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“It was football that built me,” says Ferhat Ciçek, director of Paris Alésia Football Club.
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Ferhat wants the sport to do the same for the kids in his community in Paris’s 14th arrondissement. Since taking over in 2014, when @paris_alesia_fc had 80 kids, Ferhat has grown the club substantially. It now has over 750 players and last season, started a girls’ program.
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“Here we have a big stadium that can welcome a lot of different people,” Ferhat says. “Here is a football club for all the levels. Here is a place where you meet people. Here the language that is spoken is football.”
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Filmed in December 2019, watch Episode 3 of our series, “From the Grounds Up,” about the people creating community change through football on IGTV or read more at the link below. 
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⠀ “It was football that built me,” says Ferhat Ciçek, director of Paris Alésia Football Club. ⠀ Ferhat wants the sport to do the same for the kids in his community in Paris’s 14th arrondissement. Since taking over in 2014, when @paris_alesia_fc had 80 kids, Ferhat has grown the club substantially. It now has over 750 players and last season, started a girls’ program. ⠀ “Here we have a big stadium that can welcome a lot of different people,” Ferhat says. “Here is a football club for all the levels. Here is a place where you meet people. Here the language that is spoken is football.” ⠀ Filmed in December 2019, watch Episode 3 of our series, “From the Grounds Up,” about the people creating community change through football on IGTV or read more at the link below. ⠀

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