the same age that makes up the StrongHER team. She is passionate about helping girls at that age pursue soccer and stay active. Carter lives down the street from the fields where the team trains, so she is able to support the girls and their families outside of soccer as well!
Who is the StrongHER Camp in Chattanooga for?
The camp is designed for girls from local communities in Chattanooga who would otherwise not have the opportunity to access quality soccer training.
When will the next StrongHER camps be held in Chattanooga?
StrongHER Camp in Chattanooga is held twice a year for ten weeks each. There is a spring term and a fall term.
How to apply for a StrongHER Camp?
The selection process for participants is conducted locally by our partners at Operation Get Active. If you are from Chattanooga and would like to participate in a camp yourself or nominate someone, please contact Julian@operationgetactive.com
Is there a fee for participating in the StrongHER Camp?
There is no fee. Participation in our StrongHER camps is completely free of charge.
Will there be StrongHER Camps in other cities?
Following our pilot project in Chattanooga, we plan to bring StrongHER Camps to other cities across the United States. However, we can't reveal the exact locations yet.
If you are part of a soccer club or organization and would like to partner with us to bring a StrongHER camp to your city, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Who is doing the mentoring in the StrongHER Camp?
On-demand and On-site mentoring is provided by our coaches. We have defined clear guidelines for our mentoring and our mentors to ensure quality, integrity and responsibility.
Our strong partners
Chattanooga Football Club is an American professional soccer team based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Established in 2009, the team is currently in its third season in the recently founded National independent Soccer Association (NISA), one of the two third-tier national divisions. In early 2019, the club made history by becoming the first soccer club in America to offer its fans ownership shares as part of a public crowdfunding program. Following the completion of the crowdfunding, some 3,254 fans from 30 different countries are currently shareholders in Chattanooga FC. Since they were founded, the team have played their home games at their local Finley Stadium. The team's colours are navy blue and white.
Operation Get Active is a health initiative that uses the game of soccer to encourage Chattanooga's youth to live active, healthy lifestyles and aims to inspire and educate children across Chattanooga about the importance of health, fitness, and nutrition. OGA is part of the CFC foundation and uses soccer to promote the well-being of children and young people. For StrongHER, OGA manages the identification of participants and the organization on site.
The Volkswagen Belegschaftsstiftung
The Volkswagen Belegschaftsstiftung is a charitable nonprofit organization established in 2011 as a non-profit foundation by our founder, Volkswagen AG. The work focuses on socially disadvantaged children and young people in the vicinity of the Volkswagen Group's worldwide locations. The Volkswagen Belegschaftsstiftung seeks to improve their living conditions through sustainable aid projects, such as StrongHER - and thus give them the chance of a self-determined life.