The characteristic rebounds of basketballs once again resonate through the Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye gymnasium. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, he organizes youth training sessions in the basketball section of the Entente Sportive Saint-Sauveur Moutiers (ESSSM). He was gradually revived by Aurélie Joie, thanks to… her daughter.
“The section was created by Mrs. Cormerois many years ago, recalls Aurélie Joie. I took it more than a dozen years ago, but only for seniors, in my free time. When my daughter had to quit and the section remained inactive. Last year, my daughter and her best friend wanted to play basketball. They tried it in Toucy, but the guys wouldn’t pass them. I talked about it around me. A couple of girls my daughter’s age joined us, we reopened the squad and They started practicing, and then other high school students came.
“I like to play as a team and spend myself”
Last year, the basketball section was limited to recreational exercises. “We weren’t affiliated with the federation, we couldn’t participate in the championship, explains Aurélie Joie. This year we did a little more com and welcomed a lot more university students. Now they are in their twenties.”
Among these teenagers, Aurèle, 12, played basketball for two years in Paris before moving to Puisaye. “I missed basketball, he said. I like to play as a team and spend myself. Plus, there’s competition, that’s motivating. In Paris, I played more like a leader.” “It’s a sport I like more than football, says Enzo, 13. I find the rules clearer, better respected and it’s a fast game.” “It allows me to play sports,” says Evan, 12. “There’s not much here, soccer is just for kids and adults.” “There’s not a lot for young people in team sports in Saint-Sauveur,” notes Aurélie Joie. If they want to play soccer , adults have to go to Touca or elsewhere. I think there is handball, but as part of another sports agreement.”
Young players and adults are wanted
So training takes place on Tuesdays from 17:30 to 19:30 for U13 (mixed) and U15 (non-mixed), on Wednesdays from 17:30 to 19:30 for U11. (mixed). “We are looking for young players, educated in 5th, 4th and 3rd, especially for the U15 category. Our wish is to enter all youth categories for the championship. We are also looking for adults, but this time for free time.” “I hope more girls will join us,” insists Valentine, 13. It’s a great sport where team spirit is important.
Two volunteers are currently in charge of the training: Aurélie Joie and Gary Bretelle. “Parents help us with competitions,” adds Aurélie Joie. Four and parents are needed for every game, for travel, for referees, for the scoreboard, etc.”
Prices: U11 €60, U13/U15 €65, free time €65. The club accepts CAF and Passport vouchers. Such. 07.70.16.74.45.
A successful first Saturday for Operation Sport en famille