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France Sport Association


France Sport Association is a historical and key partner of international sports movement, specialized in sports projects, institutional and event.

We encourage mutually beneficial partnerships, promote sport to the widest possible audience and work to achieve greater global awareness of French know-how leaving you free to focus all your attention on your performance.

Our priority is to lend our specific sporting knowledge and organisational expertise to your project and bring it thus to successful fruition.

We are accredited by two French Ministries:
> The French Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport (Agrément Jeunesse et Sport n°92/S/697)
(Prefectorial order N°2008.22 1 September 2008)
> he French Ministry of Culture (Agrément Tourisme n°AG 092 06 0001)
(Prefectorial order N°2006.315 14 September 1995 modified)


Les fondements

The Association began life in 1986 as the company Stage, founded primarily by Philip Graillot to host overseas sports delegations visiting France for competitive events and/or training.

In 1988 the Air France Group bought the company and turned it into a non-profit-making organisation. Stage became France Sport Association.

This is the beginning of the adventure! The association organizes many sports courses and assists organizers with logistical support while it multiplies hosting of foreign delegations for international sports event. Thus in 2000, France Sport Association organizes the arrival of the All Blacks Team in France and in 2002, more than 100 courses will be held in the same month!

In 2014, several changes occured in the structure:
> The activity is transferred to the subsidiary named To Sport. In January 2014, there are France Sport Association and the company To Sport.
> During Summer 2014, the Exotismes group takes control of the capital of To Sport through its subsidiary VO2maxvoyages, a travel agency specialized in sports journeys (running, trail running, triathlon, cycling). Then, To Sport changes its business entity and is currently named France Sport VO2maxvoyages Group. This is the beginning of a new sporting adventure!


A long line of charismatic figures have presided at the helm of the France Sport Association, all of them from a sporting background:

  • 1994-1996
    Michel JAZY
  • 1996-1998
    Michel SVOBODA
    (Air France)
  • Daniel HERRERO
    Daniel HERRERO
  • 2001-2004
    Brigitte DEYDIER
  • 2004-2005
    Marion CLIGNET
  • 2005
  • 2005-2011
    Yves RENAUD
    (Hockey sur gazon)
  • Depuis 2011
    Alain AMADE
    (Ski nautique)

Board of directors


The Board of Directors implements the France Sport Association policy defined by the General Assembly.
The Board of Directors supervises the management of the association by the Director Bureau.


The Board of Directors consists of 12 members.
An ex officio member as Director of the Association and 11 members elected for four years by the General Assembly. It is composed as follows:
> Alain AMADE : Chairman, President European Water Ski Federation
> Géraldine GAUVIN : General Secretary, Lawyer
> Bernard BOUTELLIER : Treasurer, Professor at the Sorbonne (Paris)
> Edwige AVICE : qualified Member, Vice President of BIPE, Sports Minister in 1981-1984
> François LOICHET : Qualified Member, Head of Sports Events in NSDC
> Frédéric BESNIER : Qualified Member, Director National Association of Professional Sports Leagues
> Lionel BARBERIS : Qualified Member, Director of General Services of the city of Rive de Gier (42)