The area was chosen in close collaboration with the city government, which wanted to strengthen its social actions. The Abreuvoir neighborhood is facing profound socio-economic challenges: nearly 65% of the population of around 6,500 inhabitants do not have a diploma or did not complete secondary school studies, the school drop-out rate is 40% and the unemployment rate is 25%, that is to say twice the national average (INSEE, 2009). The "Sport dans la Ville" project aims to address several of the needs identified after discussions with local stakeholders and residents:
Inaugurated in September 2018, this 37th center launched by the association consists of a 1,600 m2 soccer field and a warm-up area. Neighborhood youth between the ages of 6 and 25 can participate in multiple activities offered in Sport Dans la Ville:
The purpose of the sports center is to become a place for the neighborhood to come together and have fun. This will help to energize the area and improve quality of life, which will benefit all the residents of Abreuvoir.
The Air Liquide Foundation assisted with the construction of the new sports field (leveling and excavation).