The second edition of the Child Advocates Tournament

22 November 2022

The second edition of the Child Advocates Tournament

On the occasion of the International Day of Children’s Rights, the second edition of the Tournoi des Défenseurs de l’Enfance will take place on Sunday 20 November at PSG’s Stadium, the Parc des Princes.For the second consecutive year, the Professional Football League and the Ligue 1 Uber Eats clubs are mobilising in favour of child protection.

On 20 November, as part of the International Day of Children’s Rights, the second edition of the Tournoi des Défenseurs de l’Enfance will be organised at the Parc des Princes. After a first edition at the Stade de France, the Paris Saint-Germain will welcome on its lawn the 19 other Ligue 1 Uber Eats clubs for an unforgettable tournament. Thanks to the mobilisation of the CNAPE network, the federation of child protection associations throughout France, 240 children will represent the 20 Uber Eats League 1 clubs by taking part in a friendly tournament and an unforgettable day marked by numerous surprises and activities.

Before taking to the mythical pitch of the Parc des Princes, the 240 children have had the opportunity over the last few weeks to visit each of the 20 training centres of the Uber Eats Ligue 1 clubs to receive their equipment, meet the players and train to prepare for the event. Through these “Train Like a Pro” days, the clubs were keen to offer a first time escape and hope to these children in difficulty.
Organiser and kingpin of the Childhood Defenders Tournament, CNAPE ambassador Mohamed Bouhafsi, provided the 240 children with exceptional moments throughout the weekend of 20 November.

Alongside him, many partners were mobilised to ensure that this moment would remain engraved in the children’s memories and that it would enable them to regain hope: The Secretary of State for Children, CNAPE, LFP, PSG and the PSG Foundation, UNFP, Accor Jo&Joe, Prime Video, Puma, Intersport, the BNP Paribas Foundation, LVMH, Keolis, the Grand Rex, SNCF, Sid Lee & Yard and the Classico Foundation.
On the occasion of the International Day of Children’s Rights, all the players are committed to raising awareness among as many people as possible and reminding them of the fundamental rights of children, particularly children in the child welfare system: the right to care, the right to have sufficient and balanced food, the right to schooling, the right to be protected from violence and all forms of discrimination, the right to play and have leisure activities, the right to have a family, the right to be surrounded and loved.
Through this mobilisation, we want to show children in difficulty that they are not alone and that we are all committed to accompanying and supporting them in their lives.

This mobilisation also aims to remind everyone of the 119 number – Allô Enfance en danger, a confidential and free call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – a number to call when you are a victim or a witness of a situation of child in danger. Making this number known is essential to help children and can quite simply save their lives.

With a clear and engaging message “For childhood to be child’s play”, the Ligue 1 Uber Eats clubs will mobilise on their social networks through a campaign designed by the Sid Lee and Yard communication agencies.

Filmed at the Parc des Princes, the clip launching the operation will be broadcast from this Thursday 17 November on all the partners’ platforms. For this second edition, Oli has agreed to lend his voice and to be the ambassador of this second edition, which will be full of surprises throughout the day.
Finally, for the second consecutive year, BKT, title partner of the Ligue 2 BKT, will dedicate the 16th day of the Ligue 2 BKT to child protection and will allow many children accompanied and hosted by the CNAPE to attend matches on 28 December.

“Children’s Rights Day should remind us of our duties towards children, especially the most vulnerable. Through this tournament, our aim is to offer these children, whose backgrounds are often complex, a unique experience of sharing in an iconic setting such as the Parc des Princes.

Together with Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, who was keen to attend this Children’s Defenders Tournament, we are convinced that sport is a formidable lever for the integration and emancipation of our young people. This day is an opportunity to remind us of this.”

Charlotte Caubel, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, responsible for Children

“The lives of these children have been marked by very hard events. Our goal is to offer them an exceptional experience that takes them out of their daily lives but also to show them that they have the right and the opportunity to experience moments of joy. Football has that power. They will remember it for the rest of their lives. I thank all the stakeholders who are helping to make this dream possible.”

Mohamed Bouhafsi, CNAPE Ambassador

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