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By Fergus Dullaghan

Several years ago my wife was mugged just outside Geneva. It was a terrifying experience for her. The damage wasn’t limited to stolen items and a trip to hospital in the back of an ambulance – it was the aftermath. Months (maybe years) of jumping at shadows, disrupted sleep and anxiety.

As a former professional martial artist, I have wanted to help other women in the area avoid the same fate for a long time. Now, I have the opportunity to do so. To make it accessible I have tried to keep the price as low as possible. I would like to offer some very simple, but highly effective strategies to stay safe if you are ever attacked.

We will cover:

  • The anatomy of an attack - understanding how a mugging happens
  • The psychology of an attack
  • Pattern disruption - how to stop an attack before it begins
  • Behavioural habits - maximising your chances of a good outcome if you are attacked
  • Instinctive defence - how to survive physically
  • The aftermath - being aware that the attack itself is just one part of the process
  • How to deepen your knowledge (suggested books, blogs and local training possibilities)


If you are an avid sports person, enjoy getting dirty and muddy, love a challenge, like to push your own limits, then you will be thrilled to hear about this sport event coming to Switzerland! An amazing obstacle course will be held for the first time in Switzerland — Spartan will be held in Verbier in September!

With its unique panoramic view of the Alps, its demanding terrain and a route for all levels, Verbier will play host on Sunday, September 14 2019. If you have ever watched Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge, Takeshi's Castle, Gladiators, Wipeout, Ninja Warrior, or any similar obstacle course, then you will be the first to know how demanding this can be. Months of training and fitness routines are needed... some of the participants are avid Spartan followers who follow the organization around the world.

Barbed wire, fire, and a myriad of obstacles will be set for the inauguration. Three groups featured this year:

  • Sprint: with 20 to 25 obstacles over more than 5 km
  • Super: with 25 obstacles over 13 km
  • Spartan Kids: with a distance between 800m and 3.2km

Spartan events consist of races for athletes of all ages and levels, from beginner to elite runner, while the Spartan Kids race offers several options for children from 4 years old. 

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InterSoccer player Nora meets her hero Ada Hegerberg

Nyon-based UEFA has launched its new Women’s Football Strategy – with the help of 8-year-old InterSoccer player Nora. In this article Rebecca Brown, a former team footballer who works for InterSoccer, looks at the rise of women’s football in Switzerland and beyond. See the UEFA video at this link.

UEFA Women’s Champions League Final Saturday 18 May

Olympic Lyonnais are ready for their final match in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, to fight for the title. It will be the eighth final for Lyon in a decade, where they’ll take on FC Barcelona as the first female Spanish team to play the decider. Both teams continue to be great motivation for all females, beginners and professionals, in the football world. Ada Hegerberg is one of the big names that will make an appearance for OL on Saturday in Budapest. The Ballon d’Or winner of 2018 is nearing 300 goals in her senior career at the young age of 23.

Nora, one of our InterSoccer girl players, was given the incredible opportunity to travel to Lyon and meet Hegerberg ahead of the final, to film a promotional video for the launch of the new UEFA Women’s Football Strategy. We asked 8-year-old Nora why she loves playing football and she told us: “because it’s a team sport that’s so much fun!”

Nora had the chance to speak to Hegerberg and play a spot of football with her, which she loved. On the road home she said she wished she could do it all over again! This opportunity filled her with confidence and Hegerberg has been a true inspiration for Nora.

Although there are more and more girls participating in football, and the past few years has seen a rise in female participants, it is important to keep pushing and show the importance of females in football and sports in general.

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JoTo Tennis was inspired by Jonas Svensson, world ranking number 10 tennis player in 1989, and Tore Meinecke, world ranking number 46 tennis player in 1988. The story of JoTo Tenis is about two good tennis friends, who met on the ATP-circuit during the 1980s. They realized that once their tennis career was over, they still had a lot to offer and created a tennis club based on the values that were important to them:

  • Honesty
  • Quality
  • Respect
  • Passion

After a lot of hard work they founded the TC Chavannes-de-Bogis in 2004. In 2006, they started their successful summer camps in addition to club events and courses.

Kampala Galaxy Soccer Academy coaches and players

Appeal supported by German jazz pianist Joja Wendt
Has your child grown since he or she last played soccer? Would you like to donate last season’s clothes and shoes to some of the world’s poorest young players? A football club has called on parents in Geneva and Vaud to look through their child’s wardrobe for any soccer items that are no longer needed, to be sent to a children’s football academy in Africa.

Seefeld FC sends used football kits and boots to the Kampala Galaxy Soccer Academy in Uganda
Seefeld FC, Zurich will take the clothing to its African partner school the Kampala Galaxy Soccer Academy in Uganda. The school, in the Bukoto city district of Kampala, offers free access to football for 200 children aged five to 17, and some older youths. The children come from such poor communities they have no chance of buying their own gear, or of playing soccer, without the support of Seefeld FC. The appeal is supported by InterSoccer, Switzerland’s largest grassroots football association, which is arranging donation collection points at its football courses and camps in Geneva, Vaud, Basel, Zug and Zurich.

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Marc Caprez, President of Seefeld FC, founded the Kampala Galaxy Soccer Academy in 2017 after sending two coaches - his son, Vasco Caprez, and Leo Bauer - on a fact-finding mission. He said: “One of our club members did his civil service in Uganda for six months as a doctor. “I mentioned once that I would like to do a development project in Africa and he said, why don’t you go to Uganda? He gave me the names of some reliable people and I made contact. It started really small and it grew really quickly. The first time we went down we took balls and bibs because we thought they needed ordinary training gear. One day after his arrival Vasco sent me a video showing the feet of these kids and wrote as a caption – we have a whole other problem. These kids don’t even have boots. Naïve as we were back then, we thought they need balls and things like that, but it starts at the bottom – it starts with the boots.”

Uganda - one of the poorest countries in Africa
Last year the Seefeld President travelled to Kampala with Vasco and his other son Gion to hand over 130 pairs of football boots donated from Seefeld players and other clubs, and 100 FC Seefeld shirts. Mr Caprez and Vasco will make another trip in July this year. He said: “Whenever you have football gear that you do not need any more, you can give it to us and we will manage to take it to Uganda.
“You cannot imagine how poor this country is. The boots we bring down, they give them out at the beginning of the training and then they have to collect them back because they can’t send the kids home with them. Otherwise when they walk through the ghetto, a bigger kid will come and knock them down and steal the shoes, or the father will sell the shoes. Also the guys that are running the academy have no money, not even one Swiss franc. They live in extreme poverty, without sanitary installation, no running water in the house. It is one of the poorest countries of Africa.”