A new stone for integration through sport in Seine-Saint-Denis – Seine-Saint-Denis

A new stone for integration through sport in Seine-Saint-Denis – Seine-Saint-Denis
A new stone for integration through sport in Seine-Saint-Denis – Seine-Saint-Denis

Quite a few young people in Seine-Saint-Denis already know the sky blue banners of Sport dans la Ville. Already present in 6 towns in the Department, this association for integration through sport, which works with around 12,000 young people throughout France, will set up shop in Pantin in September.

More precisely on the old Marcel Cerdan stadium, located right next to Fort d’Aubervilliers. The 1.5 ha of this space are currently being redeveloped, thanks in particular to the help of the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis.

On September 11, just after the Paralympic Games, the association will inaugurate a large campus here dedicated to the practice of sport and the social integration that results from it. Three football fields, a basketball court, a room dedicated to boxing, dance and yoga and meeting rooms should make it possible to work on both the health of young people and their professional skills. The large construction site was visited on Wednesday May 29 by Stéphane Troussel, president of the Department, Zaïnaba Saïd-Anzum, departmental councilor responsible for sports, Bertrand Kern, mayor of Pantin, and Valérie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France Region .

“The idea of ​​Sport dans la Ville is really to open up the horizons of young people as much as possible socially and professionally. If sport is a starting point, it is not necessarily the ending point. We want to take the young people we support well beyond the sports professions”explained Benoît Taillardat, Ile-de-France regional director of the association.

Accustomed to working with young people from working-class neighborhoods using a well-established method – Wednesday afternoons of free sports practice in the heart of the neighborhoods – Sport dans la Ville already works with 3,700 young people aged 6 to 30 in Seine-Saint-Denis . “The arrival of the campus should notably allow us to strengthen female practice”insisted Benoît Taillardat.

Christophe Lehousse

Photos: ©Bruno Lévy

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