Sports ambitions of new green municipalities

Municipal elections were not held on this basis: sport, especially during the coronavirus, was not the main topic of the last campaign. However, in most major cities where elected environmentalists have won, the new city councilors intend to paint a different picture than their predecessors. Of course, with lots of green accents. But not only.

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The new agreement begins with a rebalancing between professional and amateur sports. “This is not about denying the importance of professional clubs, vectors of identity, social cohesion, celebration and attraction.emphasizes Julie Noubla-Fort, the new sports assistant to the mayor of Lyon, Gregory Doucet. But they are eating up a disproportionate share of the subsidies, and I intend to bring everyone around the table to revise the award criteria with a focus on diversity, youth education, the inclusion of athletes with disabilities, specific actions from an environmental point of view. All of these items are currently unassessed. »

Redistribution of subsidies for amateur sports

In Bordeaux, taken on June 28 by ecologist Pierre Hurmik, the new deputy for sports, Mathieu Azouard, is on the same line: “In terms of subsidies, ambiguity or tradition still reigns. Therefore, I want to create a sports council responsible for evaluating the intervention next year to set new rules. » Some predict the coming tension that Abdel Ghezali wants to avoid in Besançon. The Socialist MP bets on succession by finding the delegation he held in the outgoing municipal team, which also included the town hall’s new tenant, environmentalist Anne Vigneaux. “Our top-level assistance will remain at €1.6m as our professional clubs need strong signs of support during this very difficult Covid-19 period.he assures. Professional sports and amateur sports feed off each other, girls from the flagship handball team, for example, participate in schools, neighborhoods and in the life of the city. »

Between distancing and new partnerships, it’s a whole relationship that can be turned on its head. In Lyon, Julie Nubla-Fort is determined to convince big clubs and top athletes to carry an environmental message. “They have a role to play in the ecological transition, and I hope that they will also take part in the reflections within the House of Ecological Mutations that we will create. In order to do sports better in the city, it is also necessary to rethink urban planning to facilitate the practice, integrate global warming into this reflection, etc.”

Rediscovering the inclusive values ​​of sport

Green ambitions are, of course, ubiquitous. But for a select few environmentalists, reaching out to the amateur world is tantamount to strengthening the social dimension of sport as a whole. In Strasbourg, the new mayor of EELV Zhanna Barseghyan can include her sports assistant Hovusu Tufuor in this register. This active worker from Ghana wants to draw inspiration from her career. “I came to France at the age of 15 and without speaking a word of French, thanks to my football coach I was able to fit in, He says. Sport as a social bond, a vector of citizenship and even access to employment, is what needs to be put forward. Sports must become inclusive again at all costs. »

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In Besançon, Abdel Ghezali intends to provide popular areas with club-trained educators. “They will be paid by the municipality, not volunteersHe says. We must provide human and financial resources to help sports associations promote diversified practices in disadvantaged areas. » All newly elected officials also point to a serious infrastructural problem. “There is a real shortage of local facilities in Bordeaux, which are either falling into disrepair or completely absent in certain areas.sorry Mathieu Azouardwe also have to go back to the basics: renovating and building, obviously with environmental standards.”. Sport as a remedy for the excesses of a difficult neighborhood? Between traditional left-wing politics and new ideas, green municipalities have their own work to do.