A return to the pitch for France’s assistant coach

It was at the 2016 Homeless World Cup in Glasgow when something clicked for Marine Cossoul.

The 25-year-old was on the pitch playing for France last year and, just over 12 months later, she’s back as an assistant coach for the French side.

Marine explains: “Quite a few things have changed since last year. The tournament made me realise what I really want, and it has allowed me to change direction more towards what I want to do.”

The Toulousaine is assisting manager Margaux Abdelhakmi and explains: “I’m responsible for organising the dynamic of the group and making sure everything is all okay for them. I’m there for support, but when it comes to the football and technical side of things, I leave that to Margaux.

“I’ve made a training programme with them and make sure everything goes well within the team. I try to make sure there is solidarity and motivation within the team, but after that I rely more on Margaux for the more technical and tactical aspects.

“I’ve always been involved in a lot of different sports and, actually, sport has always been a passion of mine. But I never thought I could make a career out of it.”

Marine was the subject of a film focusing on last year’s tournament and believes the tournament experience stands her in good stead for the future.

She adds: “I really wanted to find a job that would bring something to people. I didn’t think I could do a job where I could be there for people at the same time as being within sport, especially on the social aspect.

“Actually, it was like something clicked [last year in Glasgow] and I thought to myself that I could put something together, like an association, where I could work with young delinquents in care.

“Now I’m going to do a civic service in sport, and the year after I’m planning to get a diploma to be a sports educator.

“I’m convinced that, with sport, you can make a lot of things better for a lot of people.”

Words: David Brockett
Images: Romain Kedochim
Film: Nacho Spínola