The municipality of Grigny with 30,000 inhabitants, is located 23 kms south of Paris in the Essonne area. Grigny is characterized by the poverty suffered by a large part of the population (45% of the inhabitants live under the poverty line) and a very young population (around 30% are under 20 years old).
The council has for some time been running a highly successful educational sport program called ‘The Academy of Sports’. Today, Grigny has become a national benchmark case for education in priority neighbourhoods, earning it the title of an ‘Educational City’. This is thanks to the involvement of the entire educational community (early childhood, education, training, integration, employment, culture and sport).
At the heart of the project are the transfer of educational and learning values inherent in a well-supervised sport (effort, solidarity, courage, ambition, decision-making, etc.). Furthermore, the necessary requirement to achieve excellence in sport is also carried over to an educational context.
National education, state services, the C.A.F, sports movements and the local municipal councils are essential actors in the smooth running of this project, guaranteeing a complete and structured educational path.