In a tribune published Saturday, November 21 on the website of the team, neighborhood sports associations demand the holding of a “Grenelle for education and inclusion through sport” while the crisis linked to Covid-19 places these structures “on the edge of the abyss”.
“The meeting of the world of sport which announces 400 million euros this week does not target the most troubled areas of our country! We would like to be heard in the context of the recovery plan”, explains the fifty or so signatory associations, supported by some personalities from the sports world (Gaël Fickou, vice-captain of the French rugby team, Frédéric Thiriez, former president of the Professional Football League, Nordine Oubaali, world champion WBC bantamweight boxing), artists (singer Cali) or even some local elected officials.
The forum refers to the meeting on Tuesday between Emmanuel Macron and French sports officials, which resulted in announcements of aid for amateurs and professionals.
“Sports educators who work in difficult areas are compasses, pillars, guides to young people in need of hope”, recalls the text.
A Grenelle for education and inclusion through sport “bringing together (…) associations, communities, federations and companies (…) will bring to the fore the benefits of our actions and will propose urgent new axes of public policies around the social performance of sport, already in place in many cities “.
At the same time, the signatories request the creation of a “long-term fund of 50 million euros, easy to use, to ensure the survival of sports associations involved in the districts of our country”.