Two hundred Montpellier children from priority neighborhoods discover handball at the FDI Stadium

Playground atmosphere at the FDI stadium this Tuesday, May 14. The MHB with Allianz, partner of the club and the Olympic Games, welcomed 200 children from priority areas of Montpellier, aged 8 to 10 years old, for a discovery of handball. They visited the sports hall, the weight rooms, the recovery area, the Karabatic lounge and the trophy case. Highlight of the morning, they attended the training of the professional team.

They play well, they have explosiveness

At the edge of the pitch, three friends are loud and encouraging the players as if they were watching a match, even though it is their first and they have a keen eye and disarming remarks: “They are really focused, they are in the game, they have explosiveness.“Louise is enthusiastic:”They play so well, when they throw the ball far ahead to the sides and they manage to catch it, I have never seen a team play so well.

at the edge of the field © Radio France
Pascale Viktory

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Iliès has his eyes fixed on the field: “I play at school, I pass, I give a lot of balls, I also score”and he returns to training: “they need to train even more before the European Cup,” when he is told that they are eliminated, Iliès reacts with: “oh no luck“and adds”in any case I want to be a professional.”

A third of people who play sports started between the ages of 5 and 8

This is the third day of this type organized by Allianz, partner of the MHB and the Olympic Games after football, rugby, handball this Tuesday but whatever the sport, the objective is to give children the desire to practice; “since covid, we have realized that children who played sports have had difficulty getting back into itexplains Christophe Dépont, director in charge of the MoveNow program at Allianz, “ “It’s a real public health issue and it’s at this age that sports are played out.”

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