SPORT & NAUTISM / Discovery of Outdoor Activities (DAPA): assessment of the December 2020 session

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The first edition of the DAPA program for children in Saint-Martin was a great success. 131 children over 6 half-days were able to participate in 3 sports activities offered and supervised by professionals: discovery of the sea (swimming), sailing (/ kayaking) and Beach Tennis.

A little reminder: DAPA is a project initiated by the Association du Club Nautique (CNSM) following the call for projects launched by the DJSCS and aimed at guaranteeing daily access to sport for children. This system included the distribution to 200 children of Saint-Martin (60% of whom came from the city's political districts), aged 7 to 14, a booklet of 10 vouchers with a total value of € 200, in order to discover a maximum of nautical and outdoor activities, but also to continue to practice them in complete autonomy with the partner associations of the project. 121 children are either from Clair St Maximin elementary school in Quartier d'Orléans, Marie-Amélie Leydet elementary school in Concordia, Aline Hanson elementary school in Sandy Ground, Soualiga College in La Savane or Mount College of the Accords to Concordia. The 10 other children benefited from this great initiative thanks to the intervention of the CAF de Saint-Martin. A unique place, Friar's Bay, brought together the 3 activities supervised by Erwan (lifeguard-lifeguard), Otis and Julien (BNSSA), Marine (DOLCE-BAFA), the Friar's Bay sailing club and Virginie from the KKO Beach Club. All the children received a Penguin diploma validating their behavior when facing the sea (putting their heads under water, surfing, putting on a life jacket, etc.). While the transport of the children to the place of activity was not an initial part of the project, the DAPA team, masterfully led by Elodie Vaglio and Nika Shillingford, added it to their book of promises, and free of charge, please. Roll on the 2nd edition… very soon. Long live DAPA. _Vx

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