Fútbol Más France continues with activities and is preparing to start a new cycle of intervention
After its arrival in April of 2017, the Fútbol Más Foundation started a pilot project in the Center of Emergency Accommodations for Migrants (Centre d´hébergement d’urgence pour migrants) in Ivry-sur-Seine in Paris, working with children and adolescents from different countries, such as: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, and Sudan, among others. The foundation officially stayed this year to develop socio-sport workshops with the aim of guaranteeing the right to play sports and recreational activities, as well as the right to protection; both, defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
After enjoying a long vacation period, the children from the migrant center had the opportunity to take part in different activities, including: cultural outings, community events, workshops, and family activities. The professionals from Fútbol Más France participated and were involved in each event, contributing to the learning and reinforcing the values that the socio-sport program provides.
These were the highlights from the holidays:
20/07: Outing to the Ménagerie Zoo in Paris
The Ménagerie Zoo is one the oldest zoos in the world, located in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. It is a bubble of nature in the heart of the city. In this place the children had the opportunity to discover and meet extraordinary animals, as well as learn a lot of names and words that they did not previously know.
24/07: Socio-sport meetings in Porte de Montreuil.
On this day, the children enjoyed an entertaining socio-sport session, where they shared with children from the Parisian Leisure Center in Porte de Montreuil. Here they did different activities and played games, enjoying football, inflatable games, archery, and a refreshing pool.
25/07: family outing.
We know that the family is the first place of socialization and an intimate space. Through family outings we wanted to offer the opportunity for parents and children to participate in activities and games in the Fútbol Más style, sharing the methodology that seeks to impact their integration.
The summer has also been a time to share with the protagonists of the program, who week after week attend and share in each socio-sporting workshop, highlighting the learning and space they have to develop their skills.
“When I play with boys I feel stronger, I’m not afraid. I feel at the same level, now I’m not afraid to play at all,” says Doua, a 17 year old girl who participates in the program.
Similarly, 12 year old Saif emphasizes the importance of sharing with his peers, noting that what he likes most is: “playing with my friends and the team spirit”.
Not only children notice this enthusiasm. Gabrielle De Preval, cultural coordinator of the center, observes the assistance and initiative that children have for participating in each workshop. “I see them wait for the activity or ask about the class schedule,” she comments.
The holidays are over and it is time to return to classes, and the Fútbol Más France team is already preparing the activities for the last cycle of the intervention. Thanks to the support of the FIFA
Foundation, the children of the refugee center of Ivy-sur-Seine will be able to continue developing their social skills through football and utilize the tools learned during the program to develop lifelong values.
4 de April de 2019