Strasbourg’s “Land of Games”
The 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will not only have a great impact Paris, but rather on the entire France.
City of Strasbourg wishes to use these Games as an accelerator in a long-term perspective in order to build its legacy. The mission is to create awareness of the benefits of healthy lifestyle and sports. In order to permanently change the relationship people have towards physical activity, it is necessary to show the impact of sport. Having in mind that many people suffer from chronic diseases and mental health disorders, it is beneficial for them in particular to engage in physical activity.
The Olympic Games Organizing Committee (OCOG) presented several programs that may be of interest to local authorities. One of those is the “Terre de Jeux 2024” project which aims to develop active cities. This project consists of developing public spaces and buildings in order to encourage physical or sporting activity of the citizens. As this meeting was primarily intended for local officials, the director of the National Sports Agency, Frédéric Sanaur recalled that local authorities can benefit from funding their local sports grounds by contacting the ANS. The program entitled “Gagner du Terrain” aimed at financing and promoting access to local sports facilities.
Following the recent “Terre de Jeux” summit, mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian, posted on her social media the following: “Excellence, friendship, respect. The values of the Olympics resonate strongly in Strasbourg. And not just today. Strasbourg, Olympic and Paralympic city, with its 9 facilities, is labeled as the Games Preparation Center. The city is especially rich in its 300 sport clubs, which allowed residents to embark on the adventure all summer long, engaging in 24 different disciplines from the three sports villages in Baggersee, Hautepierre and Wacken. Strasbourg is a sporting city.” She also noted that this year the city extended its grant aid. And by doing so, they helped over 20,000 children and made Strasbourg a pioneering city in sport and health.
Strasbourg is an international and hospitable city. It is also the winner of the “Impact 2024” award for its “Solidarity sport for refugees” project which allows residents and newcomers to meet up and play together. Mayor of Strasbourg also noted that the city welcomes the delegation of refugee and stateless athletes. As well as that sport is a powerful tool of integration, social innovation and well-being. (photo credit: strabourg.eu)