“This is where we must be”: the new sports and health center inaugurated in Villefranche-de-Rouergue

“This is where we must be”: the new sports and health center inaugurated in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
“This is where we must be”: the new sports and health center inaugurated in Villefranche-de-Rouergue

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The municipality and Ufolep inaugurated the new premises which will accommodate the association, before a permanent move to the heart of the city.

“Finally we are there. This new sports and health center is very important for Villefranche,” rejoiced Stéphanie Bayol, city sports assistant, during the inauguration of the premises on Tuesday. A project that has been in the pipeline for several months, in order to welcome Ufolep (French Union of Secular Physical Education Works). A national association which advocates the practice of physical activities “differently”, particularly among a non-licensed public in sports clubs.

Improving accessibility to sport

“This new sports and health center testifies to the dynamism of the Ufolep committee in Aveyron. It is a project which is part of the territory, in a rural area and in a Priority District of the City’s policy. This is where we must be”, declares Arnaud Jean, national president of Ufolep. “Today, there is a large population who are not going to knock on the door of a club, it is up to us to go to them to facilitate the practice of sport. We are going to create a place for meetings and trades”.

The sports and health center is part of a network of 67 other structures in France. “We are also waiting for the legacy of the Olympic Games which will help us build a beautiful stone for our project,” adds the president of Ufolep.

Bringing associations back to the heart of the city

This inauguration is only the first step in the project of this sports and health center. After several months in the premises of the Atelier de la Fontaine, Ufolep is now taking up residence on the Allées Aristide Briand. A temporary solution, before being definitively installed on rue Pomeyrol, the future rue des associations in Villefranche. “We are committed to this ambitious project to have a space dedicated to sport and health in the heart of the city,” underlines Mayor Jean-Sébastien Orcibal. “It is an issue of the development of our territory and a political will that vacant properties in the city center be reused for associations.”

Work on the future premises has already started. In the meantime, several Ufolep activities can be found all summer in different districts of Villefranche (program to come).

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