City politicians want more sports

Expectations are clear. On July 8th, more than 250 professional, institutional and associative actors, as well as members of the Citizens’ Council, were enrolled in “Sports in the Working Class Neighborhood: What’s the Problem with Urban Policy?” I participated in a webinar on the question “Is it?” In addition, participants who never stopped providing opinions, questions, and requests for new discussion time to the chat during the exchange. Organizer, Three Urban Policy Resource Centers (Urban Research Institute, Resource Track, Reso) For members of the City) Sports Working Group, the message is clear. Urban policy players are on the lookout for sports … rather than the term social sports. Use this lever to include, reduce inequality, It is expanding because it covers all forms of action aimed at integration …

However, the subject matter is old and “it has been an active field of study for 25 years,” reports Gilles Vieille-Marchiset, a professor of sports and social sciences at the University of Strasbourg. The French state was the birthplace of sports with a social mission, relayed by the sportsmen of the district itself in the 1980s. Since 2015, sports have been the subject of a section on urban contracts, recalling Hélène Chapet, who was in charge of “Social Connections and Neighborhood Images” at ANCT, “The March 25, 2019 Circulation is the Way It Can Do It.” Develop talents, have values, and even become a structuring axis for territorial projects. ” Since then, many local governments and associations have been mobilized to act in these directions.

“Immediate problem”

But today’s two new elements encourage us to move further. This is a serious crisis that has highlighted and exacerbated the health effects of urban contract renewals in the coming months and low-level sporting activities in popular areas. .. For Gilles Vieille-Marchiset, this is one of the current “imminent problems”. He intends to propose it in the Health Committee for Youth and Children of the High Council of Public Health, of which he is a member.

According to him, another “imminent subject”: “We must work with the entire population.” At the Ministry of Sports, Stephanie Hodde Rabau, Deputy Head of Public Policy Development, confirms: Inequality in access to sports due to disabilities and income is also “emphasized in the neighborhood.” In particular, “We have a supply policy and we are not responding to demand.” For example, she reports a group of dissatisfied pass sports users asked by the ministry on how to simplify the information tools linked to the system. It could be the evolution of practitioners and sportsmen, not the evolution of the federation. “

About “more accurate specifications”

Gilles Vieille-Marchiset believes that more and more integrated behaviors through education, inclusion, or sports also deserve a more mature stage, giving some ideas. Some conditions: taking a pretty fun sporting approach because competition chooses itself, acting on a person considering his aides or even the moments of his life, knowing sports but educators Relying on actors who are also professionals or teachers, for example, building social education alliances among clubs, universities, prevention associations, etc., and commending social sports educators through better salaries and training. “

Finally, for the scholar, “it is self-evident that clubs need to participate in urban politics,” as researchers recognize that “sports do not have the magical function of answering social questions.” There is none”. Do so. “Therefore, in order to be able to raise money, we must be able to accommodate more accurate structural specifications,” he believes.

To put it into practice, the participants in this webinar want to spend another time, especially to discuss their experiences. This is planned by three political resource centers in the organized city, opening the sports working group to volunteers.

State Funding: Continuing Efforts

In 2022, the state will allocate € 96 million for proximity sports equipment, of which € 81 million will be allocated, according to the webinar by Stéphanie Hocde-Labau, Deputy Director of Public Policy Development of the Ministry of Sports. It has been. For Urban Policy Priority Neighborhood (QPV) and Rural Revitalization Zone (ZRR). Implemented by the National Sports Agency and aimed at assisting coaching, the Goma System aims to train 6,000 young people (2022, 800 from January) with a 37% utilization of QPV. increase. Similar to earlier youth guarantees, youth employment contracts benefit 30% of the inhabitants of these areas in groups aged 16-18. Finally, Pass Sports, which is already associated with 1.35 million young people and 55,000 buildings, has a 13% utilization in QPV. “We can be satisfied when we know that these areas make up 7% of France’s population, but we need to continue, because this reliance is among young girls and non-profit. It remains low on the part of the commercial organization. Approved. ” Similarly, the ministry “continues to mesh the territory” with a sports health center and “links that allow you to return to physical activity.” Currently, 91 of 436 are included in the QPV.