Fútbol Más France starts it´s project with migrants in Paris
Marion Dubois is the executive director of Fútbol Más Francia and after a 10-day volunteering in the north of the country (2016), where she worked in a settlement of 10 thousand immigrants, it was when she saw the potential of the project. “We always thought that the Fútbol Más methodology could be applied in these immigration contexts, like the humanitarian crises that Europe is experiencing.” Once the initiative is accepted, she returned to France to generate networks and partners that will help start the project.
Marion began his work with Esteban Dupré, current sports partner coordinator in France. Together, in April 2017, they began to carry out a pilot project in the center of emergency accommodation for migrants (Center d’hébergement d’urgence migrants) of Ivry-sur-Seine in Paris. They carried out socio-sports workshops with about 20 children and adolescents, from different countries such as: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, among others.
“What we saw was very good and positive, it was in that pilot that we realized that football really moves many people and different cultures,” says Esteban. “Despite the traumas and all that these people have experienced, the children love to play and play sports, which in turn resulted in a better climate in the migrant center,” says Esteban. Despite the difficulty with the language, Fútbol Más France had great achievements through the methodology of the Green Card and the game.
The last one to join the team from France was Augustin Gimenez, his role is that of coordinator of the program, and he is in charge of fulfilling the necessary conditions for the activities (materials, place, regulations, schedules, among others) and to ensure the diffusion of the program to the residents.
“My job is to find them, get to know them, ensure the monitoring and evaluation of the program, record elements of communication, articulate with all the actors involved in the program and coordinate their actions, disseminate the program in France and build a network, search funds for the development of the program, co-animate the activities and work together with Esteban to adapt them to the context and those in need.
How are the classes organized?
“We have 4 workshops every week, with two different groups, one with 6-11 years old and the other one between 12 and 17. The workshops are mixed without gender or nationality difference. A challenge because most do not speak English or French, what we try to do about it is that those who speak a little translate for others, we also use non-verbal communication modes (images, gestures) “explains Augustín.
Being an innovative and recent program, it has great challenges: To be able to build an effective functioning in pedagogical methodology and activities, in M & E tools, in the definition of communication channels, in the development of external relations, etc.
“It is a context of perpetual learning and evolution, it is very stimulating and interesting”, adds Augustín.
The project that is already a reality since it uses the game and football as an integration tool in an emergency accommodation center for migrants. For foundation Fútbol Más This is the first initiative carried out with migrants in the European Union, this reinforces the will to promote football as a tool that contributes to the subjective well-being of children and adolescents, as well as their social integration. and inclusion, one of the most important issues on the agenda.
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