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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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