Before leaving for the climbing site of Ceyrat, Shaheen, Ilam and Mohamed had only a vague idea of what to expect.
They had learned from the presentation meeting organized a few days earlier at the Albert-Camus college that by the July break they would normally not have classes on three Fridays and that they would spend the afternoons with sports educators from the city of Clermont-Ferrand. .
They also understood that they were going to discover outdoor sports activities and that this initiation cycle would end with a four-day sports raid in Super Besse, from 5 to 9 July. For the rest, even though they were volunteers, they left into the unknown, with a slight apprehension shared by their parents.
The first outing, in Ceyrat, served as a revelation to the seven students from Albert-Camus college and the five students from Lucie-Aubrac college, who were involved in this Sports Raid project. They attacked with archery and rock climbing, an activity that immediately presented them with unusual sensations.
“The first time I was a little scared. The second time it was better. You have to trust the friends holding the line and that’s hard. †
Helping these teens “develop the values of solidarity, effort, and self-transcendence” is one of the goals of this support offered to 6th and 5th graders.
The “Raid sportif” project had its first edition in 2018-2019. It arose from exchanges between sports educators in Clermont-Ferrand and their colleagues in Metz, who do the same social-sports work with young people in priority neighborhoods for urban policy. Students from Metz also join the young Clermontois for the raid in Super Besse.
“The children were selected by their institution because they need to be re-mobilized during their school careers,” explains Sébastien Peyrat, Sport Mission Manager at the City of Clermont and Project Leader.
“Through sport, we can reconnect them to values such as perseverance and self-confidence while also building skills and life skills that will be useful to them in their school and family life”
Students enrolled in the system commit to be diligent, to respect the rules of the supervisory team, to behave impeccably at school and during sports outings… “The most important thing is that they can draw a parallel with schoolwork, notes Sébastien Peyrat on We want to show them that there is progression and that learning an activity can take a long time.”
The performances are not recorded, but after the raid in July an initial assessment is made with the families and the college and the behavior of the sports educators is taken into account.
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After that, supervision of students who are followed at the end of the school year will resume in September. Sébastien Peyrat already let the students know: “The goal this year is for us to get to know each other. Next year, we’ll move on, to see if you’re moving forward in confidence. †