Football: the Terre Nouvelle (Mouscron) women’s team sets out to conquer the Alps

Football: the Terre Nouvelle (Mouscron) women’s team sets out to conquer the Alps
Football: the Terre Nouvelle (Mouscron) women’s team sets out to conquer the Alps

In the meantime, the Homeless Cup is now called Younited, but its purpose has not changed: to enable homeless, deprived or marginalized people to find their way back on the right path thanks to the game of football. “I stopped playing football temporarily when I had my children, but being part of this team is a need“, admits Kelly. “When we get to training, we forget everything else. It’s inexplicable but it’s like entering a bubble that protects us.

The Mouscronnoise joined the team during her stay at the Terre Nouvelle home, when she no longer had anywhere to go.

Since then, she has gotten back on track with her life and regained confidence. But she doesn’t abandon her teammates. “When I was at the shelter, football brought me out of my torpor and still does me a lot of good today.

A big surprise: Kelly received a jersey, shorts, socks and a tracksuit in the colors of Belgium. “It is a Source of pride to wear this coat of arms and it reinforces our ambition. The tournament will be a nice break, but personally, I’m going there with the objective of winning matches. You must have a minimum competitive spirit“, Kelly assumes.

Mutual aid and fair play

The team is coached by Marina Jeumer and Vincent Broucke, two educators from Terre Nouvelle. The two social workers supervise the group which will leave Friday morning to head to Isère. “Most of the players never had the opportunity to leave Belgium. They have the opportunity to live a great experience “, specifies Marina, supervisor of the women’s team since its creation in 2016.

To its women who have passed through Terre Nouvelle or who are still there, football instills in them the beautiful values ​​of sport: diligence in training, respect for one’s commitments, mutual aid and solidarity between the members of a team. “Beyond performance, we especially want to highlight these values, work on the collective, and fair play, also remember that the players are selected because they have the will to get through it.“, admits Vincent Broucke.

The only declared sporting objective? “Beat the Frenches”, jokes (barely) the educator. Ten nations meet in Grenoble, including Switzerland, Hungary, Sweden or Mexico. The result of these two days of competition does not matter: the main thing for the Mouscrown delegation is to come back with images in your head, memories to tell and the satisfaction of giving the best of yourself.If we also manage to break certain clichés around precariousness and highlight the tenacity of our players, that’s the main thing. All of them have in common the fact of being or having been without housing. The prejudices stop there, on the sidelines…

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