Serge Betsen Academy (SBA) was born from the return of Serge to his native country: Cameroon.
After 18 years in France, Serge returned to his homeland and discovered to his amazement that they play rugby there too!
The Charity was subsequently created in 2004, based on 3 objectives.
Rugby as a means of education…
According to the latest UNESCO figures, 35% of women and 18% of men are illiterate in Cameroon.
“The interest in rugby lies in its ability to bring together people from various backgrounds.” S. Betsen
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 teachers 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.
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.