GOAL project: field visit in Lille, focused on the prevention of violence in amateur sport

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Lille (France), 2 March 2012 – The fifth meeting of the partners of the GOAL project on the prevention of violence in sports took place in Lille (France), on 29 February and 1 March 2012. The focus of the visit was on the roles cities play in the prevention of violence in amateur sport.

The Deputy Mayor in charge of Sports, Michelle Demessine, and the Deputy in charge of Security, Roger Vicot, presented the actions implemented in this field by the city council in cooperation with local actors such as the Local Security and Crime Prevention Council. Mr Vicot stressed that the prevention of violence in and around stadiums is one of the four priority fields of action of Lille, and that it is part of the local “security contract” agreed in 2009 with all local partners. Various actions are implemented in each of the four priority areas, some of which are directly linked to sports and amateur sport (such as, for instance, the prevention of juvenile delinquency).

Lille is implementing a series of educational programmes based on the social dimension of sport. Indeed, the city council considers that sport can help solve conflicts, and that it is part of the overall educational project developped by local authorities.

“The policy of Lille in the area of sports would fail without a strong partnership with local actors such as social centres, neighbourhood councils, the Local Security and Crime Prevention Council, social workers, and educators,” said Ms Demessine. “Cross-over partnerships are essential to prevent violence,” she added.

The sixth meeting of the GOAL partners was scheduled for March 18 and 19 in Charleroi (Belgium).