Herault’s heart: The Gignac sports area will bear the name of rugby player Christophe Urios

A ceremony took place Tuesday night, May 3, in the presence of the athlete who came to unveil the plaque.

Elected officials, young athletes and representatives of Gignacois clubs came in large numbers this Tuesday, May 3, to the baptism of the sports field around Mas Salat, next to another place, culturally this time, Sonambule.

The evening brought together two of the best current leaders of French sport, Union Bordeaux / Bègles Rugby Christophe Urios, whose place will bear the name and Montpellier Handball Patrice Canayer, who came in his capacity as regional adviser along with a mayor and ward department. councilor of Gignac who did not sulk his pleasure.

1st line Soto, Urios, Canayer.

1st line Soto, Urios, Canayer.

A leader and a man of high quality

“There is a lot of symbolism in our choices, facilitated by the fact that Christophe was born in Gignac and that we fully respect the human and managerial values ​​that he conveys. ”Jean-François Soto explained with a smile, inviting everyone to take advantage of these moments of exchange and sharing in a complex national and international context.

“Gignac is a sports city with many clubs that welcome and supervise young people. More than 50% of our budget goes to sports, education and youth.. We make an effort because we believe in the future and in a collective strength that allows us to do great things together “, finished the mayor before attending with his hosts a demonstration of the karate club in one of the rooms in the new Urios room.

The new sports hall is coming!

Gignac was also able to inaugurate in 2022 its Gilles-Fermaud sports hall, which rises from the ground at the entrance to the city, near the high school. Since the laying of the first stone on December 15, the site has been in progress and should be delivered in September or October.

Designed to host national competitions, with its 2,500 m² and 450 grandstand seats, the facility will house collective sports clubs, volleyball, handball and basketball. It is in addition to the synthetic football stadium, whose locker room will begin next winter.

The sports room includes the martial arts halls located next to the Sonambule culture room, it includes the Riveral Gymnasium and the Synthetic Stadium of the Future around Mas Salat.

A homecoming for a valuable man

The current head of UBB has strong ties to the city where his mother lives and where he spent part of his childhood and youth.

Michel, Annie, Christophe and Martine, for a family photo.

Michel, Annie, Christophe and Martine, for a family photo.

“It makes me especially happy for him! I send the picture to his children,” declares Annie, who came to accompany a son whom she followed and supported for a long time on the edge of the field when he was playing. Accompanied by Uncle Michel, assistant to the city associations and Martine, one of the two aunts of the rugby player who also lives in Gignac, she posed under the sports area’s impressive plaque this Tuesday, May 3rd. After listening carefully to his elder’s speech.

“Sport, a great means of integration”

“I’m touched. But when you enter someone’s name, it’s normal when the guys are dead. I asked and then luckily there were people alive. So I’m told I will accept,” jokes the current manager of Union Bordeaux / Bègles, champion in France with Castres in 2018… against Montpellier, a few months after he came to sponsor an evening with Gignac champions at the invitation of the mayor and his council.

“I am a child of Gignac, where I have been a part of my family since my grandparents. I spent the first four years of my life there before returning regularly during the holidays when I was young.”

And to evoke many memories, from drum matches to the donkey festival at Ascension or summer trips to the Devil’s Bridge. “I said yes because we have to take care of our youth. She has changed yes, but she is amazing and young people are much more resourceful than me at their age”, explains the man who is now successfully leading a career as a sports director .

“I agree 100% with the mayor’s message. Sport is a great way to integrate into life, even more so today. For that, you need good facilities but above all educators, clubs”, adds Christophe Urios. “And strong values, I built myself with those that my parents have given me. If my spirit, my values, my way of being, more than my name, can motivate young people, it will be very good.”

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