National Centre for the Sport Developpement
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The National Centre for Sports Development (CNDS) is a public institution under the administrative supervision of the ministry responsible for sports. It was founded in 2006, partly to take over from the National Foundation for Sports Development (FNDS) which was an earmarked account set up in 1979 and closed on 31st December 2005 as a result of the organic law budget appropriation act passed on 1st August 2001.

The creation of this public institution allowed for improved revenue appropriation (levies on profits from gambling companies such as ‘La Francaise des Jeux’, ‘Paris Sportifs’, and the reinvestment of sporting events revenue) towards supporting and developing the practice of sport. This redistribution is organised in the form of competitions open to regional councils and public interest groups involved in physical and sports activities, with financial incentives in the form of subsidies towards equipment or operating costs. In 2014, CNDS was composed of 24 agents under the authority of the Managing Director, Jean-Francois Guillot. Link to CNDS organisation chart

Our objectives

The first article of the Sports Code (L.100-1) states that ‘physical and sports activities are an important part of education, culture, integration and social life’ and that ‘in particular, they play a part in the battle against academic failure and the goal to reduce social and cultural inequality, as well as improving health’. As an actor for the government, CNDS actively participates in attaining these goals. Our objectives are set out in article R411-2 of the sports code which states that CNDS contributes to :

The development of sport and its practice by as many people as possible
New guidelines have been developed since 2012 in the form of subsidies of funds or equipment to sports associations, which has strengthened CNDS’ impact in the development of sports practice for everybody, everywhere. Since 2014, new regional allocation criteria have taken account of the inequality of access to the practice of sports. In order to ensure effectiveness in lowering regional inequality, funding and equipment subsidies are prioritised to a limited number of beneficiaries. In order to improve public communication on the topic, CNDS has also launched a fund to support audiovisual promotion of sports practice for women and the disabled.

Access to high-level sports and the organisation of sports events
Hosting large international sports events (GESI) contributes to sports development, social and cultural life, the economy and regional development. These events help to promote France at an international level, and expand France’s international reputation as a sporting country. This is why CNDS has been in charge of supporting the organisation of over 130 large international sports events since 2009.

Improving the management and professionalisation of sport
Since 2014, CNDS has been supporting in particular the creation of jobs which contribute to the practice of sport - an important tool in realising government policy in this area.

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Since 2013, the National Centre for the Development of Sport (CNDS) has been committed to developing partnerships with companies that want to get involved in promoting the practice of sports.

The Ministry of Budget indicated, by letter dated 31st January 2014, that CNDS had been admitted to the judicial regime of sponsorship set out in article 238 bis-1-a of France’s General Tax Code.

Consequently, on 25 March 2014, CNDS’ board of directors adopted deliberation n°2014-10 authorising CNDS to accept donations and legacies in the name of sponsorship in order to finance the institution’s statutory objectives.

What was sponsored in 2015 ?

The US Coca-Cola Foundation, CNDS’ first sponsor, confirmed in May 2014, its donation to CNDS of €540,000 a year for three years.

CNDS and the Coca-Cola Foundation decided to reserve the donations specifically to the battle against youth obesity in people between the ages of 12 and 25. Two approaches have therefore been developed :

    • the organisation of various ways of preventing and treating obesity in certain regions
    • the organisation of a national watchdog devoted to observing physical activity and sedentary behaviour

For more information : Download the call for projects published 11th February 2015

Two scientific committees, organised 5th May and 25th June 2015, selected : :

A third scientific committee will meet at the beginning of October 2015. Following this, CNDS may launch a new call for projects, submissions for which will be expected in the autumn 2015, which, if launched, will allow the DRJSCS to spark and guide new projects.

Would you like to become a sponsor and contribute to the development of physical and sports activities ?
Contact Jean-Francois GUILLOT, General Manager of CNDS at
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This is an explanation of how the National Centre for Sports Development (CNDS), public administrative institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sports, sources and re-invests its funding.
The majority of funding comes from taxes on the profits of gambling companies such as La Francaise des Jeux and from the television broadcasting rights, called the ‘Buffet tax’.

Figures from 2014


Revenu :
In 2014, CNDS received €273,6 M million in revenue.
Of this, 80%, that is €220.2 million, came from La Francaise des Jeux.


Broken down, this came from :


Expenditures :
In 2014, the institution’s expenditure was a total of €297.3 million, primarily made up of funding (€294.6 million), which was distributed as follows :

Besides this, CNDS’ own operating costs amounted to €2.7 million.

Results :
In 2014, CNDS’ deficit amounted to €23.7 million.
€23.8 million was subsequently drawn from the treasury on 31st December 2014, leaving €12.5 million.

The forecast for 2015

CNDS, like government Ministers and their teams, are committed to reducing public spending.

CNDS’ 2015 revenue forecast was €260.7 million, which is a decrease of €13 million from 2014.

The operating costs forecast in 2015 was €258.2 million.

The working capital is estimated at the end of 2015 to be €14.9million.

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Béatrice BARBUSSE, Chairwoman of CNDS’ board of directors

University lecturer and researcher in sociology, Béatrice Barbusse was appointed CNDS’ chairwoman of the board on 17th March 2015. Alongside her university career, she has been involved in sport for over thirty years. After playing handball at the highest levels, she coached a men’s professional handball club between 2007 and 2012. Today, she is a member of the board of the French Handball Federation, in charge of its campaign to boost women’s adoption of the sport, municipal councillor responsible for sports in her borough, and Vice President of Sports and Democracy.

‘As Chairwoman of the board of directors at CNDS for the past six months, I have come to realise how this institution, whose purpose is to support the development of sport for everyone, and that will celebrate its ten years of existence in 2016, is by and large unknown in the sporting world. Which is surprising, when considering that CNDS is the means of application of the sports politics on which governing bodies rely to bring together the principal players of the sporting world (the state, regional councils, the national sports organisation community and various qualified individuals), and finances several sporting initiatives every year. Every person at CNDS deserves our encouragement, which you can do by downloading CNDS’ activity report from its website and, which will help you to understand just how important their financial support is.

Since 2013, CNDS’ board has streamlined its way of funding, in order to be more efficient. CNDS continues to fund major international sporting events, local and national construction and equipment renovations, but is now making an effort to reduce the inequalities of access to the practice of sports. In so doing, the priority now is to ensure the support for sport for EVERYONE : sports for the disabled, for women, in areas of rural renovation and priority urban areas, and ensuring everyone has the possibility to learn how to swim.

CNDS would also like to participate in structuring our sports organisations, to help encourage the creation of jobs.

In 2014, the creation of the fund to boost audiovisual broadcasting of some sports that are otherwise rarely broadcast, women’s sports and handicapped sports, also contributes to achieving the goal of encouraging sports for everyone.

Its success depends on cooperation between regional authorities, a programming committee for equipment subsidies, but also on the central structure composed of twenty-four employees, whose Managing Director is today Mr. Jean-Francois Guillot. This team, whether nationally or internationally, works everyday not only on the administration of thousands of projects, but also in guiding those who need help in managing their project.

After six months as Chairwoman, I’m sure of the urgent need to maintain and promote CNDS’ work, so it can continue to be what it has always been, an indispensable means of achieving the goal of sports for everyone.’

Jean-François GUILLOT, Managing Director at CNDS

After starting his professional career in the Ministry of Defense as a naval officer, Jean-Francois Guillot joined the French National Audit office in 1996. During his first period of mobility, between 2003 and 2007, he took on the position of Deputy Director of the Ministry of Justice’s Project Management Office, where he was involved in overseeing various construction and renovation projects for law courts and penitentiary institutions.

Senior Counselor since 2011, he was responsible for the certification of state real estate and ensured control of the national port authorities. He was appointed Managing Director of CNDS on 1st February 2013, with the responsibility of reforming CNDS’ funding criteria, without the restrictions of a budget framework.

‘Over the past three years, CNDS has had to change significantly, before being able to once again have a positive, uplifting effect on sports practice in France. Despite the government’s efforts to reduce public debt, which has somewhat limited CNDS’ resources, the institution maintains its unequivocal financing capabilities in the areas of sports equipment, the organisation of both regional and major international sporting events.

The year 2015 will show the first effects of 2014’s policy reform of regional sports funding, which aims to concentrate CNDS’ financial support on those regional, local organisations who need it most, and to reduce the number of areas previously considered to be priority.

Once again, this year new sports equipment funding guidelines were adopted by the board. These guidelines concentrate CNDS’ activity, at the local level, on specific sports equipment for disadvantaged, socio-economically challenged areas, and areas undergoing rural renovation, which are considered to be priority areas.

With a restricted budget, CNDS is delighted by the increase in bank loans for the organisation of major international sporting events, in the context of France’s candidacy to host the Olympic and Paralympic games. Also of note is the encouraging success of the ‘Audio-visual Fund’, which provides appreciated funding to support the broadcasting of events and programmes about emerging sports, women’s sports and handicapped sports.

As part of the framework of an sponsorship agreement signed with the Coca-Cola Foundation in Atlanta, CNDS is embarking on an ambitious project as part of the campaign ‘Sport, Health and Well-being’.

Together with my twenty-three colleagues, and with the support of the board, led by Mrs. Béatrice Barbusse, I pay particular attention to the application of these guidelines, which are necessary if the institution is going to be able to uphold its responsibility as supporter of the development of sports for everyone. CNDS also needs to manage the institution’s long-term engagements, whilst respecting its resources.

Constant attention is needed to ensure that funding is not mis-attributed, and that CNDS remains a streamlined vehicle for driving the sports policy in France’

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The National Centre for Sports Development (CNDS), as a public administrative institution, coordinates the links between sports activities, local authorities and qualified individuals. In addition to the governance structure dictated by the sports code, that of the Board of Directors, the Programming Board and regional councils, the institution relies on the expertise of different people and organisations in sport within several committees and working groups, for the application of its guidelines.

The Board of Directors

CNDS’ Board of Directors consists of twenty-one members. Its Chairwoman, Mrs. Béatrice Barbusse was appointed by decree on 16th March 2015.

The rest of the board is composed of twenty members of whom four are ex-officio members (ministers responsible for sports and budget, the President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee CNOSF, and the Director of Sports), four representatives of the ministry in charge of sports, five representatives of the national sports organisation community, three representatives from local authorities, and four qualified members.

   Download the list of members of the Board of Directors as of 9th June 2015

The Programming Board

The Programming Board is responsible for submitting opinions to the board members on the Managing Director of CNDS’ proposed allocation of equipment subsidies. Its president, Mr. Paul-André Tramier was appointed by decree on 14th October 2013, on the recommendation of the president of the CNOSF.

Aside from its president, the Programming Board is made up of five members, of whom two are public representatives, two from the national sports organisation community and one representative from the National Association of Elected Sports Officials (ANDES). The Programming Board is usually consulted on issues relating to equipment subsidisation.

Territorial Councils

A territorial council has been set up for CNDS in each region in order to ensure collaboration at the local level on the institution’s decentralised funding (territorial allocations).

These include subsidies for sports clubs, county and regional sports federation committees, the Olympic and Sports Regional Council (CROS), the Olympic and Sports County Council (CDOS) and the Olympic and Sports Territorial Council (CTOS). Jointly presided over by the regional prefect, the institution’s territorial delegate, and by the President of the CROS, it is made up of representatives from the state, the national sports organisation community, and, for consultation purposes, territorial councils.

The territorial delegate is aided by a deputy territorial delegate who is appointed by CNDS’ Managing Director on the territorial delegate’s recommendation, and is chosen from among the decentralised state department heads in charge of sports, or their deputies.

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Specific committees have been set up to facilitate CNDS’ work, and in particular, to realise the decisions made by the board. These committees have been established either formally through board deliberation, or informally.

a) The Employment Committee

Established in 2007, it aids the board by putting forward appropriate proposals on matters relating to the development of employment within the national sports organisation community.

It is headed by Mr. Jean-Pierre Mougin, Deputy Vice-Chairman in charge of employment, training and qualification. The committee is also made up of three state representatives, three representatives from the national sports organisation community and three representatives from regional authorities.

b) The Accessibility Committee

An informal committee brought together by CNDS’ Managing Director prior to making subsidy allocation decisions on making sports equipment more accessible.

This committee provides a technical perspective (as does CNDS’ general guidelines) on the allocation of funds.

The committee is composed of representatives from the Sports Directive (DS), the French Federation for Disability in Sport (FFH) and the French Federation for Adapted Sport (FFSA).

c) The Audio-visual Funds Committee

In 2013, the board decided to create a fund to support the audio-visual production of events and programmes which promote sport for women and for the disabled.

The Managing Director depends on a committee composed of experts in the field of audio-visual production (the Commission for Audio-visual Excellence, the National Centre of Cinema and Motion Pictures and an independent expert). Representatives from various federations, professional sports leagues, the French Sports and Paralympic Committee and the French National Sports and Olympic Committee.

d) The technical working group ‘Large international sporting events’ (GESI)

As part of the framework of shared and joint instruction procedure on dealing with requests for help with applying for and organising GESI, the Managing Director organises meetings bringing together representatives from the CNOSF, the Inter-ministerial Delegation for Large Sporting Events (DIGES) and from the Sports Directive, in order to share CNDS’ support priorities.
This collective thought process :

  • • Helps to identify which projects are priority for French sport and to verify their compatibility with the sporting calendar and the means available.
  • • Informs federations of what sort of support is available, before they commit themselves officially to an application to the international federation.
  • • Improves the overall coherence of the support offered to federations by the different bodies.
  • • Contributes to the formalisation of an on-going strategy for hosting sports events in France.
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