Young high-level athletes honored by the Gard Departmental Council

Young high-level athletes honored by the Gard Departmental Council
Young high-level athletes honored by the Gard Departmental Council

Friday May 24, 2024, 59 young high-level athletes were rewarded during a ceremony organized by the Gard Departmental Council.

Friday May 24, at the Edouard Mouret Hotel, in Nîmes, a ceremony honored 59 young high-level sporting prospects, beneficiaries of departmental financial support. With this system, the objective of the Departmental Council is to give them additional resources to perform better.

During this ceremony, Vincent Bouget, Departmental Councilor, Sports Delegate, represented Françoise Laurent-Perrigot, President of the Departmental Council.
“The Departmental Assembly is renewing, for the 3rd year, its financial aid system allowing young high-level athletes to benefit from an individual departmental subsidy in order to carry out their sporting projects, their performance and training courses. . This financial support aims to facilitate their preparation, their training, the purchase of equipment and their travel as part of their sporting passion. Supporting youth, developing excellence and making our promising young athletes ambassadors for Gard is the aim of this system which is fully in line with our sports policy, “Sport everywhere and for everyone” We are happy to count 9 more than last year and we wish them a good journey in 2024,” he rejoiced.

These young high-level athletes distinguished themselves in 22 disciplines such as athletics, fencing, football, gymnastics but also motorcycling, fishing, swimming, roller skating, basketball, baseball, rowing, cycling, horse riding, disabled sports, judo, karate, swimming, tennis, kite surfing and even volleyball. But in 2024, the most represented disciplines are handball with 7 athletes from USAM and archery with also 7 athletes including 4 from the Arc club of Nîmes and 3 from the Arc club of Manduel.
Note that 2 athletes with disabilities benefit from the assistance, one in adapted sport for athletics and one in boccia disabled sport (petanque played indoors with leather balls).

Conditions for granting departmental aid

The community has chosen to grant €1,000 in financial aid to each of the 59 young Gard athletes, aged 15 to 25, and up to 30 years for people with disabilities, in order to support them in their sporting journey. high level, whether selections at national or even international level, in 2024.

They must be licensed in a Gard club, in an individual or collective discipline, throughout the sporting season and/or be domiciled in Gard and licensed outside Gard for the needs of high-level practice.

To make their request for assistance from the Departmental Council, young sporting hopefuls must be registered on the ministerial lists of high-level “elite”, “senior”, “hopeful”, “next-year” and “national collective” athletes.

Young athletes with a professional contract are not eligible for this subsidy.

The community also reiterates its sponsorship of young Gard athletes in their high-level sporting practice. Sponsorship agreements have been signed for the 9 “Gardois talents” of international level: Jean-Marc Pontvianne, Enzo Giorgi, Lorenzo Serres, Guilhem Laget, Tom Poyet, Alexandre Delettre, Romane Costa, Violaine Harani and Yassif Ousseni.

In 2024, the sports policy of the Departmental Council means 6.3 million euros to make sport the key to everyone’s development.

The Departmental Council wishes to further unite all stakeholders in the sporting sector and proves this with its 1st Departmental Sports Plan which covers educational, social, prevention, environmental and even citizenship issues.
The aid granted meets several objectives of the scheme:
– Promote diversity and reduce exclusions through disability sport.
– Support structuring associations: departmental committees and training or performance clubs.
– Help young sporting hopefuls.

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