Relations are strained between Saint-Brieuc Athletics and four local authorities

Relations are strained between Saint-Brieuc Athletics and four local authorities
Relations are strained between Saint-Brieuc Athletics and four local authorities

Three months later, the climate does not seem to have calmed down. In a press release dated Friday, July 5, the City of Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Brieuc Armor Agglomeration, the Departmental Athletics Committee and the Brittany Athletics League “deplore particularly complicated relations for several months with the co-presidency of Saint-Brieuc Athletics”. If these difficulties had been mentioned by the club last March, this is the first time that the municipality and the Agglo have publicly reported these tensions.

The four institutions “denounce incidents, invectives and injunctions that are multiplying”. They report, in this press release, “non-compliance with procedures both in the organization of the various events and in the requests for funding”. The club’s leaders are also accused of “declining the proposed working hours”.

“An accumulation over 10 or 15 years”

Asked for details of these incidents, Thierry Stiefvater, deputy for sport and community life, mentioned “a biased and controversial email to discuss the freezing of subsidies”, once again placing the blame on the club, and the absence of certain documents in the subsidy application submitted in October 2023. He also mentioned “parents of members who were not informed by the SBA of the unavailability of the Maryvonne-Dupureur hall on the occasion of a battle event”.

Christine Métois-Le Bras, vice-president in charge of sports development, did not provide any further support for the facts alleged, considering the press release to be “quite clear”. The Departmental Committee did not provide much more detail, simply stating that this situation is the result of “an accumulation over 10 or 15 years”. The Brittany Athletics League could not be contacted.

In response, the five co-presidents of Saint-Brieuc Athletics, in a press release, “reject with the greatest force and firmness all of these statements”. They assure for their part that “the City did not wish to give a favorable response within a period of four months to our multiple proposals for meetings”. The motions voted on at the general meeting of March 23 also remained unanswered by either the City or the Agglo, according to the club, which also recalls that the former “was not represented at the extraordinary general meeting”.

“Continue our work”

While they denounce the relations, the four signatories assure that “they have nothing against the club itself” and highlight “its very good sporting results”. The sports association, for its part, now intends to “continue our work, with serenity, conscious and focused on our educational and training mission which is today recognized by all of our members and partners”.

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