22 September 2023
EM Normandie Business School, ParalympicsGB and the City of Clichy join forces for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games
The official signing of the partnership between EM Normandie, the City of Clichy and ParalympicsGB with a view to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games marks the start of a promising collaboration and reflects a strong commitment to promoting inclusion and sporting excellence.
A look back at ParalympicsGB's brilliant performance
ParalympicsGB rewrote history at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with an impressive medal haul, placing the team on the podium in more events than any other nation at a single competition. The British team won medals in 18 different disciplines and finished second in the table with a total of 124 medals, including 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze.
ParalympicsGB's success in Tokyo follows equally impressive performances at Rio 2016 and London 2012, where the team finished second and third respectively in the medals table.
This partnership between Great Britain, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement in Stoke Mandeville in 1948, EM Normandie Business School and Clichy, offers a valuable opportunity to share expertise and knowledge while providing ParalympicsGB with a warm, family-friendly venue for the delegation's athletes and staff.
EM Normandie Business School in Clichy: the new home of ParalympicsGB
As part of this inspiring partnership, the Maison ParalympicsGB Paris 2024 will take up residence at EM Normandie Business School in Clichy for the duration of the Paralympic Games. This iconic space will be a gathering place for the ParalympicsGB family, providing an environment to celebrate and support British athletes.
Commitment to inclusion and accessibility
EM Normandie Business School, renowned for its academic excellence and resolutely committed as a "School for Good, School for Life, School for All", is honoured to welcome ParalympicsGB, its partners and sponsors, the athletes' families and friends, as well as the festive events linked to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, from 28 August to 8 September, on its Paris-Clichy campuses. This partnership is an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges of disability and promote inclusion in all places and circumstances. It will enable the school to advance its inclusion strategy by drawing on ParalympicsGB's expertise and deep understanding of disability to improve the accessibility of its campuses.
EM Normandie Business School also wants to change the way people think about disability. Thanks to this partnership, it will be organising events to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion on its campuses.
Finally, EM Normandie Business School is demonstrating its attachment to the UK, where it has had a campus in Oxford since 2014. The knowledge and expertise provided by the British delegation will be shared with EM Normandie Business School students and the residents of Clichy. This initiative aims to deepen understanding of inclusion and inspire change.
The official signing of this partnership provides a unique opportunity for communities to be inspired by world-class Paralympic athletes, learn from their exceptional journeys and promote sporting inclusion. Its stakeholders are united around a common goal: to encourage participation in sport, and to make Clichy a model of accessibility and inclusion, in the image of the new Palais des Sports specially designed for adapted and disabled sports. United in this approach, they are committed to leaving a lasting legacy after the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
With less than a year to go to the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, Clichy is more than ever in the starting-blocks! Town council departments, associations and clubs, businesses and citizens: the whole town is getting ready to take part in this great celebration of sport. The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are an opportunity for our city to reveal, develop and perpetuate all its sporting potential. After being chosen by Team GB to host its high performance centre, Clichy also has the honour of welcoming, in partnership with EM Normandie Business School, the "Maison ParalympicsGB". More than just a welcome, this is a true partnership that will unfold. We are determined to use this event to raise the profile of adapted sport in Clichy, to change the way people look at disability and, in general, to continue our commitment to making Clichy a town that is accessible to all, in every way!
Rémi Muzeau, Mayor of Clichy and Vice-Chairman of the Hauts-de-Seine department
I'm really excited that ParalympicsGB has such an important base in Clichy, a place we've chosen as our 'home' during the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. We are delighted to establish this partnership with the town of Clichy and EM Normandie Business School, which will not only enable us to continue our ambitions of providing the very best departments and support to our athletes, their friends and families, and our many enthusiastic partners via ParalympicsGB House, but also to help and support this fantastic corner of Paris in achieving its ambitions for inclusivity and accessibility.
Dave Clarke, CEO ParalympicsGB
Hosting the 'Maison ParalympicsGB' is an opportunity for our 3,000 students in Clichy to open up to a world that many of them are unfamiliar with. It's an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges associated with disability, to change the way people look at disability and to promote inclusion in all places and in all circumstances. Our mantra "School for Good, School for Life, School for All" takes on its full meaning with this partnership and perfectly illustrates our desire to make the Clichy campuses a model of accessibility and inclusion for all. We hope that this initiative will deepen understanding of inclusion and encourage everyone to go beyond their own limitations.
Jean-Louis Grégoire, President of EM Normandie Business School
A world-class higher education institution such as EM Normandie Business School has a duty to be open to society and to contribute to its development. Through the intellectual output of our researchers, we are helping to advance thinking, particularly in areas related to sustainability. Through the contribution of our students and their associations, we take action every day to make society a better place. Through the commitment of our campuses, we are helping to create a better world: one that is fairer, more inclusive and has a positive social and environmental impact. This three-way partnership between the City of Clichy, ParalympicsGB and EM Normandie Business School is another major step forward in this approach to inclusiveness and positive societal impact.
Lotfi Karoui, EM Normandie Business School Clichy-Paris Campus Director
Clichy-la-Garenne, a municipality with a population of 64,000 located to the north-west of Paris in the Hauts-de-Seine department, is a booming town that is revealing its many assets. At the heart of the metropolitan area, within easy reach of Paris, it offers residents, visitors and employees a high-quality, friendly environment. With a thriving cultural, sporting, economic and community life, Clichy is also committed to developing its infrastructure and facilities to support all its local energies.
Open and dynamic, the town of Clichy is committed to promoting accessibility for all, encouraging inclusive sports and living together.
About EM Normandie Business School:
Founded in 1871 as one of France's leading business schools, EM Normandie Business School has established itself as a benchmark institution in the world of business schools. It holds EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA international accreditations. With 6,500 students and professionals in its degree programmes and 26,000 members of the EM Normandie Alumni Association around the world, the school has seven campuses in Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses, Oxford, Dublin, Dubai and soon Boston. EM Normandie Business School trains the managers of tomorrow, future responsible leaders prepared to lead change in a multicultural environment, and supports employees and company directors throughout their careers.
A propos de la ParalympicsGB:
ParalympicsGB is the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team competing in the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. We know that the outstanding performances of our athletes have a powerful impact on the British public and can change the perception of disability in society, helping to inspire a better world for disabled people. ParalympicsGB would like to thank the National Lottery, UK Sport and our partners Gold adidas, Aldi, Allianz, bp, Bupa, CMR Surgical, Dreams, Hogan Lovells, John West, Nestlé Cereals UK, Ocean, Salesforce, Toyota, as well as our partners Citi, Randox Health and Sir Robert McAlpine for their support. Further details are available at https://paralympics.org.uk/.