Montpellier: the students of Amos Sport Business School are on the move

The first edition of the Sport and Sustainable Development Trophy took place on Thursday 16 June.

Since February, six students from Amos Sport Business School Montpellier have set up a project that combines sport and ecology. The aim was to promote and reward actions that are part of the approaches to sustainable development by French athletes, but also to introduce the sports movement to this problem and create new synergies.

“As part of our event course, we wanted to create a concrete projectexplains Jérémy Lamaty, a student at the Amos Sport Business School. We wondered what we could link to sports to host an awards ceremony. Sustainable development is an increasingly important topic in society.” “We feel the effects of climate change, his comrade Mathis Garcia completes. It is a topical theme that fits in with our society, which appeals to a wide audience.”

Last Thursday, therefore, the first edition of the Sport and Sustainable Development Trophy took place in the Pierrevives amphitheater in Montpellier. The event rewarded two projects out of eleven presented. All candidates had five minutes to present themselves and two more minutes to answer the questions of the two juries. One consists of students from the Montpellier school and the other of partners.

Find synergies

The latter was chaired by Julien Pierre, former French rugby international and founder of Fair play for planet, the first environmental label for the sports world. “As a partner of Amos Sport Business School, it was obvious to participate in this project, he explained. We know that climate change is very present, that we need to change things and find solutions. Rewarding project leaders is important. It is only natural to be there as a jury member and it is even an honor to be chairman. This event makes it possible to find synergies. These are interesting exercises to see how these projects are pitched.”

Ecolosport, the media for the ecological transition in sport, was also on the list of partners. “We are the first media in the sports world to deal with these topics, specifies Meriem Benyoucef, vice president of Ecolosport. We strive to make all stakeholders aware and to introduce new projects. Who better than young people to take on the challenges of tomorrow, like these students who are going to work in the sports world?

The Sports and Sustainable Development Trophies were able to give project leaders access to interesting visibility among the partners present. “During the awards ceremony they were competitors, but tomorrow they can be partners to foster synergies and create common projects”rejoices Mathis Garcia.

The juries assessed the relevance of the projects, their feasibility and their progress to ultimately award the victory to two winners. Even if in the end everyone was a winner.

Vista Ball and Castelnau Basketball

The trophy, presented by the jury of students of Amos Sport Business School, was awarded to Vista Ballon, a Marseille start-up founded by Jean-Baptiste De Touris, which designs 100% eco-friendly balloons. The trophy of the partner jury was awarded to Castelnau Basket, thanks to the field of Sylvie Lorrain who presented the social approach of the club and the awareness of responsible consumption by the exchange organisation. The winning projects benefited from donations from the partners present.