PARIS

“I have rarely seen a community as close-knit and supportive as YSR. Wherever you come from, whatever your story is, you will find here friendship and support. Wherever you come from, whatever your story is, you will find here friendship and support”
– Madeleine, Volunteer

NEW PROJECT!

In June 2022 we began activities in Paris, to support the community who have moved there from Greece. We also aim to connect and engage with a new community of people on the move, who have already lived in Paris for a longer time. Our team is developing at the moment. Now, we have several amazing and dedicated coaches from the community: led by Yadullah, our project coordinator and yoga teacher. However, we are always on the lookout for more people to join the team! We are lucky to also have great support from a team of on-the-ground and remote volunteers who join the training and help us build the project there.

Our goal is to build the Parisian project first in outdoor places, and of course, eventually move to our own gym location!

Place de La Bastille

In June 2022, we began offering boxing and yoga classes to the unaccompanied minors who are living in a resistance camp, supported by the organisation Utopia 56. After seeing the situation of the young boys living there, who were waiting for their age assessments to be reviewed, we contacted Utopia 56 and asked if we could provide some sport training. The response was very positive; classes allowed the boys to keep moving and doing activities that are important for their mental and physical health, while bringing visibility to the cause of Utopia 56, who support unaccompanied minors that have been rejected by the authorities and are not supported by the French Government.

Parc de La Villette

(Jardin des Voltiges)

On top of the training we offer in La Bastille, we also started running and other boxing classes in Parc de La Villette (Jardin des Voltiges). This location was chosen by our community, because it already has equipment to train, engage in fitness exercises and boxing. It is also a place where many people are already practicing sports and want to get more coaching. Starting to practice there was a successful bet: many people are joining the team and every day new students come to run or practice!

Nearby Courts & Fields

Our community wouldn’t be YSR without many team sports, like basketball and football. In Paris, because we have no permanent gym location, we meet at community basketball courts and use these to play together. It is a time to socialise, exercise and enjoy time outdoors. Unfortunately, because it’s Paris, many people have to travel far, but it is always worth the commute!

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