These donations will be a way to make a living and an appreciation of the “devices and community projects that are of general interest,” said on franceinfo the minister of Sports.The Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu during a press conference, on march 9, 2020. (MARTIN BUREAU / AFP)
The government is launching a donation campaign called “Support your club”. This device is intended for “60% of sports associations” do not enjoy the measures of partial unemployment because they have no employees and will only work with the volunteer”, explained, Tuesday, may 19, on franceinfo, the Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu. These clubs rely on tournaments, events, cancelled because of the sars coronavirus. These donations will be a way to make a living and add value to “devices and community projects that are of general interest”.
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franceinfo : this device will it be vital for many associations, many sports clubs ?
The government and the local authorities have done everything to maintain the grants to the sports associations and we have open support to the part-time unemployment for all associations. Nevertheless, 60% of them do not have employees, they only work with the volunteer and member commitment. This device is addressed to these associations who will need public support, the support of citizens who want to make a donation which will be considered as corporate philanthropy.
We speak of structures that incur during the year and who sometimes rely on tournaments during the weekends that happen to the fund ?
It is true that we hear a lot about football at a very high level, the games ended, the rugby. But there are a lot of small tournaments neighbourhoods, competitions, running, cycling, football, which had to be cancelled because of the health crisis and that generated cash income for the associations, since the subsidies represent only a small portion of the money made life a club. Even without employees to pay, there are operating costs, equipment. So we wanted to offer this platform, which will also be a means of promoting the schemes and projects that are of general interest, which also deserve attention.
Is it that you get to identify the clubs that are in danger ?
We have made a study of the impact that it was able to start very quickly because the sport was affected very early by the judgment of events and competitions. It has been able to effectively assess this gap, which is very important for the sport, all structures, which is 20 billion euros. For it to spread, it must spread to the base, and it is therefore necessary that we sustain the non-profit world which will also be very useful at the start of the year.