Sports section Clamecy: training, a necessary link in the success of French handball

Their names are Alban, Keilian, Henri, Enzo, Graciel-Janis, Noah, Thibault, Tom-Bruno, Belko, Nicolas. […]and embody a new generation of French handball in the tradition of Barjot (1993-1996), Strong (2001-2008), Experts (2008-2017), who made handball the most successful team sport in the country. .

premium France U19 team: comments on the art of training at the Maison des Sports de Nevers

From Monday, April 11, the French men’s under-19 team settled in the ducal city with eighteen players from the sports sections, promising Poles.

or training centers.

Behind this success stands the banner of “Made in France” when it comes to finding an explanation for the existence of these dynasties of Garden, Latu, Richardson, Anquetil, Guigu, Gilles, Omeyer, Karabatich and many others. than they have survived since the early 1990s. In Nièvre, the sports section of the Giroud-de-Villette College and the Romain-Rolland High School symbolize this tradition in Clamécy.

Effective territorial network

“We have 24 high school students and 13 college students, girls and boys, all living in a boarding house, from the Niverne and Ikona pools, but not only,” explains Rattaya Vilaifan, section coordinator and federal technical adviser, before pushing the anchor and interest more widely . “We have or have had young people from Côte d’Or, Loiret, Morvan, Marne, Haute-Saône” since its opening, in 2017 (for college) and in 2018 (for high school).

The sports section marked Site Excellence is the first level of the training pyramid. “This is an additional link, closely connected with what we do on the territory and its network, through identification, internships and communication with parents on individual children’s projects. Our role is to support and guide them. »

The goal is for them to have weapons to keep going. If they find a national club 2 or 3, that’s fine with me knowing that studying is and always will be a priority. Rattaya Vilaifanh

(clamecy sports section coordinator)

Seven hours dedicated to handball, including one to two hours in physics, complete the weekly school curriculum for the rest of the year. “Students are moving into 4th grade. This year we will complete the first generation cycle. “Some left him on the path of evolution. This is the case of Neversois goalkeeper Mathis Lamblin (USON), who left for the Dijon pole, who tried the National 2 with his club, or even Vesoulien Mathieu Blaise, now set in the Dijon Métropole reserves in the same hen. “In a year or two, maybe he will sign a professional?? the technician asks.

“After bachelor’s, we naturally lose children. They leave for secondary studies,” sums up Rattaya Vilaifanh. “The goal is for them to have weapons to keep moving forward. If they find a national club 2 or 3, that’s fine with me knowing that studying is and always will be a priority. That’s why we try to be very vigilant when applying. Seven hours of work in addition to studying, this is important. We know there can be an impact. That’s all we don’t want. The child must thrive in school, as in handball. You can’t do one at the expense of the other, otherwise you yourself will get into trouble. »

Good advice from Patrice Annone, former PSG handball goalkeeper, to Nivernay goalkeepers

“Handball is a traditional high school sport,” recalls Mikael André, co-president of USO Nevers, who is responsible for organizing the tricolor course along with a departmental committee. “His outbreak in France did not start with the first results,” continues Pascal Guérin, president of the Nièvre committee. “You have to go back thirty years. »

These two are refining their thinking about implementing detections, again at the training level. “They take precedence in all leagues over championships. There is collaboration at all levels on schedules that set priorities. If a player under the age of 13 goes to play for a club and not for tests, his team is subject to sanctions. This is a philosophy specific to handball. »

“We are moving towards professionalization”

This federal commitment avoids “antagonism.” Because you don’t have to choose,” sums up Mikael André. “There is no competition between training at the club and working in the league. This is complementarity. Everyone understood this, everyone adheres to it, because everyone wins. »

To go further in thought, Rattaya Vilaiphanh, always following the example of Nievre, invokes the influence of another formation. What concerns curators, volunteers of associations. “When I arrived in Nièvre in 2009,” he explains, “there was not a single person who received the title of 4 handball teacher. Since then, I have witnessed a real evolution. We are aiming for a professionalization”, as for example the so-called training, now transferred from Besançon to Clamécy, twice a week with… nine students (seven Nivernais and two Icones).

Sports section in Nevers in 2023??

“It is important to train those who work with young people on a daily basis as close to the future of our sport as possible. Everything is connected, everything converges. We manage to work, being a rural department. This is a hand. We find time to move forward by doing things in order. »

In this context, the idea of ​​creating an identical section on Never is gaining momentum. “This is a groundbreaking project for the start of the 2023 school year, jointly led by a committee, USO Nevers and ASA Vauzelles,” said Pascal Guerin and Mikael André. “I would also like to eventually create a class converted into a college in Decize,” concludes Pascal Guérin. Continue to make a small contribution to the development of new generations of Barjots.

There are two of them in Burgundy-Franche-Comte: in Dijon (section of Excellence, 1st and Terminal) and in Besançon (section of accession, 3rd and 2nd).

Podgorica and euro pass through Nevers

Arriving in Nevers on Monday 11 April for a training camp that runs until Sunday 17 April, the France U19 (under 19) team will play two friendly matches against Denmark, on Friday 15 April (20:00) and on Saturday 16 April (7:00). 30 hours). Eighteen players and their coach, Pascal Person, settled into the Maison des Sports where they practiced every day.

The French are preparing for the U18 European Championship in Podgorica (Montenegro, from August 2 to 15), where they will meet with Spain, Sweden and the Faroe Islands. Nevers will be followed by two more courses to the Ile d’Oléron (from 11 to 18 July), then to Ageno (from 21 to 28 July). French selection U19 Guardians: Thibault Le Bury (Phoenix Toulouse), Graciel-Yannis Queré (Tremblay-en-France) and Stany Soulier (Chambery).
Left wingers: Luca Favre (Dijon Metropol) and Pierre-Alexis Favril (Mainvilliers-Chartres). Left backs: Michal Baran (Cesson Rennes), Keilian Traore (Créteil) and Gallian Varlet (Dijon).
Half centers: Ethan Bandaranake (Villeurbanne), Alban Simonnet (Nantes) and Nicolas Tibergien (Dunkirk). Turns: Noah Kouadio (Saint-Raphael), Mathis Lobjoie (Compiegne) and Tom-Bruno Semba (University Success and Phoenix). Right backs: Henri Kirtz (Dunkirk) and Tristan Michel (Kahn).

Right wingers:

Remy Peyre (Nimes) and Emilien Peyronnet (Aix-en-Savoie).