For Paris 2024, the British on the grounds of Paris Saint-Germain

SPORT BUSINESS OBSERVATORYHoly land of PSG with the Camp des Loges, the city of Saint-Germain-en-Laye will host Team GB with the signing of a historic agreement as the 2024 Olympics approach.

Souad Soulimani has been a member of the Sport Business Observatory since 2016. Founder of MediaSpoliS, specializing in media education and the production of content dedicated to female leadership, she is also president of Radio Déclic, which gives a voice to the inhabitants of working-class neighborhoods on major social issues. The Sport Business Observatory is the think tank of the company In&Sport whose task is to analyze and decipher the evolution of sport, both in its economic and social dimensions.

We knew the city of Saint-Germain-en-Laye as the birthplace of the Paris SG football club, but it was a very different influence that we discovered on Thursday 28 April. That of an Olympic city open to the world and ready to meet all sporting, economic and social challenges. This is the message the mayor immediately addressed to the journalists who came in droves to witness this historic moment with the signing of an agreement between Team Great Britain and the city, called Terre de Jeux, which was then an Olympic preparation center became.

This welcome is primarily an improvement of the territory and its facilities, but also and above all a message to the inhabitants: “Sport should be an art of living fully integrated into habits. This signature is important not for fame, but for the values ​​we carry and want to convey in a city where education is central with the asserted desire that every schoolchild has access to a sport that allows them to enjoy fun, well-being and self-transcendence. to combine

Testimony and Legacy

These words resound a few months before the opening of the JOP and the Olympic Vice Champion (Barcelona 1992) Jean-Philippe Gatien who represents the COJO confirms, he who knows how much Sport can change trajectories and destinies: “What will happen here and what will come to life in the coming months makes sense and will impact the daily lives of thousands of young people who will be able to identify with athletes and realize that you can achieve your dreams. Sport in school and the well-being of the younger generations are clearly a heritage that we must safeguard and claim. To have Team Great Britain is to let the inhabitants experience the JOP differently by writing down beautiful memories. I who was an athlete, I know how much the Olympics can unite and transport a whole people

Brigitte Henriques and Team GB MediaSpoliS, Timothée Trillat

The real headquarters of Team GB in 2024, it is in a privileged living environment with sports equipment and quality reception services that the city will host the training of British athletes for almost all disciplines in which they hope to qualify. Currently, in the run-up to the Games, athletes from hockey, football, athletics, rugby sevens and weightlifting are training. Any equipment visited for the occasion and presented to the press allows them to prepare in optimal conditions with the Georges-Lefèvre stadium: a 12-hectare multi-sport complex, located in the heart of the Saint-Germain forest , opposite the Camp des Lodges, this multi-sports complex will become the training ground for British Olympians and will benefit from some improvements: 1.4 million euros for the athletic stadium. There will also be the swimming pool The dome “which will house the synchronized swimming team, the gymnasiums of the city for the various practices” within Finally, the Poissy/Saint-Germain-en-Laye hospital will welcome athletes and staff for sports medicine and medical imaging.

Performance and belonging

It’s a choice that Sir Hugh Robertson, chairman of the British Olympic Committee, likes to say, explaining that “ Team GB needs an excellent prep camp to achieve its lofty athletic goals. Saint-Germain-en-Laye offered us quality facilities and we felt that we were in a truly international city where our intense sports stays will be very pleasant to experience and share. And precisely, the CNOSF, represented by its President, Brigitte Henriques, plans to make these Olympic and Paralympic Games the planetary event of sharing and passing on: “It is a city where sport has its place and with the infrastructure visited we realize that everyone will be able to benefit from the dynamism and that’s all, we are there. Local authorities are starting to adopt JOPs and involve the entire population. It is this beautiful heritage that we want to continue to carry out in order to delve deeper into sport for all, health sport and what we will leave behind to the younger generations. The Olympics are a unique platform that brings together and engages all generations to erase and breathe new life into inequalities that leave no one on the side of the road. We are mobilized to meet all challenges by winning medals, yes, but above all by being part of a culture of heritage and transmission

Île-de-France, a region between history and memory

This planetary route is mainly Ile-de-France for the one who will conclude our exchanges, Evelyne Ciriegi, president of the Regional Olympic Sports Committee of Île-de-France, also president of the Regional Sports Conference, emphasizes: “The sports movement is rich in passionate women and men who convey essential values ​​such as respect, friendship, excellence and a sense of belonging, as President Henriques so often reminds us. Our competitions and regional committees welcome practitioners all year round and work to make Paris 2024 a global showcase of the regional wealth of the Ile-de-France region. The enormous work done by the teams of Saint-Germain-en-Laye confirms that the Île-de-France region will be clearly there for the JOP with sport for everyone, of all ages and with full memories. who from near or far will participate in the most watched sporting event in the world

And speaking of memories, to end the day, Mayor Arnaud Péricard will say with all his pride and thinly veiled emotion that he was at Olympic time: “1924/2024 marks the 100th birthday of my grandfather who won silver in tennis“. A sporty grandpa who can be proud from up there to see the values ​​of Olympism pass through time and the performances become timeless memories that unite all generations. And for a long time.