Arras: the sports festival this weekend, a springboard for clubs in search of visibility

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, the city of Arras is offering a varied program for the sports festival. An opportunity to make themselves better known for the participants.

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The sports festival, back this weekend in the Governor’s garden, will welcome more than 100 exhibitors, including 70 sports clubs and 15 structures. For two days, 55 different sports will be presented.

For Alexandre Pérol, deputy mayor in charge of sport and youth, “ the aim of these two days is that each person wishing to practice sport can find their account and their association. Last year, people were encouraged to adopt a sport. This year, the motto is « Move as you are ». We can be anything. Even in relation to our profession, there is always a sport attached to it « .

Discover the sport, and much more

Although the sports festival makes it possible to discover new sports disciplines, other activities are also set up. For Alexandre Pérol, sport is also at the service of education, health, inclusion and integration…

A total of 9 different themes will be represented in the Governor’s garden
: artistic sports, combat sports, brain sports, racket sports, water sports, mobility, team sports, health sports and individual sports. Each theme has several different sports, which visitors can test.

An early childhood and youth stand, a disabled sports area and sports for all are also planned.

“Last year was a success”

Forty clubs were present last year at the sports festival, which attracted 12,000 visitors. The archery and water polo clubs, in particular, had done well by gaining visibility and registering new members.

This year, the karate club, for example, hopes to seduce.  » After the Covid, we lost half of our members “, laments Marie-Lise Niquet, president of the club. Despite the closure of the American football club and the drop in karate membership, overall, the sport of Arras is doing well, according to Alexandre Pérol,  » with 96 sports clubs, 10,000 members and 1.6 million euros of investment « .

In total, the sports festival cost €115,000 to the city of Arras.

Complete program on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.

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