Since 2003 a small group of friends got together with Philippe Sella in a festive spirit to celebrate some of rugby's best moments. They decided to create the Club111 which is now the origin of his charity association.
Men and Woman contributing from their professional and personal lives through values such as : courage, generosity, personal sacrifice, audacity and risk taking using rugby to teach young people about Life.
Today they have become a strong team and would like to share their enthusiasm with others.
The Enfants de L'Ovale Objectives :
- To work effectively with young children.
- Construct projects that are also educational through the initiation of rugby training.
- Allowing youngsters to to develop self confidence, understand their surroundings and believe in their potential.
- To teach kids how to play rugby, to learn life skills, grow up and win as a team.
- Organize sporting and educational programmes
7 bases in the world : Marocco, Madagascar, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, France, Senegal, Mali
At the turn of the millennium, Serge discovered to his amazement that Rugby was being played in Cameroon. This was the perfect opportunity for Serge to give back something to his native country, through rugby. He liaised with his cousin Ahmed Atiback, who was still living in Cameroon and they created the charity on 4th March 2004.
The charity began its work under the name of Les Enfants de Biemassy, as a project to increase the popularity of rugby for disadvantaged children in Cameroon. The organisation was subsequently renamed the Serge Betsen Academy, as its scope widened. The Charity now uses the game as a method for social integration, offering access to education as well as basic healthcare for hundreds of underprivileged children, in urban and rural Cameroon.
. Introduce rugby to underprivileged children in Cameroon
. Use rugby to teach values and standards to these children . Support the children's education and access to basic healthcare
The work in the centres of the Serge Betsen Academy is based on the winning combination:
. Rugby - Weekly training is run by experienced coaches and educators.
. Education - After school, tutoring sessions are held in wellequipped classrooms run by SBA staff and volunteers.
. Healthcare - Access to drop-in clinics is offered, where young boys and girls are provided with treatments and vaccinations. (Hygiene awareness, health education and prevention of disease are also promoted).
According to the latest UNESCO figures, 35% of women and 18% of men are illiterate in Cameroon.
Beyond its involvement in rugby, Serge Betsen Academy supports children throughout their school career. There are even special classes for those who are particularly struggling with the curriculum. These courses are delivered by trained staff and volunteers from SBA (retired teachers, students, etc.) who also make sure that all the children are sent to school and are able to pass their exams. A monthly check is established by the Serge Betsen Academy’s members .
One of the main aims of Serge Betsen Academy is to offer children support ensuring good health and well being.
Like its African neighbours, Cameroon is not immune to acute sanitary problems caused by the extreme poverty and climatic conditions, promoting the development of parasites and diseases.
Our role is to educate parents and children surrounding these issues through informative campaigns, vaccination and medical services for families deprived of access to healthcare and medication.