The Bernard Diomède Academy, a model of education through sport

The Diomede Academy is the name of the structure founded by former football player Bernard Diomede. The Guadeloupean, legend of AJ Auxerre and world champion in 1998, has decided to dedicate his second life to young people. A few days ago, as every year, he gathered his friends, all big names in football, for the benefit of his organization. The chance to meet a determined and visionary man.

A few days ago, Bernard Diomède, the coach of the French under-20 football team, revealed his list of Blues for the prestigious Maurice-Revello International Tournament. But it was in the Hauts-de-Seine, near Issy-Les-Moulineaux, that we found the 1998 football world champion, around a round table dedicated to social inclusion through sport. Several professional football players were present, including the Kanak Christian Karembeu, the Guadeloupeans Mickaël Ciani, Olivier Dacourt and the Martiniquais Frederic Piquionne.

All took part in the Gala match between France 98 and Académie United. † It is very important what Bernard Diomède does. He has set up a socio-educational project to bring children into this sporting, but not only sporting logic. Education also goes through school, learning. Today we must give these youth the opportunity to move forward in life. I congratulate him on what he does “says Habib Beye, also present.

Bernard Diomède listens carefully to his friends while keeping an eye on the audience and the many partners who have come. He is barely visible with his cap screwed onto his head. Nothing surprising because discretion is one of the qualities of the major of the class 2007/2009 of the Center for Sports Law and Economics where he still works today as part of the Master 2 “Law, Economics and Sports Management”.

For Christian Karembeu, there is no doubt that Bernard Diomède is an example and his Academy a reference. The 1998 world champion has known the Diomede Academy for over 10 years. † The Diomede Academy for me represents the traditional Kanak hut with a central post. This message is the ideas, the basic values ​​that we must respect. There are ropes that branch out to the other posts and support the frame. Every entity in this square is primal. Why I gave this image because the central post is really the values ​​of the Academy and the rest are the entities framing this entity. Bernard is the clan leader. The principle of this box: it is education. A place where we can talk, exchange. Youth must learn good manners, respect, and humility before they can express themselves.

In 2008 the Diomede Academy opened its doors in collaboration with a school group from Issy-Les-Moulineaux. The Bernard Diomède Academy, a non-profit organization labeled by the French Football Federation and supported by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports, gives young people aged 6 to 12 the opportunity to combine education and passion for football: 6,200 young people have been followed for fourteen years and benefit from a threefold educational project: academic, sporting and social.

Former French international, Guadeloupean Luc Sonor is a big fan of Bernard Diomede’s work. † What ‘Diodio’ does is no surprise. I love. He is a very attentive, curious person. It tries to convey values. He is interested in everything and in people. From a single site in 2008 to six sites in the Paris region today (Marly-Le-Roi, Créteil, Villeparisis, Poissy, Rueil-Malmaison, Meaux and Issy-Les-Moulineaux), the Académie Diomède continues to grow. A first site outside Île-de-France should open its doors in 2023. In fact, Bernard Diomède says he is ready” to go abroad. We’ve worked. Today we have set ourselves the goal of going to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion and even New Caledonia before 2024. This is being prepared with the institutions and our partners.

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