Introduced to handball by professional players, students from a priority neighborhood broaden their perspectives.

[CA Estérel Côte d’Azur, Var, 5 communes, 116 000 hab.] A few hundred meters separated them. On the one hand, the Jean-François-Krakowski sports hall, in Saint-Raphaël, and its handball champions. Gabelle, on the other hand, in Fréjus, QPV and its inhabitants with a median annual income of 10,700 euros. Two worlds that, to date, have not intersected.

To break this invisible wall, National Education, Saint-Raphaël Var handball and the that Estérel Côte d’Azur is launching, from autumn 2021 to spring 2022, a sports partnership for the attention of 112 CM2 students in the Gabelle district. Five classes thus benefited from eight handball initiation sessions, under the guidance of instructors from this professional club of national and European renown.

Social issues

“The goal is to get them to discover a collective game and to meet them with top athletes,” explained Jean-Luc Raynal, National Education inspector (read below). These kids live mostly difficult conditions, practicing small cultural or sporting activities, sometimes complicated school paths… The internship gives them an opening.Training sessions take place at the Palais des Sports, a sports arena that is usually reserved for French championship or European Cup matches.

The inter-school tournament, mixed, also occurs in this legendary place. “It is not by being content to carry out activities in neighborhood priorities that we will succeed in helping the populations living there to unite,” defended Frédéric Masquelier, president of CA, who spends the component. “Transportation” in operation. Convinced. I am, on the contrary, that we can effectively address societal issues by evicting residents from their neighborhood. »

The students were sponsored by professional athletes: French Adrien Dipanda, world champion in 2017, and Raphaël Caucheteux, top scorer in French championship history, and Spanish Daniel Sarmiento, bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The latter went to the classrooms. “The meetings are prepared by the teachers, Jean-Luc Raynal determined. Champions recount their lives as leading athletes, training, participating in championships, preparing for the Olympic Games, passing on the values ​​of the sport … “

league championship 1

Students and their parents are invited free of charge by the club to attend two games of the French league 1 championship in the sports hall. general manager of the club. We support 300 young people, from 3 to 18 years old. But little came from Gabelle. Most don’t even know there are champions next to them. So the first message is to tell them: this club is there, you can go. »

The mission was accomplished. Some now play handball on the school grounds and some even join sports clubs.

“Developed Respect for Others”

Jean-Luc Raynal, Inspector of National Education for the district of Fréjus – Saint -Raphaël

“Thanks to the partnership with Saint-Raphaël Var handball, 112 students in the hinge classes at CM2 in the Gabelle district, in Fréjus, experienced a sports course with a club of European renown. They met the champions, trained in sports hall, saw a professional game … The values ​​of effort and perseverance, respect for others [chaque élève est passé directeur du jeu/arbitre]developed unity and group spirit.

The taste of sports practice, which promotes health, is encouraged. This course also helps to boost students ’self -confidence. Teachers have seen changes in children taking up sport and becoming more respectful of the rules. »

Contact: Jean-Luc Raynal, National Education Inspector,

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