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Industry Sports Teams & Events, Online Press, Media & Information
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Released January 2017

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Client: Copa90, ITV
Marketing Manager (ITV): Nicolas Jayr
The head of Copa90: James Kirkham
Supporting partners: Copa 90, ITV Hub, Fuze Beyond Borders, The Worldwide Tribe, Ary & Joe, Bigballs Media, FARE Network, Football Supporters Europe, Wear a Sports Shirt, Final Cut, Bullion Productions, Utopia 56.

Copa90 teams up with ITV for historic refugee football tournament film on ITV hub
Copa90, the world’s largest independent football media business, and definitive youth media brand for football, has teamed up with ITV to make an inspiring documentary about The Liberté Cup, an historic football tournament for refugees in the Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk.
Scheduled to be screened on the ITV Hub from 10th January - six months after France hosted the final of Euro 2016, broadcast live on ITV - and to be viewed at any time, the often heart-rending film follows the fortunes of those who took part in the one-off competition, as well as the British volunteers who travelled across the Channel to make it happen.
The idea was to look at how the beautiful game can function as a massive force for good, and offer an insight into how refugees who have fled war-torn countries including Syria, Iraq and Iran can, even temporarily, find an escape from their plight while on the pitch as well as form human bonds with people from the countries in which they seek shelter or asylum
The contest – which earned support on Twitter from the likes of Lionel Messi – took place on 10th September 2016 at Grande-Synthe’s Stade Jean Deconninck and featured eight teams from the camp as well as volunteers from United Glasgow Football Club and Hackney Wick FC.
Inspired by an idea from the award-winning advertising industry duo Ary & Joe, and conceived by Copa90, the tournament was put together in partnership with charities Fuze Beyond Borders and The Worldwide Tribe among others.
Its aim – and the aim of the documentary - is to challenge the way refugees are sometimes portrayed in parts of the media by representing people living in the camp as individuals and focusing on their own stories, skills and passions.
The Liberté Cup aims to spread a lasting message – that while the game won’t necessarily solve problems, it can be a unifying force and that football, with its estimated global participation running into hundreds of millions, ‘has no borders’.
Copa90 has also created a Liberté Cup channel, #TheLiberteCup, across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook that blends football-themed content with wider information relating to refugees, provided by The Worldwide Tribe.