Thanks to Rêves Some sick children spend the weekend in Clairefontaine with the blues

Twelve children brought to Clairefontaine by the Rêves Manche association are living a waking dream...
Twelve children brought to Clairefontaine by the Rêves Manche association are living a waking dream… (©La Presse de la Manche)

“When do we get there?” “It is 4:43 p.m. on this Saturday, March 26, 2022, and the first excitement is spreading on the bus. Departure since noon Cherburg, twelve children, their carers and the volunteers of the Rêves associationdrive towards Clairefontaine. You will live there a weekend in the shoes of the French football team.

At the top, volunteers Isabelle Fautrat and Anthony Leconte are preparing the football lesson that awaits the little Manchois this Sunday. Every detail is worked on to make the weekend perfect.

It’s 6:30pm and the bus is about to cross the gate that leads onto the sprawling property. It is save the title of Vegedream, “Bring the cup home”and with applause in the back of the bus, the group finishes their ride.

“I thought it was impossible”

Élodie Audrain and Gérard Couillard from Rêves-Manche pose with the twelve children in front of one of the pitches at Clairefontaine.
Élodie Audrain and Gérard Couillard from Rêves-Manche pose with the twelve children in front of one of the pitches at Clairefontaine. (©La Presse de la Manche)

“I’m on my little cloud,” Mathis whispers into Brigitte, his grandmother’s ear. The ten year old has already died long months in the hospital. Club Manche offered him the opportunity to pursue some of his dreams.

For me it’s a bit like a great happiness after hospitalizations, like a reward for our efforts. I went to sleep at La Flèche zoo, very close to the lions. I’m a car enthusiast and was also allowed to drive a Lamborghini. But being in Clairefontaine with the Blues is more than a dream. I didn’t even dare to think about it, I thought it was impossible.

Mathis

But for Gérard Couillard and the club’s dynamic team of volunteers and supporters, nothing is impossible Oxygen bubbles for families affected by the disease.

“With a little courage and perseverance…”

This trip to national football center was possible thanks to another Cherbourgeoise, Élodie Audrain. Leaning on an acquaintance, she was able to make this meeting with the 2018 world champion and his trainer Didier Deschamps real.

With a little courage and perseverance we can do it. When I see the smiles on the faces of all these children, it is simply the greatest gift.

Elodie

The long-awaited Mbappé

Twelve children brought to Clairefontaine by the Rêves Manche association are living a waking dream...
Twelve children brought to Clairefontaine by the Rêves Manche association are living a waking dream… (©La Presse de la Manche)

As soon as you enter, the faces move closer to the windows and all the youngest eyes widen. “Look at that car over there, if so, it’s Mbappé’s! “When all players are eagerly awaited, there is one that makes the eyes shine even more. Everyone hopes to return to the Cotentin with an autograph or signature from the Parisian player.

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But before the cameras roll out, every detail of the site has to be captured, impressing young and old alike. Léonard, 10 years old, runs a few meters ahead of his father, Cyril Lhomme, everywhere.

This is the type of activity that we couldn’t have done a few months ago because it was too weak. It’s a precious moment for him, but also for us. The batteries are being charged.

Cyril

Meet the Blues this Sunday

Hardly time to put the luggage in the room, it’s already dinner time, balanced like the diet of the champions. A few merry games of ping-pong ensued before falling into Morpheus’ arms.

Falling asleep just a few steps from the chateau that is home to the best French footballers, there is no doubt that participants will have sweet dreams while waiting to meet their idols “in real life” this Sunday.

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