My name is Charline, I’m in charge of launching distribution in Cambodia. Three years ago with Sothary Keo, we started the Kampuchéa Balopp project.
This association, founded in 2013, assists poor and/or disabled children in Cambodia with personal accomplishment through sport. Sport is booming in the country but there is a serious lack of infrastructure and equipment.
The idea came while attending a Kampuchéa Balopp rugby training session. We were there and they needed us !
Decathlon’s task is therefore to enable better organisation of training by building the country’s first rugby pitch, improve playing conditions by providing suitable equipment, and cooperate to help with occupational integration within the Kampuchéa Balopp network.
Today, over 1,000 children and teenagers play rugby every week and enter international competitions. This project enabled us to create synergies to increase beneficiaries’ employability. The local coaches can attend Decathlon’s in-house personal development courses.
Two people have in fact already been hired for the first Decathlon store in Cambodia. It’s really a great project that brings us together, and above all makes us very proud..
Story told by Decathlon teammate Charline