François Beauchard - Chairman, European Network of Outdoor Sports -ENOS

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François Beauchard has been an outdoor sports enthusiast since he was 13 years old. Wild water kayaking then became a great interest; first as a competitor and later as Head Coach of the French National Team for 10 years. After leaving the French and the International Canoe Federations, he was Project Manager in Brittany, responsible for developing nautical sports and hiking itineraries. He then was Deputy Director of the National Sailing Academy in Quiberon France, where he was involved in the development of outdoor training courses in nautical sports. Today, he is Director of the CREPS Rhône Alpes, based in Vallon Pont d’Arc in Ardeche France, an  institute specialised in outdoor sports and the outdoor recreational sector, working for the French Ministry of Sports. He is also currently Chairman of ENOS (European Network of Outdoor Sports), with the objective of working towards the visibility of outdoor sports in Europe.

Nowadays there is a real contradiction with outdoor activities. On the one hand it is a subject that is often covered by the media; with images of outdoor activities constantly shown and replayed. On the other hand our society is becoming inactive, and even the young are increasingly sedentary. 

Can we have the ambition to change things? Make people more active and motivate them to regularly practice outdoor sports? ENOS is actively working to raise awareness about outdoor sports; by making known the positive effects to society as a whole and also by understanding what motivates those who practice on a regular basis. To do this ENOS should not work alone: let’s work together, combining our forces.