Outdoor with TERNUA and #itsgreatoutthere by CREPS
For several years now, the CREPS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Vallon Pont d’Arc has been making outdoor activities more accessible to young people who do not engage in physical activity, are lost on the education system, looking for work, and often in social difficulties, aged 16 to 25 years. The activities aimed to achieve this goal, highlight the benefits both on mental and physical health of outdoor activities and focus on the transferable skills required to enter the world of work take place naturally: effort, surpassing oneself, risk taking. The main objective of the action “#itsgreatoutthere Outdoor with TERNUA by CREPS” Project to activate youth in the south of France is to engage young people in outdoor action enabling them to leave behind their daily worries and to live a unique experience, immersed in the heart of nature.
The project is based on the following values:
- Mutual support and solidarity, respect for differences
- Respect for nature and its protection, by discovering a territory, an environment, a heritage
- Surpassing oneself
- Learning autonomy
- Physical and mental commitment
In September 2019, the young people experienced 3 intense days of nature activities: kayaking, via ferrata, bivouac in hammock around a campfire, kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning, around Villefort lake. The action of 2019 serves as an experimental basis for other future actions, the CREPS pledging to develop at least 10 additional actions that will renew the experience. A next action should see the light of day in April 2020.
The CREPS are local Expertise Centres for Sports Development. These local government offices for sport are part of a broader network in France consisting of 17 Expertise Centers, 4 national colleges and one national institute for sports and performance (INSEP). For this project, we worked together with CREPS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Vallon Pont d’Arc, which is recognised as the European centre for nature sports and has over 50 years of experience in outdoor sport education and development for nature sports in France.
CREPS purposes are to:
- Train sports education and animation professionals
- Coordinate expertise relating to the development of various sports
- Support athletes and high-level structures in the dual project of the athlete
- Host sports courses
CREPS meets the needs of high-level athletes and their coaches in terms of training support and the organization of cohesion and sports preparation courses. It acts in close relation with the regional and departmental government offices for Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes .