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.
At the turn of the millennium, Serge discovered to his amazement that Rugby was being played in Cameroon. This was the perfect opportunity for Serge to give back something to his native country, through rugby. He liaised with his cousin Ahmed Atiback, who was still living in Cameroon, and they created the charity on 4th March 2004.
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.
In 2020, the Charity decided to open a new centre in Bamako, Mali. The Serge Betsen Academy now lends a hand to disadvantaged children in Cameroon and Mali. More lives will improve thanks to rugby! A beautiful story is in the making.