First Tournament of the Americas in San Francisco June 20th to 24th
Four Bay Area French schools welcome an international soccer tournament
The Lycée International Franco-Américain, the École Internationale de la Peninsule, the Lycée Français La Pérouse and the École Bilingue de Berkeley are organizing a soccer tournament for francophone schools from around the world. The competition will feature 14 teams from 5 countries: Kenya, Morocco, Mexico, Canada and the United States. The opening ceremony took place Monday, June 20th in the gymnasium of the Lycée International Franco-Américain. Flags raised high, the 5th and 6th grade students paraded and chanted in front of hundreds of spectators. The ceremony, opened by Raymond Hinz and Edward Mayoral, elementary school principal and assistant principal at the Lycée Franco-Americain, allowed Marc Cauet, guidance counselor for the Agency for French Teaching Abroad and Romain Serman, Consul General of France in San Francisco, to speak to the athletes and the crowd.
Three days of friendly competition began Tuesday in Crocker Amazon Park, San Francisco and will continue Wednesday at Stanford University. Thursday June 23rd, all the players, united by love of the French language and of soccer will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, then the finalists will play at the Red Hill Community Park in Marin.
The matches feature students from grades 5 and 6 (CM2 and 6ème) who all study French in different countries: Mexico, Canada, the Middle East, Central Africa, Northern Africa and the United States. This initiative is the first of its kind for the French school network (anglo-saxon schools already have several). The project, supported particularly by the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, and the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (Agence pour l’Enseignement du Francais à l’Étranger), aims to celebrate the French-speaking world by bringing together youth from all corners of the globe who share a common interest for the French language. Spread out amongst three sites in the North and South Bay Area, the Tournament of the Americas features co-ed teams of 7 against 7.
The tournament will take place over three days in addition to two days devoted to exploring the city:
June 18-19 Welcome
June 20 Cable car tour of the city, Opening Ceremony (evening)
June 21 Beginning of the competition in San Francisco
June 22 Competition at Stanford
June 23 Final matches, Potluck, Hike across Golden Gate Bridge, Awards ceremony
June 24 Free day in the city
Ray Hintz - Elementary School Principal - phone 001 (415) 558 2005 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ivan BERTOUX - Deputy Cultural Attaché - phone 001 (415) 591-4821 | email@example.com
The Tournament of the Americas hopes to become a tradition. This first edition will take place in California, but other cities in North America, such as New York, Washington or Montreal, could apply. Its goal is to become an example for academic competitions for the international network of French schools (more than 450 throughout the world).
Given the international span of our network, soccer is the obvious choice being the most popular mixed sport played in the world. It is also an excellent medium of exchange, discovery, and respect between students from different cultures and origins.
Casablanca (Maroc) | Groupe Scolaire Louis Massignon | www.ambafrance-ma.org/EfMaroc/massigno/index.htm
Cuernavaca (Mexique) | École Molière | www.moliere.lfm.edu.mx
Koweït (Moyen-Orient) | Le Lycée Français de Koweït | www.lyceefrancais.net
Montréal (Canada) | Collège International Marie de France | www.cimf.ca
Montréal (Canada) | Collège Stanislas | www.stanislas.qc.ca
Naïrobi (Kenya) | Lycée Denis Diderot | www.diderot.ac.ke
Ottawa (Canada) | Lycée Claudel Ottawa | www.claudel.org
San Diego (Etats-Unis) | École Franco-Américaine de San Diego | http://sdfrenchschool.nuxit.net
Seattle (Etats-Unis) | École Franco-Américaine de Puget Sound | www.fasps.org
Toronto (Canada) | Toronto French School | www.tfs.ca
Vancouver (Canada) | Ecole Française Internationale de Vancouver | www.efiv.org
Washington (Etats-Unis) | Lycée Rochambeau | www.rochambeau.org
San Francisco | Lycée International Franco-Américain | www.frenchamericansf.org
San Francisco | Lycée Français La Pérouse | www.lelycee.org
Palo Alto | École Internationale de La Péninsule | www.istp.org
Berkeley | École Bilingue de Berkeley | www.eb.org
San Francisco | Le consulat de France de San Francisco | www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org
L’AEFE zone Amérique du Nord | www.frenchschoolsnorthamerica.org