With this event, which happens only once in a century in our country, it is a unique opportunity for our republic to breathe new life into its values of brotherhood. These games are an opportunity for national reconciliation, while the seeds of discord are sown periodically by those who want our republican model of integration to fail.
Our sports communism is a daily reality in our municipalities, whose Olympic champions from our suburban towns are the tip of the iceberg. This municipal Olympics has its heroes with the thousands of volunteer sports teachers who take care of our children every weekend on the sports fields. They are the cornerstones of our municipal ecosystem and our local sports project.
By appointing a Minister of Sports, the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in our history, the President of the Republic and the Government have taken a first step towards JOPs, which should be an accelerator to make sport a right and France to a sports Nation. But this will be insufficient without a fully mobilized nation.
Based on the model of the Cités Educatives system, which brings together National Education, municipalities, parents and associations, we have launched the Olympic Cities in our working-class cities.
This Olympic city we imagined last October 16, in Bercy, on the occasion of the Paris Grand Slam of judo in the 4 years of Grigny’s appeal with almost 200 elected officials, Olympic medalists and representatives of sports federations.
In our neighborhoods, the number of young people is significant, but proportionally very low in sports clubs, key players in the preservation of our republican model. Less than 15% of the inhabitants of the political district in the city have a sports license in a club compared to 35% nationally (IRDS), and if we remove football it is much less.
Today it is not enough to host the Olympic Games for everyone to play sport and for the benefits of sport to be recognized for their true value, we must make sport a right, yes we are not afraid to claim that sport is a right!
Building a sports nation begins by considering sport as a right for all and not a recommendation or a cost, but an investment in the future that improves social cohesion, promotes emancipation and reduces health costs.
Sport, a factor of integration and fraternity, is a huge lever for self-confidence, education, transmission of values of peace, professional integration, health and social ties.
All children and young people must have access to sport by bringing the right to sport into the lives of everyone. Let’s move forward with innovative devices such as Sport Pass, which has exploded the number of signups, especially among young girls, the same for the 30 minute offer 1 hour/day by linking sports clubs, as we did with academy sports. Let’s create real third sports venues in every popular neighborhood and in rural areas as proposed by sports federations such as the French Judo Federation with the 1,000 Dojos program.
The challenge is also to increase the competences of the sports movement, which requires recognition of the role of athletes in social-professional integration through the development of funds allocated to socio-athletic pathways. Training educators, creating Olympic supply contracts to go into schools, neighborhoods and the countryside.
We are all convinced that sport is at the heart of the emancipation of young people and more generally of societal issues. It helps to create social bonds, to revitalize the areas and also promotes social diversity while fully participating in education and health.
To meet the challenge of making sport a right, it is necessary to:
- To develop an ambitious strategy built around an ecosystem of collaboration between the actors in the target areas (sports movement, residents, local authorities, national education, etc.),
- Relying on a management consisting of the main players,
- To pursue the goals of equality, integration and citizenship.
- Reversing the traditional ‘demand to supply’ approach to access to club sport and proposing a proactive ‘supply to demand’ approach.
In a world characterized by violence, sport is the guarantee of peace. It is also a school of life and respect. Everywhere we want to bring the universal values of sport to life in our neighbourhoods, in our streets, in our gymnasiums. Two years after the Games, my city is Olympic!
- Philippe Rio, mayor of Grigny
- Gilles Leproust, Mayor of Allaunes and President of Cities and Suburbs
- Catherine Arenou, Mayor of Chanteloup les Vignes
- Damien Allouch, Mayor of Epinay sous Sénart
- Guillaume Delbar, Mayor of Roubaix
- Benoit Jimenez, Mayor of Garges lès Gonesse