Focus on: Guille Rolando, Executive Director of Fútbol Más

December 18, 2017
Communications Colunga Foundation

"What is done in Latin America is perfectly replicable in the world"

We talked with Guille Rolando about the news of Fútbol Más in the international arena, his experience in ColungaHUB and the origins of his social vocation.  

What new projects have them excited in Fútbol Más?

A year ago we proposed to reach Europe after a French colleague, Marion, who spent six years in Latin America, reflected on the events that were taking place in her country, and that it was probably more necessary there than in Latin America, a remarkable analysis. After many conversations in the team we decided and with Marion we started coordinating there in France. Today Football More France it is already legally constituted and at the end of February or the beginning of March 2018 we will start with the project there in a commune of Paris, Ivry, where we will work with the institution Emmaus who work with refugees.
We will be with 50 children from the refugee center of that commune, coming from different countries, and we also join with the organization Sport dans la Ville (Sports in the City) to create encounters and friendly between the same children and that can leave the center.

Is it the same approach that they do every time they implement the methodology in another country?

We are very cautious in that sense, because there are important cultural differences. For example, here the refugees are very heterogeneous, they come from many countries, so language is a variable that we have to take into account. Another factor is the permanence of people in these places and if we talk about refugees their situation is completely transient, therefore more complex. We have already worked in emergency situations, in the camps after the floods in the north of the country, Chile, and in the centers of victims of the earthquake in Ecuador, but there are between 1 and 2 years that people are there while the earthquake is being carried out. transition process. With the refugees the time is indeterminate, so we decided to be cautious in each pilot.

Is there any other project that you would like to have in Europe?

We were at the beginning of December at a seminar on sport, development and diplomacy in Brussels, Belgium, held by the European Union, where we were the only non-European institution and one of the few in civil society. From that invitation I rescue the idea that there are experiences in Latin America that can be useful for the European world and us from Football. We have always tried to spread the idea that what is done in Latin America is perfectly replicable in the world. In fact, we were in the Mollenbeck neighborhood, a very complex place because it is where more boys in the last two years have joined the Islamic front. There the idea is to generate a project but we are seeing it step by step because we want to do things well, very well planned.

Did you always see Fútbol Más as a scalable project worldwide?

Yes, from the first minute. I was working in India at the time of the 2006 World Cup and that was the end of everything. Basically when you are in another place in the world you put a ball and it happens the same thing that happens in Latin America, and it happens the same thing that I had to observe in Africa as a backpacker, and there I realized that this is scalable. I am convinced that football is a tool that works in all parts of the world, it is precious to see the strength it has.

How was your arrival in the social world?

I grew up in Rancagua, always associated with sports, then I studied chemical engineering at the Catholic University but I never liked what I studied. All this triggered that when I left the university I applied for a job at Hogar de Cristo and went to Copiapo. It was a job with minimal pay but very consistent. I was in a neighborhood working with street children, in a sector where today we are with Fútbol Más, which changed my life completely. On Saturdays I went with my ball and we were all day playing and talking about life. There two young people were my two great partners, Luis and Jonathan, better known as the Chucky and the Epi (for the Epidemic of Cachureos), with whom I formed a friendship for years, they met my daughters, my wife, and then very hard because in the years 2008 and 2016 they died. I always told them that they changed my life, I always thanked them. There I met the human side of the hard. One way to reveal myself was to tell myself that I was going to make all my effort so that the next generations have more opportunities than they had.

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