French Cycling Federation relies on female coaches

At the turn of what promises to be the year of women’s cycling, the French Cycling Federation has decided that this will be a year of transformation through management. Between the bonus debate and the creation of all new races, we take stock with Mathilde Dupré, national technical adviser in charge of the feminization of the sport and the prevention of sexism and sexual violence.

“Calling the desire to come and do Biking in the federal system such isambition French Cycling Federation. Busy in feminization plan Ambitious since 2015, the organization has positioned women’s cycling and diversity as its core and strategic focus. In this way, the FFC is multiplying initiatives and activities to support the promotion of diversity in its sport. A special honorary title is assigned to the leadership for 2022.

“Indeed, in recent years the number of licensees has been increasing. But we found that we are sorely lacking in female supervision.” expresses Mathilde Dupre. “The more female supervision we have, the more we will give women the opportunity to come and practice. »

2022 dedicated to cycling professions

Civil servants, mechanics, sports directors, sports educators, high-level coaches as well as high-level athletes: the cycling profession is the thread of this new Olympics. “In our plan for feminization, our role is also to support women in professional professions. »

“More and more women are turning to management training. »

Mathilde DUPRE FFCAccording to Mathilde Dupre, this observation is important today: “More and more women are turning to management training. » Thus, the task of the FFC is to maintain this structure, offer training and encourage professions. “You have to show that it is possible, for example, a woman can be a mechanic. What’s more, I recently announced a call for entries dedicated to women, because there are no women mechanics in our teams in France. Men especially told me “you won’t find it.” You just have to fuss with men and I bet I’ll find a woman. In 15 days I had 4 female candidates. So he exists. Opportunities exist. »

For more feminized professions

The specific job description of finding a female mechanic may come as a surprise, yet such differentiated treatment does not come as a shock to a former member of the Chinese team coaching staff: “We are not going to hide the fact that women need to be treated differently. Now mentalities are still changing, of course, but we are left with a heavy cultural burden. We’re in the right car, don’t miss this train. »

This train is currently passing the area of ​​equality of premiums. An object that excites the canvas. In the FFC it “big building”. “Our mountain bike tours and cycling tours in France have the same price brackets. On the road, it is under negotiation. This topic comes up regularly: equality in everything from awards shows to our presentations and bonuses. Making women cyclists as visible as men should be one of our machines.”, – concludes Mathilde Dupre. The National Technical Advisor wants to be mobilized at all levels of action.

Interview with Aurelie Bresson

Photo credit: FFK

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