In a priority area of the city of Montpellier, Racing Club Lemasson works to provide academic and professional support to its licensees with the support of parents and a network of local associations.
Big successes in amateur football
A continuation of the series in which the Federation highlights the initiatives and actions taken by its clubs throughout France. District or countryside, with more or less licensees, but always with the same passion of practitioners, educators and leaders of all ages and generations.
First leg: Children of Goutte-d’Or (League Paris-Ile-de-France)
Second leg: RC Lemasson Montpellier (Ligue d’Occitanie)
For ten years, RC Lemasson has been supporting young people between the ages of 6 and 25 in its district of Montpellier (Hérault district). Within the framework of academic support, its action extends to deepening know-how and interpersonal skills in all areas, as well as supporting the search for internships in companies and professional integration in connection with parents and with the support of engineering students and the association of retirees. This approach was crowned last season by the Grand Prix des Trophées Philippe-Séguin (category “Education and Citizenship”). Sebastian Croce, its president, mentions this.
“Being in Educational Continuity”
“The original idea was to engage the audience by positioning itself in the continuity of education. In addition to teaching football, it was interesting for us to continue our studies at school and keep in touch with families in order to train football players as well as citizens. The idea flourished and grew during the times of Covid. »
“Our action is differentiated between two types of audience: primary school students, on the one hand, and high school students, on the other. We have a house for children. They can come before or after training, chat and discuss what they did at school during the day, look at some difficult situations and do their homework, while finding football lessons that are cross-cutting in relation to the school. This is important to them because it gives them confidence. They feel recognized, because the leading thread of our actions is, above all, benevolence. »
The lobby of the club was created in September 2020. Three months later, the “digital workshop” opened (photo by Fondaction du Football).
“Know How to Push Our Walls”
“Educational continuity does not happen overnight. Actors, educators and, above all, local residents must intervene. The club is a place of life where there are many complementarities. Being able to open it up to other volunteers who don’t necessarily play football, like retirees or students in our case, allows us to “mingle” and mobilize them for our actions. You must know how to push our walls, to participate in the life of the area, to unite with other associations. This is how mayonnaise hardens and how you make good projects happen. »
licensees out of a total of 450 members.
young people who are not indifferent to the action, including 45 brought to the degree of bachelor and higher education.
team, first in Department 3.
SELECTED BY DIDIER DESCHAMPS
“Smile, children, reward volunteers”
“To be the winner of the Philippe-Séguin trophies was first of all a great pride for our volunteers, our children, practitioners, licensees… Hearing from the mouth of Didier Deschamps the name of his neighboring club, so small, from the depths of the QPV in Montpellier, was an immeasurable joy : to see children’s smiles, to savor this award for volunteers who tell themselves that they are doing something for a reason, that we have results … It also helped us financially, this is important. Thus, we were able to continue our projects around the house, thanks to the help given to us in sharpening our school supplies, and in sports. »
Students from EPF Montpellier take part in the training, as well as pensioners from the Comider association (photo by Fondaction du Football).
“Appreciate our actions”
“Football is a great medium for education and citizenship, but we must not forget that we play football first and foremost. We should not position ourselves as school after school. We are not scientists, but just benevolent people trying to pull a thread through this sport. The only advice I can give is: ”Don’t hesitate, don’t be afraid, don’t be intimidated by the scale of the files that need to be filled”. Finally, it is important to inform people about what we do and to inform our audience and our volunteers about our actions. »
Patrick Pion: “Educational and integration link”
Patrick Pion (Deputy National Technical Director FFF): “Football has always had educational value. It is everywhere, accessible to all generations, and we can rely on it as this educational link to facilitate integration and ” live together “. Educational continuity between club, school and family is very important. Sometimes we see the image of football going against the school, parents saying, ““If you don’t work well, you won’t go to football!” It’s quite the opposite! You can have problems at school and be better at football, and vice versa. It is here that you can reveal the current abilities of children, reveal their potential. Every club can start humble by creating a small niche in a small room… This alchemy will succeed and bring added value to local life, players and families. »
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Patrick Brauezek: “Citizens Footballers”
Patrick Brauesek (President of the Fondaction du Football): “We don’t realize enough that clubs are the third place to educate and learn citizenship after family and school. Here we will also communicate, learn the rules and open up to others. The trophies underline all the work of amateur clubs, so that these young people are not only footballers who have been taught to kick the ball, but also to read, write, count and become full citizens. In all dimensions: culture, solidarity, knowledge, the study of digital risks… This is what Fondaction and FFF are implementing in many clubs through the school’s support program. The power of football. »
Revisit the webinar on education and citizenship