About us

The genesis

The association results from the personal history of this giant with feet of clay, Sébastien Boueilh, former rugby player and founder of the association. In the 1990s, when he was between 12 and 16 years of age, Sébastien has been abused by a paedophile.

In 2013, after 18 years of silence, 4 years of proceedings and 3 days of trial, the verdict has been given: HIS ABUSER WAS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON. Good things come to those who wait.

During the trial, the lawyer of Sébastien used the phrase “Giant with feet of clay” to describe his past. This phrase symbolizes a power that seems invulnerable but which is built on a fragile base.

After his trial, Sébastien, former rugby player, decided to raise awareness about paedophile risks in sports. As he has witnessed malicious situations in this context, he had set himself the goal of prevent and raise awareness of actors from the world of sports about paedophile risks.

“Colosse aux pieds d’argile” was just born in his mind…

The Association “Colosse aux pieds d’argile” was created to protect and defend all the actors from the world of sports (children, sports instructors, leaders, volunteers, parents, etc.).

Today, this struggle against paedophile risks goes beyond the sports borders and concerns all children spheres.

The mission of “Colosse aux pieds d’argile” is to prevent and raise awareness about paedophile risks, especially in sports. The purpose of the association is to assist and help the victims and train the professional supervising the children.

In our actions, we protect the children and all the professional actors and volunteers supervising children. We help them identify and assist a victim but especially not to put themselves in situations that could be misinterpreted.


Our Goals

Creation of a protocol

Creation of a protocol intended for sports instructors of sports clubs. This protocol was created in partnership with psychologists and police officers. It aims at helping sports instructors detect possible indicators of abuse and indicating the steps to be taken.

Creation of a “Guidebook of the Giants”

Creation of a “Guidebook of the Giants” distributed to the children and which permits to evaluate children’s knowledge about the risks. It will be given to the parents and their children during interventions so that the parents could evaluate the approach of their children to adults. This guidebook was developed and designed in collaboration with professionals (psychologists, lawyers, illustrators).

Public interventions

Intervention of a person in charge of the association “Colosse aux pieds d’argile” in collaboration with professionals of sports clubs to sensitize children, parents, sports instructors and club’s leaders about the interpretation of a change of attitude in children or immoral behaviour.

Help and assistance for victims

Professionals guide the victims in the various steps of their reconstruction: psychologists and victim support counsellors // Lawyers // Gendarmerie // Police force // Anti-crime brigade // Sports instructors.

Creation of a quiz

Creation of a quiz which explains to children what attitude they should adopt towards adults and the dangers they could face. The quiz is part of the “Guidebook of the Giants” and is distributed to children during interventions in clubs and schools. This quiz was developed and designed in collaboration with professionals (psychologists, lawyers, illustrators).