Nearly 350 young people sweated under the hot sun of the Eure valley. On Tuesday May 17, for this first in a natural place, six MFRs from the region took part in a sports day organized at the instigation of several PE teachers from the Houses concerned.
“The idea was to revitalize sport around an educational virtue, presents Julien Renaud, from the MFR Le Grand mas in Uzès. There are around fifty supervisors and around fifteen speakers throughout the day”.
A medical-educational institute and an apprentice training center (CFA) specializing in sport were present. “We also highlight sporting values such as cohesion, surpassing oneself, always in a playful aspect”, adds Arnaud Bertrand, professor at the MFR of Marguerittes.
Julie-Anna Roudil, professor at Castillon-du-Gard also took a large part in setting up the event and spoke several times on the stage set up for the award ceremony and the launch of the various activities.
Cross, archery and football
Who says awards, says competition. The day thus began with cross country races in the natural setting of the Eure valley. “Two distances were proposed, 3 and 6km. A podium rewarded the three best boys and the three best girls, details Julien Renaud. A hike was also offered to explore the valley.”
In addition to the competitive aspect, the discovery of several disciplines enlivened the day. Ultimate frisbee, archery, rugby and football have given rise to numerous matches. “It’s nice to see the young people so involved throughout the day,” rejoices Arnaud Bertrand. We feel that they needed and wanted to meet around sport after all this time.
“We used to create these kinds of events for charitable causes for more than 10 years, especially with organizations like Ela. But rarely in such an emblematic place, recalls Julien Renaud. This first in the Eure valley is a success. We received the support of the Town Hall. The event is part of the Terre de jeux label. There is a real desire to transmit knowledge and passion”.
In addition to discovering several practices, the 350 or so young people were able to share and enrich themselves with the experiences of several sports figures. Lionel Lefebvre (read below) notably answered the call.
“In the region, there are few opportunities for young people to talk about sport, recognizes the member of the French bobsleigh team. It is also an opportunity to talk about the Winter Olympics, bobsleigh which is relatively unknown. I attach great importance to this sharing with young audiences in schools”.
Alain Portes, former handball international at the time of the Barjots, in the 90s and coach of several national teams such as the French women’s team, came into contact with young people. “It allows you to see that young people can be passionate and motivated by sports practice, says the one who is now a PE teacher. We insist on the values that sport promotes, it is important”.
Learn as much in class as outside
Olivier Bernard, president of the MFRs of Gard and Hérault, was also on hand to support the organization. “It highlights the educational tool that an MFR represents. It is possible to learn as much in class as outside, in contact with the field”.
Finally, Didier Hamon, from 16-30 formation, presented the formations available. “Several BPJEPS can make you want to. There is a lot of room for young people who have a project, with the motivation to see it through. In the sports professions such as those in catering, there are more offers than requests,” notes Didier Hamon.
A bit of Olympism in the Eure Valley
Castillonese professional athlete Lionel Lefebvre, who participated in the last Winter Olympics in Tokyo with the French bobsleigh teameigh,discussed at length with young people and teachers about his training, the other sports he practices or his relations with sponsors.