Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok”
Col. Playon, 20 Calle 11 Ave
Sur Este, Honduras
Contact: Maynor Matamala, sports director
The foundations of the Pok-Ta-Pok began in 2009 as a response to lack of organised sports activities and facilities in poor areas of Honduras. The organisation was officially established in 2012 and since then, it has provided a number of sports and educational activities for children and youth from low-income families.
Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok” began in 2009 as a response to lack of organised sports activities and facilities in poor areas of Honduras. “Pok-Ta-Pok” is a Mayan word meaning ballgame. The name was chosen to attract attention since the name itself includes a part of Honduran national identity. The organisation was officially established in 2012 and since then, it has provided a number of sports and educational activities for children and youth from low-income families.
Although their training sessions aim at developing talent and achieving professionalism, they incorporate a values-based approach. Children are taught values such as respect, trust, support, equality, and fair-play. They are encouraged to apply the values learnt on the pitch in their homes and local environments. Their behaviour is monitored by professional coaches who ensure that children develop discipline, tolerance, self-esteem, and motivation, and become not only good athletes, but also young citizens contributing positively to social development in Honduras.
The mission of Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok” is to transform lives for the better through sports. They see sport as a key to providing entertainment, discipline, and values-based education from an early age. Pok-Ta-Pok helps the Honduran society realise that sport can help them overcome social problems, such as insecurity, violence, street gangs, substance abuse, and domestic violence, and positively contribute to wider social transformation.
"Sport breaks down the barriers between the rich and the poor. Sport does not discriminate. It unites borders, creates excitement, and makes us forget about our problems.”
To create a certified high-quality training centre that is available to talented children and youth from low-income FAMILIES;
To provide sports facilities and sports equipment to the most vulnerable areas of the country
To promote training camps
To provide access to education, including scholarships, material, and financial support, to young people, and to offer coaching qualifications
To equip young people with skills that will enable them to access the professional world and therefore support their families in the long run
Regular training sessions, coaching qualifications, providing equipment and infrastructure
Education, scholarships, and values-based trainings
Political insecurity in the country
Streets in Honduras are particularly dangerous to live in. Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate. There are about 85 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, largely due to gangs and drug trafficking. In just six months of 2011, there were 779 youths under 23 years of age killed on the streets. Furthermore, there are increasing rates of femicide and domestic violence, which pushes many women on the streets (Casa Alianza, World Vision).
In 2013, the housing deficit in Honduras amounted for around one million homes (El Heraldo, 2014). Especially the number of street children has been growing constantly. Between 8 to 12% of all children (between 200,000 – 300,000 children) under the age of 18 are working or living on the streets (FCH, 2014). Nine out of ten children who live on the streets suffer different kinds of abuse (La Prensa, 2013).
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