The children of Marcouville discover rugby at the Cergy-Pontoise Racing Club

The Cergy-Pontoise Conurbation Racing Club (RCACP) welcomes groups of children enrolled at the Marcouville leisure center as part of a program set up by the Ligue Île-de-France to promote rugby in working-class areas.
The Cergy-Pontoise Conurbation Racing Club (RCACP) welcomes groups of children enrolled at the Marcouville leisure center as part of a program set up by the Ligue Île-de-France to promote rugby in working-class areas. (©Jo.C. / La Gazette du Val-d’Oise / Actu.fr)

“The rules of rugby are a bit complicated to understand, but I enjoyed playing it, although I still prefer it Soccer says Curtis, 9 years old. “Luckily it didn’t rain and it wasn’t too cold! “, he adds.

With 17 other children, boys and girls aged 8 to 12, registered at the socio-cultural center of Marcouville, in pontoise (Val d’Oise) Curtis discovered the practice of the oval ball on the lawn of the Jean Loustau Stadium.

Le Racing Club of the Cergy-Pontoise agglomeration (RCACP) regularly receives groups of children not licensed as part of a programme Advertisement for rugby in which popular neighborhoods started from the Ile-de-France League (LIFR) in 2020.

A second family

The inauguration was overseen by Messon Cullinyoung Mainstay of the first team the RCACP, one of the twelve regional sports directors (AST) sent by the Regionalliga to work on the programme 24 clubs, 24 political districts of the city. “We have a simple and safe way of playing without duels,” explains the moderator.

Children in the action of the game.
Children in the action of the game. (©Jo.C. / La Gazette du Val-d’Oise / Actu.fr)

“Messon, who is a pure product of the club where he arrived at the age of 7, of course carries out missions with a rugby dimension, but also and above all civic and socio-educational tasks Priority neighborhoods for city politics (QPV) of the Cergy-Pontoise agglomeration”. Sandrine ClaryCo-President of the RCACP, in charge of Rugby School.

“We use the association’s networks, for example to make it easier for young people to start their careers,” the manager explains.

The principle of the program is to bring the practice of the discipline closer to all listeners and help them build their skills or ideally even get them into the clubs. Basically: proving that a rugby club can become a second family.

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The RCACP therefore plans to go further.

“In cooperation withAssociation Aquarel et la City of Pontoisewe will go directly in the quarters priorities and theirs schoolsas soon as around Ludovic Piette school groupin an attempt to uncover potential licensees, and is possible out of girl ‘” emphasizes Sandrine Clary.

The regional league has also agreedinvite youth worried to see a professional game from race 92 Ouch In the arena.

“Go and find potential licensees”

“We know rugby isn’t the most popular sport in the neighborhoods,” he admits David Prou, the other co-president of the club, for whom joining the mechanism proposed by the LIFR is perfectly in line with the policy pursued by the club. Concrete work is also being done on the latter louvrais, but also in other municipalities of the agglomeration such Cergy or Saint-Ouen-l’Aumoneouch Clos du Roi and to Chennevières Parc Lenôtre.

It is also about “a soul complement through help with homework, excursions, help in finding an internship or job, animation actions of all kinds that make it possible to highlight the talents that these areas hide,” emphasizes Lifr .

The snack after the effort,
The snack after the effort, according to Boubou “the best moment”. (©Jo.C. / La Gazette du Val-d’Oise / Actu.fr)

The formula actually seems to work: “If a coach offers me a contract, I sign it straight away,” laughs Djibril, 9 years old. “The best moment of the day was the snack after sport,” says Boubou, 11 years old, with a smile.

A new initiation will be offered on Wednesday April 20th. The program lasts four years.

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