Sport Dans La Ville

France France

Sport dans la Ville aims to promote social and professional integration of young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods, through sport.

Sport dans la Ville (SDLV) helps at-risk girls and boys in marginalized neighborhoods achieve a better life through sports, mentoring, job readiness training and entrepreneurship. All of the organization’s sports centers are located in the heart of disadvantaged neighborhoods to have close contact and create a trustworthy relationships with youth. Through a continuum of programs, SDLV builds long-term relationships (from 7 to 25 years old) with young people and empowers them at every stage of their lives from school up until their first job. Currently, about 4,800 children are enrolled in the SDLV programs.

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The Challenges

Les Challenges

23% of youth aged 15 to 24 years old are unemployed in France
44% of young men, aged 15 to 24 and who are second generation immigrants from outside of the EU, are unemployed, versus 19% for 44% 19% non immigrants in France.
34% of young women, aged 15 to 24 and who are second generation immigrants from outside of the EU, are unemployed, versus 22% for non 34% 22% immigrants in France.

Key facts Éléments Clés

Age Range Âge ciblé 6 — 25 6 à 25 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 5,500 5 500
Sectors Secteurs Economic Empowerment, Education Insertion socio-économique, Education
Staff Personnel 53 53
Budget Budget $ 8,936,170 $ 8 936 170
Year established Lancement 1998 1998
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux


Located in the heart of disadvantaged urban neighborhoods SDLV’s 31 sports centers enable 4,800 kids from ages 6 to 20 to play sports for free. Through sport this program aims to impart the values of selfconfidence, teamwork, dedication and hard work.

L dans la ville

L dans la Ville program is dedicated to young girls aged 11 and above to support their needs and aspirations. Through sports, dance, mentoring, cultural discovery and professional development, girls uncover their potential in an environment dedicated just to them.


To support success in the classroom, SDLV launched Apprenti’Bus in 2009, enabling 200 children to participate in weekly workshops housed in retrofitted minibuses to strengthen their reading, writing and communication skills.

Social Enterprise Model

SDLV self-finances parts of its activities by renting its campus facilities and playing areas.

Job dans la ville

SDLV created the Job dans la Ville program to support youth through job training and employment. In 2016, Job dans la Ville coached, mentored and supported through professional development over 750 young people age 14 and above.

Entrepreneurs dans la ville

Created in 2007 in partnership with the EM Lyon business school, Entrepreneurs dans la Ville is an incubator hosting up to 30 entrepreneurs aged 20 – 35 to help them develop their own companies.

Cultural experience

To support the development of each young person pat of the SDLV program, the organization offers vacations, summer camps & international trips to provide exposure to other contexts and cultures, inspire and increase youth’s desire to succeed. Throughout the year, SDLV’s staff observes the children’s attendance and behavior to select the most deserving children for the vacations and camps

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