Make outdoor activities accessible to all children


250 children from Saint-Martin were able to take advantage of this third edition of the DAPA days which began on Tuesday March 30 and ended on Thursday April 1.

Mélinda, Maëliss and Julicia took part on Wednesday March 31 in one of the three days of the third edition of the DAPA project (Discovery of Outdoor Activities). "It's so cool" they yell in unison. Like the 250 children aged 7 to 14 registered for this session, they are delighted to be able to practice the various activities dedicated to them on the beach of Friar's Bay. Beach tennis, boxing, sailing, kayaking, swimming ... disciplines that were previously inaccessible to them, supervised by qualified instructors (Friar's Bay sailing club, Abc Intersports, Kko Beach club, UNSS Mont des accords, Afps Saint-Martin ) “In July 2020 we were tasked by the Youth and Sports service of the prefecture, to give the opportunity to 200 children whose parents have low incomes, to practice sports” explains Bülent Gülay. Created and organized by the Nautical Club of Saint-Martin, the DAPA project is voluntarily turned towards the sea, on an island where many children still cannot swim.  Each registered child thus receives a book of 10 tickets with a total value of 200 € that he can use during these days or to register in an approved club. Following the success of the first edition, which took place over three half-days of the Christmas holidays, the DAPA has extended since the second edition (carnival holidays) over three full days and includes a catering and transport service. The children are divided into three groups over three days. The DAPA project is fully funded by the state. The last edition of this year 2021 is scheduled for the summer holidays.

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