Le Golf National as a playground(

Since 1948, the date of June 23 celebrates each year the heritage of Stone coubertin. Throughout the world, we thus commemorate the founding of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on June 23, 1894, through the Olympic day organized at the discretion of the national committees. “It’s a celebration of sport, health and coming together. It invites all the inhabitants of the globe to be active and to move together for a specific purpose. […] This day is about making the world a better place through sport.”, is it explained on the official website of the movement. Placed under the sign of peace, the 2022 edition is spread over several days, until its climax on Sunday June 26 at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis (93). Returning to the Olympic program on the occasion of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, golf will naturally be one of the disciplines described during this great sports festival organized on the forecourt of the mythical enclosure.

1200 students in the department

However, the Olympic day did not wait for the weekend to start. These Wednesday and Thursday, the agglomeration of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (SQY) organized a major event for schoolchildren, grouped together in one of the five sites in the department which will host Olympic competitions: the national golf. “We wanted to give children the opportunity to discover a whole range of sports through around forty workshops to choose from. By organizing this event over two days thanks to the kind welcome of Philippe Pilato (the director of the GN, editor’s note) and his teams, so we were able to offer this chance to twice as many children »welcomes Arnaud Broker, SQY Director of Sports and Special Advisor for Olympics & Legacy. In total, nearly 1,200 students from CM2 and 6e classes in establishments in the agglomeration and Yvelines had the opportunity to learn about golf, but also – among other things – speedminton, wheelchair rugby, BMW, archery orultimate.

The issue of social heritage

The event also allowed children to team up in a flash mob prepared in advance in their respective classes and choreographed by the hip-hop dancer Ifra Dia. “Sport is the greatest vector of social ties, the best way to fight against inequalities”indicates Arnaud Courtier. “Like the National Velodrome, the National Golf is an infrastructure that has existed for years, and which is above all accessible to everyone, from the top athlete to the kid from the local school. Here, the material legacy of the Olympics is already there; our main issue is therefore the social legacy, and with this type of event on is really at the heart of the Olympic values. » As a reminder, the Albatros course will host the men’s Olympic events from August 1 to 4, 2024, and women’s from August 7 to 10.

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