We are 3 teammates from Decathlon Toulon, Vanessa, Valérie, and Corinne. We are strongly involved on disability and that is why we supported the Roulby project in February 2018 with the help from Decathlon Foundation.
This beautiful adventure began by meeting Guillaume, professional rugby player, who was heavily injured during a match, and therefore decided to create a quad rugby association in 2014.
He met us to develop his project and to form a wheelchair rugby team for people with low handicaps and disabilities.
The goal of his association, the RFCTPM, is to help the mobility, insertion and support of people in wheelchairs, and to highlight a positive and dynamic image of disability through sport. A program that fits perfectly with our Decathlon values.
They intervene in schools to raise children’s awareness of disability, sports and other accidents (and their consequences) as well as road safety and introduce them to wheelchair rugby.
With their Rugby 13 project, their wish is to open the practice of sport to a larger number in the South from France region, but also to create a link between able bodied people and disabled people.
Thanks to the support of the Foundation, they were able to buy 5 chairs, train a team of 14 people and practice leisure tournaments and friendly matches; they then entered the competition: they are currently playing for the final of the championship of France Development.
They hired Thomas on a multi-skilled job: driver, guide and player.
Their goal is to join the French Elite Championship, and to participate in the next Paralympic Games
On our side, we have developed a partnership and we provide them every year in equipment (tracksuits, t-shirts, bags) we will support them during their meetings on the region and we proposed an integration internship to Grégory a of their teammate.
They are present during Decathlon events such as Vital sports, or demonstrations to discover the handirugby on saturday on our playground. They share their passion and knowledge.
It’s a real pleasure to see people with disabilities return to social life and to get new goal, and it’s a lesson in life for everyone involved in this great project!
Corinne, Vanessa and Valérie, Decathlon Teammates