While almost all football clubs closed their doors on June 30, FC Le Bourget has decided to play extra time during the summer holidays. “This is the third year that this device has been organized,” indicates Matthieu Robert, the president of this Seine-Saint-Denis club which has 650 licensees. Many young people who weren’t going on vacation asked our coaches to open the stadium. As we also had many contacts with associations, we decided to organize sports and cultural courses during the 2 months that we called “city of football and citizen”. We only ask 25 € for each child for a weeklong course with lunch and a snack included. Thanks to this device, we have created a job and 3 volunteer leaders are helping us. “
This year, 95 young boys and girls (including 75% of graduates) aged 11 to 14 will benefit from this program for a week. That week in mid-July, a group of 15 young girls meet up every day at the Lucien Legrand sports complex. They benefit in particular from an introduction to blind football (a discipline inspired by football practiced by visually impaired athletes) led by Yvan Wouandji and Hakim Arezki, two players from the French team.
Laura: “It’s better than TV and social networks”
“I am delighted to raise awareness among young people,” says Yvan Wouandji. It is important to promote our discipline and transmit the values that drive us as athletes. “The moment of discussion and sharing at the end was as important as the discovery of our sport,” adds Hakim Arezki. Le 93 is full of low-income families who can’t go on vacation, so if we can help entertain our youngsters, we do so with pleasure. “
The girls were enthusiastic, like Laura who plays during the season with the U14s at Le Bourget. “It does us a lot of good because we couldn’t play football for 4 months because of the coronavirus epidemic,” says the 13-year-old schoolgirl (5th). Rather than staying at home, we play sports, we see our girlfriends and that motivates us. It’s better than TV and social networks! (smile) We mix sport and discovery. On Monday, we practiced in addition to football, pétanque with elderly people and this afternoon we will visit the SNCF technicentre in Pantin which houses the TGV in particular. »« This blind football activity is great! It shows that anyone can play sports even with a disability, says 12-year-old Anissa. We are enjoying a great week of vacation. It’s awesome! “