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Marseille 2016…

So, in a little over 2 weeks Lionsraw, our amazing volunteers and the cream of European football will land in France for the latest edition of the European Championships and of course, the Lionsraw Legacy Tour. While the tournament will be played the width and breadth of France, Lionsraw will focus on the beautiful city of Marseille.

We say beautiful city, it is to the casual observer, but take a little time to dig a little deeper, go out of your way to ask questions, to be inquisitive and you’ll discover a city built on tough, often violent neighbourhoods, armed conflict among youth gangs, fractured communities, religious tension, organised crime and ineffective policing.

Despite this or maybe even because of this, there are some wonderful community leaders who want something different, they want chances for a better future, they’re demanding connected community, cohesion, tolerance, equal opportunities and safe space for daily living. Several of the leaders we are working with in Marseille joined us in Curitiba where they gave their time and energy to bring the hope they now speak of for themselves, to a community in another country on the other side of the world, they understand now, that change is possible with a shared vision, common attitude and a simple plan.

What will we be doing in Marseille? 

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Wow! England v Russia in Marseille on June 11th next year…we’ll be there, will you? Other games during our tour are France v Albania, Iceland v Hungary and Ukraine v Poland. The countdown begins.

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