Jun
03
2007
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Words righting wrongs

Words righting wrongs

For the past fifteen years of so, the French company “Le Trimaran” has been producing shows with an educational theme. The aim is to protect the values of sport so as to come to grips with the scourges that are building it.

Football is an incredible medium for nurturing virtues. It reaches you respect of others, how to work as a team, to sublimate egotism in favor of the group, discover different cultures and develop as an athlete as well as many other skills. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter describes football as “an education for life, where you learn not only how to win but also how to lose.”
But unfortunately these values are sometimes misused for malignant purposes by certain individuals fired by evil intentions, using the inimitable showcase of football to send objectionable messages around the world or to resort to violence – contrary to the very essence of sport.
It is this observation that prompted French director Stephane Tournu-Romain to combine his artistic talents with his favorite hobby – football, of course. Bitten by the football bug while still a toddler, his football activities eventually led him to Maurice Vida, owner of “Moroir Sprint”, one of the leading sports publications in France at the time and, as a result of this encounter, he started writing for the “Mondial” magazine. During the course of his work, he met a number of footballers, including Rene Charrier, a former goalkeeper for Marseille and someone who would later play a crucial role in helping him to put his plans into action. But more of that later.
In 1993, this dynamic man of letters took the plunge and founded the social and cultural society “Le Trimaran” in response to “the need for preventive action that differed from any previous efforts,” as he explains. “The idea behind this initiative was not to replace what was already being achieved by football or public authorities but simply to suggest additional activities.”