The holidays are drawing to a close and the excesses of summer are starting to appear… No worries. In Maurepas, free sports sessions are organized for individuals who wish to reconnect with sport before the start of the school year. This initiative is part of the “Sport and health” project of this town of 18,800 inhabitants. This aims to fight against obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Boxing, cardio, muscle building… All the muscles are used.
While most sports halls require a QR code to access equipment, the municipality has decided to take the lead by offering one-hour sports sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening since July … outside. While respecting barrier gestures and physical distancing, of course.
« The objective is to promote the practice of sport for as many people as possible and to ensure that the city is dynamic, » explains Morgane Treflez, sports coach. Residents are offered a new free physical activity during the summer, when sports associations are closed. It’s a success, they are happy and they leave with a smile… And stiffness! «
Supervised by sports educators from the town hall, the activity brings together a dozen courageous people at each session. Classes are open to everyone, from 12 to 60 years old, with also exercises designed for seniors. And there is no need to register beforehand.
Mutual aid and friendliness
For the occasion, the sun has decided to point the tip of its nose on Thursday afternoon, which makes the participants happy. In the form of a course, they follow Morgane’s instructions to the rhythm of a frantic playlist. Magou, who did not have time to practice a sporting activity during the summer period, even suggests music to motivate himself. The atmosphere is warm.
» That’s great ! It’s better than the gym, which is more individualistic and where there is not always a coach, says Séverine, who is participating in outdoor sessions for the second time. Here, it’s the opportunity to be in a group, there is an aspect of conviviality and mutual aid… It’s nice and what’s more, it’s free! «
Same story for Magou. “It feels good because it’s been a long time since I last played sports. We work on everything and they encourage us, lead us to surpass ourselves… It’s more motivating! I’m going to come out aching, ”she smiles.
For Yann, who is participating for the third time, it was a necessity. “I needed to play sports in an outdoor setting with no health restrictions. The forties, reluctant to the vaccine, does not want to be vaccinated. “It’s more free, there are no constraints that we find elsewhere with the health pass. »Classes led by Morgane therefore appear to be a short-term solution. » It’s perfect ! I’m super happy, ”he says, waving his arms and feet.
“It’s a new lease of life for them, adds Morgane Treflez. The health crisis, teleworking, confinements, the health pass … Many elements have prevented them from playing sports so our goal is to help them lose the accumulated pounds and also to allow them to regain a social life » , she concludes.
The last sessions of the season will take place on Tuesday August 24 and Thursday August 26 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., avenue de Vendée, opposite the CCAS de Maurepas. Free access.