published on October 25, 2023


Following recent inaugurations in the towns of Sarcelles and Gonesse, Sport dans la Ville - France's leading association for professional integration through sport - is continuing its Olympic momentum with the opening of a new sports center in Saint-Denis, in the Saussaie Floréal Courtilles district (93200). Following on from the center in the Franc-Moisin district, opened in 2015, this new center will consolidate the link with local players and now reach the city's largest district.

The project is supported by the Agence Nationale du Sport, the Région Île-de-France, the Conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Plaine Commune and the Ville de Saint-Denis, as well as a number of corporate partners: VISA, SFR, Banque des Territoires, the Goodman Foundation and Groupe Loiseleur.


Sport for the social and professional success of young people


In Saint-Denis, 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.

"Strengthening our ties with the city of Saint-Denis in this Olympic year is the best possible message for all the young people and residents of the Saussaie Floréal Courtilles district, with whom we are going to develop all our "sport to employment" expertise. This site, which has been symbolic in the district for many years, will be the focus of new uses and success stories thanks to this renovation," explains Bertrand Chédé, Île-de-France Director of the Association Sport dans la Ville.

This new sports center, located in the heart of the Saussaie Floréal Courtilles 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 his or her personal and professional development, young people enrolled at the Saussaie Floréal Courtilles 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 Dionysian players 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 at Saussaie Floréal Courtilles is part of this Olympic drive. At the same time, two new sports grounds have already been opened in the south of France, in Marseille, and two new sports centers in the Île-de-France region, in Sarcelles (95) and Gonesse (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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