published on October 11, 2023


Sport dans la VilleFrance's leading association for professional integration through sport, is kicking off its Olympic season in the Île-de-France region with the inauguration of the new Gonesse Saint-Blin (95500) sports center. Following on from the centers in the Fauconnière and Marronniers neighborhoods opened in 2017, this new center will enable young people in Gonesse's 3rd Priority Neighborhood for City Policy to be supported from sport to employment.


The project is supported by the Agence Nationale du Sport and the Région Île-de-France, as well as several local companies: Fondation d'entreprise Air France, Allianz, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Fondation Crédit-Mutuel, Fondation Decathlon, Fondation Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale, Benoit and Olivia Verbrugghe and Manutan.


Sport for the social and professional success of young people


In Gonesse, as in all the Quartiers Prioritaires de la Politique de la Ville (Priority Urban Neighborhoods), sport is a key factor in social and territorial cohesion. On the strength of a model that has proved its worth over the past 25 years, Sport dans la Ville is pursuing and supporting this long-term commitment with the redevelopment or construction of sports centers in the Île-de-France region.


"We've been present in Gonesse since 2017. The opening of this 3rd pitch will enable the association to run a sports, educational and integration project in all of Gonesse's priority neighborhoods. With a target of welcoming 200 young people on a daily basis, we will be keen to contribute to connecting all the youth and sports dynamics in this area," explains Bertrand Chédé, Île-de-France Director of the Association Sport dans la Ville.


This new sports center, located in the heart of the Saint-Blin district, is a local activity and development center for young people aged 6 to 25, who will be able to take part in free basketball and soccer sessions every Wednesday and Saturday, supervised and led by professional sports educators employed by the Association.


Because our aim is to use sport and its values to support each young person in their personal and professional development, the young people enrolled at the Gonesse Saint-Blin center will also have access to the Association's " Job dans la Ville " professional integration program, as well as the " L dans la Ville " program for young girls, to encourage their emancipation and make all their ambitions possible.


These plots of land are also part of a collective dynamic, in conjunction with the many local players from Gonessiens, who were present at the inauguration.

An Olympic year marked by a growing commitment to sports and professional integration for young people in the Paris region


Since Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sport dans la Ville has been involved with the Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (COJOP) to contribute to the #Paris 2024 Legacy and Impact project with a shared conviction: the Games won't happen without the territories and those who make them up and give them life.


And because the #JOP are a tremendous opportunity to help more and more young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods to achieve successful social and professional integration, the Association Sport dans la Ville is committed to accelerating its development by building or renovating 10 sports fields between now and 2024. The inauguration of this new pitch in Gonesse Saint-Blin is part of this Olympic dynamic. At the same time, 2 new sports grounds have already been opened in the south of France, in Marseille, and a new one not far from Gonesse, in the Saint-Exupéry district of Sarcelles (95).


As Tony Estanguet, President of the COJOP, said: "We share with Sport dans la Ville the ambition to use sport as a tool to change the face of our society".


So the Olympic story is just beginning!

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That's the number of sports centres, mainly soccer and basketball pitches, built over more than 20 years thanks to Sport dans la Ville, in 30 French cities, especially in the Paris region, Hauts-de-France, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, all areas where the Arkema Group has a strong presence. The association welcomes 7,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 enrolled in sports programs, who come to its centres every Wednesday and Saturday to play sports free of charge under the supervision of professional educators. Sport dans la Ville also provides individual vocational training for 10,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25.

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