The CNOSF strategy for education
Giving young people access to Olympic and sporting culture has been one of the CNOSF’s key themes for a number of years. With the support of important partnerships (the State, the sports movement and local bodies) and boosted by Paris 2024, the CNOSF strategy for education is structured around the child’s different times. The two main schemes are the “Olympic Classes” programme within school time, and the “Olympic Workshops” programme in extracurricular time; through these the CNOSF works in firm collaboration with those involved in education either formally or informally.
The programmes are organised around trying new sports and learning about the Olympic ethos, supported by the local Olympic Movement and with access to teaching resources.
The sports movement is firmly convinced of the value of links between school and the sport sector, and since the reform of the school day in 2013, it has been committed to adapting the availability of doing sport to children in extracurricular time. The CNOSF encourages local sports clubs to get involved, in particular by making sport a part of regional education projects, and it has developed a guide available to all on www.franceolympique.org and contributed to making use of federal best practices in extracurricular sport. Now the “Wednesday Plan” recently presented by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Associations has reinforced this commitment by making available new teaching aids and has opened the way for local clubs to make young people aware of the benefits of doing sport.
In line with these aims, the CNOSF has signed an agreement with Paris city council and the Paris education authority to try out a new scheme in Parisian leisure centres from this autumn. This operation is a forerunner of the “Olympic Workshops” programme to be rolled out over the whole country with the help of the regional authorities.