Before leaving for the Ceyrat crag, Shaheen, Ilam and Mohamed only had a vague idea of what to expect.
From the presentation meeting organized a few days earlier at Albert Camus College, they had learned that they would normally not have classes on three Fridays until the July holidays and would spend the afternoons with physical education teachers from the city of Clermont. Ferrand.
They also understood that they would discover outdoor sports activities and that this cycle of initiation would end with a four-day sports assault at Super Besse from July 5th to 9th. For the rest, even if they were volunteers, they left in the dark, with a slight apprehension shared by their parents.
The first outing at Ceyrat served as a reveal for the seven Albert Camus College students and five Lucie Aubrac College students involved in this Sports Raid project. They attacked with archery and rock climbing, an activity that immediately confronted them with unusual sensations.
“I was a bit scared the first time. It was better the second time. You have to trust the friends who hold the line and that’s difficult. »
Helping these teenagers “develop the values of solidarity, effort and self-transcendence” is one of the goals of this support offered to the 6th and 5th graders.
The Raid sportif project had its first edition in 2018-2019. It was born from exchanges between sports educators in Clermont-Ferrand and their colleagues in Metz, who carry out the same socio-sports work with young people in priority neighborhoods for urban politics. Metz college students will also join the young Clermontois in the Super Besse heist.
“The children were chosen by their institution because they need to be remobilized for their school career,” explains Sébastien Peyrat, head of the sports mission at the city of Clermont and project leader.
“Through sport, we can reconnect them with values like perseverance and self-confidence, while also working on skills and life skills that will be useful to them in school and family.”
Students enrolled in the system undertake to be conscientious, to comply with the rules established by the supervisory team, to behave impeccably at school and on sports outings… “The important thing is that they can draw a parallel with school work,” notes Sébastien Peyrat Celebration . We want to show them that there is progression and that learning an activity can take a long time. »
The achievements are not noted, but after the July raid, an initial balance is drawn up with the families and the college and the behavior with the sports educators is taken into account.
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Then the support for the students who followed at the end of the school year will continue in September. Sébastien Peyrat has already announced this to the college students: “The goal this year is for us to get to know each other. We’ll keep going next year to see if you move forward with confidence. »