logo seine saint denisAt the request of the  County Council of Seine St Denis, INTA  is participating in an 18-month working programme with 2 events organized by INTA, an international benchmark (5-6 November 2015) on the Pole of Excellence for Sport and Disability and an international peer-to-peer review (Panel) that will address the spatial integration of the project in a specific area (Stade de La Motte) in Bobigny. The panel will take place from 24-30 January 2016.

The  Sport and Disability Pole aims to bring together stakeholders in sport and disability, both public and private sectors around shared strategic and operational objectives. The County Council intends to install this major Sport & Disability equipment and resource centre to enhance the existing medical facilities and centres and training organisations, to also take advantage of the presence of some local stakeholders in sport or disability,  who are already connected with the County and attract new partners, including economic and industrial activities.

International benchmark, 5-6 November 2015, Bobigny, Paris Region
chapeau integrathlon 2This project aims to bring together stakeholders in sport, recreation and disability, both public (County, City of Paris, Urban Districts - intermunicipalities, Region, State, AP-HP (public hospital system for Paris and its suburbs), University...) and private (sports federations, regional and departmental committees of sport and disability, sport-related companies, Foundations, ...) around shared strategic and operational objectives.

The existing sports site offers 8 large playing fields of great games, 20 players locker rooms, 6 referees locker rooms, a 38-bed shelter, a place for hospitality and catering functions, a training centre welcoming 80,000 users per year, making this site an important sports centre at County level. Its central location, close to the Avicenna Hospital and the University Paris-XIII, makes it highly connected to the rest of the County and to the heart of the metropolis (bus lines, one tramway line, bicycle paths, but also the creation in 2023 of an express tramway and in 2025 of the automatic metro line #15 in the framework of the Greater Paris).

On this site a private initiative should build a sporting complex dedicated to handicapped people, accommodation for accompanying persons and disabled audiences, and logistical infrastructure for training activities for those involved in sport and disability. Taking advantage of the dedicated sporting pavilion, and of the already existing facilities and potential of La Motte site, the County Council intends to establish a Pole of Excellence in Sport & Handicap of metropolitan ambition. The Pole should contribute to enhance the existing medical facilities and centres, the various training organizations, and to take advantage also of the presence of a number of local actors engaged in sport or disability, already interacting with the County, to attract new partners including economic and industrial activities.

The County Council has identified some key goals for the cluster:

-       Promote social development

  • Develop access to sports practice, leisure and culture for people with disabilities
  • Contribute to develop the autonomy of people with disabilities
  • Promote social inclusion and access to citizenship
  • Qualify the offer of support for disabled people
  • To relieve families in charge of disabled people (more autonomy for people with disabilities and development of more diversified activities for the parents)
  • Improve coaching practices and community leadership
  • Strengthen social diversity

-       Serve as a lever for economic development

  • Create jobs for people with disabilities
  • Promote the link between disabled people and businesses for their employability
  • Create opportunities for accompaniment and supervision of disabled people
  • Develop training and research on disability
  • Creation of new services
  • Attract economic actors including from the hi-tech sector, and private partners able to invest
  • Contribute to increasing the attractiveness of the County by the concentration of expertise, actors and resources in the field of disability and sports

-       Urban and territorial planning

  • Gather and unite a variety of actors in an innovative Sport & Handicap Pole
  • Extend the offer of sports facilities suitable for people with disabilities
  • Participate in urban renewal of the territory
  • Create a new identity for the interdepartmental sports site and the area, give them a pivotal role at the metropolitan level,
  • Define and implement a new coherence of development
  • Connect the various existing urban elements, may be involved in the field of disability
  • Improve transport connections accessible to the disabled at the metropolitan level.

The cluster is therefore part of a global strategy:
at different territorial scales: the site itself, the county, the metropolis, and the social networks ;
with different components (sport, advocacy, social and economic dimensions, ...)
addressing different audiences (disabled, users of the site, the neighbourhood) and different actors who have varying perceptions of priorities to give to the Pole.

The Sport & Handicap international benchmark session on November 5-6 is organized to help the County Council defining its strategy of excellence.
This event aims to bring the local stakeholders of the future Sport & Handicap Pole together with international leaders having experienced in similar projects of integrating a network with a resource centre with a development plan spatially embodying the pole.
Different topics will be discussed to help clarify the contours of this pole still in the planning stage: role of such pole, its physical location and set-up, the concept of network and the intangible dimension of the pole.
Finally, a major challenge for the project leaders is the governance of such a structure, and international experiences should help define different institutional and organizational scenarios.

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International peer-to-peer Panel on spatial integration of the Pole onto the Stade de la Motte, Bobigny, France, 24-30 January 2016
lamotte plan masseOnly once the objectives of the Pole, in all its dimensions, the project programme and management and implementation tools discussed at the international benchmark, INTA will bring together for the panel a dozen of international practitioners from its global network, recognized for their professional skills and experiences. They will have an ability to analyze, develop, verify the concepts outlined by the County Councli of Seine St Denis and will make proposals on content and vocations of the project taking into account the constraints of the site.

Those 2 events are part of a programme conceived by the County Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, INTA and the Master of Sciences Po Paris ''Territorial and Urban Strategies''. This programme began in September 2014 with a working group of students focusing on identifying the needs of the local actors who will be involved, collaborate, co-manage the Sport & Handicap Pole. A first phase which helped identify the major governance issues will feed the international benchmark sessions. The final step will be the international peer-to-peer review on the spatial integration of the urban project of La Motte Stadium.


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