For over 24 years

supporting the young people of the Organization

The beginning


Sport dans la Ville was created by Nicolas Eschermann and Philippe Oddou in 1998.
During their studies at emlyon business school, the founders were thinking of creating a social project for young people in difficulty.

The goal was to promote the professional integration of young people by offering team sports sessions in the heart of the neighborhoods.

 Sport dans la Ville was then developed through a strong entrepreneurial model, putting the tools of business at the service of the cause, and thus guaranteeing an impact for the young people supported by the Association.

And because in every story,
there are key dates...

Creation of Sport dans la Ville

in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

Opening of the first 3 sports centers

Basketball courts in Vaulx-en-Velin, Lyon la Duchère and Givors

Creation of the Campus Sport dans la Ville

in Lyon Vaise

Program creation

Job dans la Ville and Entrepreneurs dans la Ville

Program creation

L dans la Ville and Apprenti'bus

Start-up of Sport dans la Ville in the Paris Region

with a 1st sports centre in Sarcelles-Rosiers

Start-up of Sport dans la Ville in the Hauts-de-France region

and opening of the 1st sports centre in Roubaix

Launch of the "Pari 2024" development plan

Integration into the impact and legacy project of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and opening of the Organization's 40th sports centre.

Opening of the 1st sports centre in the SOUTH region

and spin-off of the Entrepreneurs dans la Ville program in 3 metropolises: Lille, Saint-Etienne, Marseille.

key roles within the Organization

Sports Coach


Its role: to promote the personal development of young people by guaranteeing the educational framework provided by Sport dans la Ville, by helping each young person to find his or her place in the group, by creating a climate which allows each to gain confidence and by working on behavior for young people.

Professional development coach


Its role: it is involved both in the dynamics of sports centers in the neighborhood and in the various issues of professional integration. It federates the young people of the organization around the programs and ensures the link with the families and the local community programs.

Program Manager


Its role: To steer and develop the programs of Sport dans la Ville both in educational engineering and strategic orientations. Our program managers ensure the coordination of the operational teams.

A committed and determined team

to offer the best chances of success to all the young people of the Organization.

Meet our directors

The Board of Directors of Sport dans la Ville is composed of 14 members who ensure and control the good management and the follow-up of the development of all the actions of the Organization.

Help us transform neighborhood life and restore equal opportunities