Boxing, first aid and journalism for apprentice citizens in Aulnay-sous-Bois

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 2:59 pm

“What should we do in the event of a traffic accident?”. In Aulnay-sous-Bois, one of the boxing clubs of champion Sarah Ourahmoune, about 40 young apprentice citizen boxers have put away their gloves for a first aid workshop.

Sarah Ourahmoune’s trainer and companion Francky Denis explained that as an extension of their weekly boxing lessons, it was “best worth” to opt for a week-long training session at the “Academy boxer inside” during the February break.

At 9am, two young girls play table football at the refurbished Peugeot Citroen Works Council site between Parinor Shopping Centre and Robert Ballanger Park, before exchanging a few ping pong balls before the day begins.

Some start first aid, others attend press seminars, and the final group drives karts on the opposite track.

– “save lives” –

“With the help of firefighters today, we learned how to save lives”, proudly concludes Issa Marmoiton, 10, with a two-year boxing career.

After coming here, he also learned to “be a man” and “help each other”, and determined to become a “world champion” in the boxing world.

Modules on secularism, gender equality, civic engagement, bullying in schools… Young people took a break from sports and studies in this club founded a year ago.

“We rely on their passion and appetite for boxing to open their minds to other activities and other learning,” explains Professional Training Educator Sarah Ourahmoune.

She also lamented that the presidential election “has barely been on candidates’ plans” when sport was the “unifying element” of society.

For her, the practice of boxing has helped her “gain confidence” and has taken her to “other circles and other fields”, she admits, eager to deliver something other than technique and fighting spirit.

The concept is that young initiates can pass on what they have learned from other young people by intervening in schools, for example.

– “Sarah, she’s a big model!”-

The children and young people participating in the “Academy” programme come from Ornay and other clubs in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, and the vast majority are of ordinary origin.

The team communicates regularly with parents: “It allows children to see how it develops for young people at school or at home,” says the former Rio Olympic sub-51kg Olympic vice-champion. Those who need it can also benefit from socio-educational monitoring.

Next to the ring, there are pictures of legends such as Muhammad Ali on the wall. The tables, chairs and blackboards are reminiscent of classrooms, but with a little more color. “The goal is to open up their critical thinking,” explains Hasna Kidrene, a web reporter who leads the journalism workshop.

Sarah Ourahmoune said the idea of ​​the workshop wasn’t really exciting at first, but “they got into the game.” For public speaking, teens orally describe their essays.

And when volunteers are needed to make a video the next day, there will be a forest of hands…

All of this “will serve our life path”, assures 17-year-old Malak Hodroje, full of energy and chatter, for whom boxing is “more than just a passion”.

“Our aim is first and foremost to develop a new generation of citizens, and if among these young people we have a nugget of dreams of participating in the Olympics, we will accompany them to the highest level”, concludes Sarah Ourahmoune, head of each project. His apprentice citizen boxer.

The emergence of the 2008 world champion and 2016 Olympic vice-champion, and then the mother of a child who, in her own words, “no one expected” to be at the Olympics, clearly inspired the trainees.

“Sarah, she’s a big model! We’re really lucky to have her!” Malak concluded.

Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest province in France, should benefit from the impact of the 2024 Paris Olympics. The association also benefits from the endowment of the Paris 2024 Olympic Organizing Committee (Cojo) for educational and civic sports purposes.


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