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© FRANCE 24 screengrab

Video by Zigoto TCHAYA , Emmanuelle LANDAIS

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-03-19

Centres founded by former French rugby union international Serge Betsen are teaching children in his native Cameroon how to play the sport, but also giving them a chance to advance towards a brighter future.

Students enrolled in the Serge Betsen Academy are learning the value of teamwork and cooperation as they acquire the skills of a game that remains largely unknown in a country where football is king.

They also enjoy help with schoolwork and free meals. “[Betsen] left Cameroon when he was young and then he came back for a while. He wanted to help all these children have good living conditions,” Genevieve Mgamy, the Academy’s coordinator, told FRANCE 24.

The Academy has set up five centres across Cameroon since 2004, with a new one set to open in April, with Betsen himself expected to attend the inauguration.

Click on the video player above to see FRANCE 24’s report about rugby in Cameroon

Date created : 2017-03-19

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