Label Terre de Jeux, a tool to bring sport into everyday life

In Yvelines, more than 80 communities have the Terre de Jeux label. A way to give sport a place in the daily lives of their inhabitants.

In Chesnay-Rocquencourt, children are the actors of Terre de Jeux. © City Hall of Chesnay-Rcoquencourt.

It stands proudly in the entrance of the town hall, on the counter. In Épône, the Terre de Jeux label has a strong symbolism. “There are 14 sports associations. Football, rugby, cycling, jeu de boules, martial arts… That’s a lot for a city of 6,500 inhabitants”, explains mayor and departmental councilor Guy Muller. As Paris quickly approaches 2024, many municipalities want to join this dynamic. This city in the Seine Valley is one of them. If no event or preparation center is planned, there is no missing out.† “Sport is a primal thing”, confides the mayor, himself a former athlete, “I think that sport creates a strong social bond with all target groups”.

By obtaining the label, Epône is therefore committed to the dynamics of the Games. “But the goal goes beyond 2024,” confided the elected official, “the idea is to promote the daily practice of sports, it is to emphasize a state of mind”.

Cycling in the Autonomous Residence of Cytises, improvement of infrastructure, permanent exchanges with associations… The town hall is ready to develop the practice of sports. It will even host a Coupe de France de VTT Trial event in 2023 at the Julien Absalon stadium., designed for the practice of this discipline and labeled by the French Federation, a first. “It is a first sign of heritage”, the mayor analyzes.

Invest and improve sports equipment

In Epône there are many activities. © Epône . Town Hall

The Legacy of the Olympics, the municipality of Chesnay-Rocquencourt also wants its inhabitants to benefit from it† After obtaining the label, the sports department immediately addressed school children. “The city schools CE2s have been rock climbing this year,” said Aude Mulot, sports director.

“We have ETAPS (Territorial Educator of Physical and Sporting Activities) which is dynamic, it was important to emphasize them to our students. It is also an opportunity to get school children to invest in new municipal equipment with the climbing wall,” says the manager.

On the student side, it is also an opportunity to discover a new sports practice and understand the values ​​of sports† “Climbing gives you confidence. You have to manage to climb, then trust the friends who take care of the rappelling down. It is also a discovery of his body and his motor skills “, adds Daphné Fauvet, his assistant.

Invite all volunteers to play sports by Terre de Jeux . to be

Para sports is also part of it. © Epône . Town Hall

Last May, the city even launched a new event. This is open to everyone. “Target 2024km has made it possible to unite all inhabitants for a common challenge and objective,” says Aude Mulot. The goal is simple, record his sports and exercise sessions and send the full mileage to the town hall. “An incredible success, in one week we covered 6,800 km. The inhabitants are very motivated, they have run, walked, cycled, even rode horses…”, explains Aude Mulot. A total of almost 400 participations, including that of the mayor and his deputies.

But it is not only a challenge, it is also an opportunity for the city to develop sport. Aware that the Chesnay courtois are practicing more and more, the town hall has committed itself to building a multi-sports field, one for beach volleyball and another for air badminton, open to all† Not to mention the reconstruction of his health course in the forest of Fausses-Reposes with six new devices. “We hope to experience the Games to the fullest, especially as the cycling race will pass through our city. The label is a way to be an actor and leave a legacy in the city,” confides Aude Mulot.

On the event side, Epône is unbeatable. Terre de Sports Week, Golf at the castle in collaboration with the Federation, Olympic and Paralympic Week, sports forum and large Color Run in favor of Pink October.

“It is these moments that bind the residents, among themselves, but also with the neighboring municipalities. The label is primarily a means of communication intended to develop ties between residents,” confides Guy Muller.