05/10/2017 - 12:12

Peace and Sport Launches Sport Workshops to Help Young People Integrate into the Workplace

Peace and Sport is organizing a new round of their Sport Workshops in partnership with the French Judicial Youth Protection Service (PJJ) in Montauban, to help young people with no social or professional activity enter into the workplace.

The PJJ Sport Workshops are being held from 3 – 20 October 2017. They take the form of exercise and teaching sessions intended to remobilize 8 minors and young adults through sport. A multidisciplinary team of sports educators and social workers lead these workshops aimed at increasing participants’ employment prospects by including sporting values in the integration process.

Champion for Peace Imanol Harinordoquy, one of the best players in the history of French rugby, will lead several Sports Workshops acting as a role model for youth by sharing his experience with attendees and telling them what the values of sport have brought him.

Imanol Harinordoquy explains: “Sport is an important vehicle in today’s society, it’s a great tool to help social cohesion. As a top-level sportsman, I want to get involved in concrete actions for this cause. That’s why I’m committed to Peace and Sport’s Sport Workshops.”

On the agenda: teaching sessions about prerequisites essential to career projects and planning a personal project; sports sessions focussing on general physical preparation, on boxing, hiking and orientation.

Since 2016, Peace and sport has organized regular workshops in France in partnership with State and local authorities. The presence of Champions for Peace, such as Muriel Hurtis and Benjamin Boukpeti during previous workshops heightened the interest and motivation of  participants in the reintegration program. The result is that attendees are more committed to their project than people who don’t have this type of activity. In conclusion, Sport Workshops improve social reinsertion policies.

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