Clamecy sports division: training an important link in the success of French handball


Their names are Alban, Keyliane, Henri, Enzo, Graciel-Yanis, Noah, Thibault, Tom-Bruno, Belco, Nicolas. […]and embodies the new generation of French handball in the tradition of Barjots (1993-1996), Strong (2001-2008), Experts (2008-2017), which has made handball the most successful team sport in the country. .

prize France U19 team: Commentary on the art of training at Maison des Sports de Nevers

Since Monday, 11 April, the French U19 men’s team, eighteen players from the sports divisions, has resided in the ducal city with hopeful poles.

or training centres.

The flag of the formation “made in France” sits in a good place when it comes to finding an explanation behind this success for the Gardent, Lathoux, Richardson, Anquetil, Guigou, Gilles, Omeyer, Karabatic dynasties. The sports department of the Giroud-de-Villette college in Nièvre and the Romain-Rolland high school in Clamecy symbolize this tradition.

An effective regional network

“We have 24 high school students and 13 college students, boys and girls, all boarding, from the Nivernais and Icaunais basins,” explains Rattaya Vilaiphanh, division coordinator and federal technical adviser. wider interest. Since its opening, we have had or have had young people from the “Côte-d’Or, Loiret, Morvan, Marne, Haute-Saône” in 2017 (for college) and 2018 (for high school).

The sports section, labeled Site Excellence, is the first pyramidal level of education. “This is an additional link and is closely linked to the work we do in the region and its network through communication with parents in perception, internships and individualized children’s projects. Our job is to support and guide them. »

The goal is for them to have the weapons to keep moving forward. If they find a national 2 or 3 club, that’s fine with me, knowing that work is and always will be a priority. Rattaya Vilaiphanh

(coordinator of Clamecy’s sports division)

Seven hours devoted to handball, including one to two hours of physics, fill the weekly school schedule until the end of the year. “Students are entering the 4th grade. This year, we will complete a first cycle over a generation. “Some have abandoned it on the path to development. This is the case of Neversois goalkeeper Matis Lamblin (USON), who went to the Dijon pole, tasted the National 2 with his club, and even Vésulien Mathieu Blaise, now installed in the Dijon Métropole reserve in the same chicken. “Maybe he will sign professionally in a year or two?? asks the technician.

“After the baccalaureate, we naturally lose children. They leave for their secondary studies”, summarizes Rattaya Vilaiphanh. “The goal is for them to have the guns to keep moving forward. If they find a national 2 or 3 club, that’s fine with me, knowing that work is and always will be a priority. That’s why we try to be very careful when applying. The seven hour hand in addition to the work is not insignificant. We know it can have an effect. This is all we don’t want. The child should develop in school life as in handball. One won’t hurt the other, or he’ll get in trouble. »

Good advice from former PSG handball goalkeeper Patrice Annonay to Nivernais goalkeepers

“Handball is a traditional school sport,” recalls Michaël André, co-chairman of USO Nevers responsible for organizing the tricolor course with the chapter committee. “The epidemic in France is not based on preliminary results,” continues Pascal Guérin, chairman of the Nièvre committee. “You have to go back thirty years. »

The two develop their thinking on the application of perceptions, which is also an educational layer. “All leagues have priority over championships. There is cooperation at all levels in programs that set priorities. If a player under the age of 13 goes to play in a club instead of going to a test, his team is sanctioned. It is a philosophy specific to handball. »

“We are on the way to professionalization”

This federal obligation avoids “antagonisms.” Because there is no choice to be made”, summarizes Michael André. “There is no competition between club practice and league work. This is complementarity. Everybody got it, everybody sticks to it because everybody wins. »

To go further in thought, Rattaya Vilaiphanh invokes the influence of another formation, always taking the example of Nièvre. Volunteers of associations that concern auditors. “When I came to Nièvre in 2009,” he explains, “the 4th title of handball trainer had zero training. Since then, I’ve seen real evolution. We are moving towards professionalisation”, just like the so-called training that moves from Besançon to Clamecy twice a week… nine apprentices (seven Nivernais and two Icaunais).

A sports section at Nevers in 2023?

“It is important to train people who work with young people on a daily basis as close as possible to the future of our sport. Everything is connected, everything comes together. We manage to work as a rural department. This is the hand. We take time to move forward by doing things in order. »

In this context, the idea of ​​creating an identical episode in Nevers gains ground. “This is an advanced project for the start of the 2023 school year, jointly managed by the committee, clubs USO Nevers and ASA Vauzelles,” said Pascal Guérin and Michaël André. Pascal Guérin concludes, “I also want to create a classroom in Decize that is finally converted into a college.” Continuing to contribute to the next generation of Barjots on a small departmental scale.

There are two in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: in Dijon (Excellence site, 1st and Terminale) and in Besançon (Access location, 3rd and second).

Passing through Podgorica and Euro Nevers

France U19 team (U19) came to Nevers on Monday, April 11 for a training camp that will last until Sunday, April 17, two friendly matches, Friday, April 15 (20:00) and Saturday, April 16 (7:20) against Denmark. will play. 30:00). Eighteen players and their coach, Pascal Person, took their places at the Maison des Sports, where they trained every day.

The French are preparing for the European Under-18 Championship in Podgorica (Montenegro, 2-15 August), where they will face Spain, Sweden and the Faroe Islands. After Nevers, two more courses will be held at Ile-d’Oléron (11-18 July), followed by Haguenau (21-28 July). French U19 selection Protectors: Thibault Le Bourhis (Fenix ​​Toulouse), Graciel-Yanis Quéré (Tremblay-en-France) and Stanis Soullier (Chambéry).
left wingers: Luca Faivre (Dijon Métropole) and Pierre-Alexis Favril (Mainvilliers-Chartres). Left back: Michal Baran (Cesson Rennes), Keyliane Traore (Créteil) and Gallian Varlet (Dijon).
Half centers: Ethan Bandaranayake (Villeurbanne), Alban Simonnet (Nantes) and Nicolas Tiberghien (Dunkirk). Pivots: Noah Kouadio (Saint-Raphaël), Mathys Lobgeois (Compiègne) and Tom-Bruno Semba (Ace of Universities and Phoenix). Right back: Henri Kirtz (Dunkirk) and Tristan Michel (Caen).

Right wingers:

Rémi Peyre (Nîmes) and Emilien Peyronnet (Aix-en-Savoie).