Selected for the sports activities trophy organized by the Depeche group and the Occitanie Region, François Lafforgue has been an exemplary volunteer chief for greater than 50 years. And he nonetheless teaches tennis!
“There would be so much to say …”, says François Lafforgue to speak about his profession. And certainly, this sympathetic 82-year-old man with a dwelling reminiscence has “so much to say”, particularly in terms of tennis. His ardour for this racquet sport has by no means left him. “When I go into a court, I breathe,” he smiles. He nonetheless teaches it at present at Cierp-Gaud in the Comminges, inside the very membership he created in 1968 and which he nonetheless chairs.
Without being a candidate himself, however put ahead for his advantage by a benevolent and grateful particular person, the profile of François Lafforgue was chosen to take part in the regional sports activities trophy organized by the Dépêche group and the Region of Occitanie (1). Will he be the fortunate winner of this 2,021 trophy in Haute-Garonne, placing six classes in the operating – together with that of the volunteer he represents?
Lessons in all places
If the “Olympic” type is now not the previous one for François, his fervor for tennis has in all probability helped him to maintain his power. Always captivated with sport in basic, it was the Cierp-Gaud tennis membership that mobilized him: a 53-year journey set in stone, the pages of which proceed to be written and to be half of time. This is to say if Francis put his coronary heart and self-sacrifice into it, if he knew find out how to unite. “I arrived in the village in 1962, on my return from the Algerian war. I launched the tennis activity there which, before the closure of the Pechiney factory in Marignac, recorded 180 licensees in all categories. Three times. , we won the Comminges championship, ”explains François Lafforgue proudly, without forgetting to thank the town hall, which has always supported him. “Tennis at the moment was completely not developed in the area; it exploded in France in 1974 when Björn Borg gained Roland Garros. In 1971, the first district of France was created with Doctor Claude Bonnefont. in the area of 4-5 years, we went from 3 to 32 golf equipment on the Comminges “.
In parallel to his activity as a manager, François also gave lessons in Luchon, Lannemezan, Saint-Gaudens, Martres-Tolosane, Cazères…, settling for years with a sandwich taken at lunchtime to save time and go to train. And every year, he visited the 32 tennis clubs of Comminges, in order to detect new talents.
45,000 km per year with its young people
In the world of tennis, he went through all levels, from departmental sports advisor for the Midi-Pyrenees league to sworn in the examination of the instructor at La Grande-Motte, from leader of the training center of Aspet (during over 25 years) with the best players of Comminges (including Sébastien Coubère, who became European champion in the police guild) to trainer for 6-18 year olds, some of whom have taken the path to the hope pole of Toulouse and the Stade Toulouse.
And as that was not enough, he willingly accompanied “his” young people to Roland-Garros, to the French 11-year-old championships, to Royan, to the Petits As in Tarbes… A passion that translates into a number: 45,000 km on the clock every year. At 82, he continues to train the youngest, around twenty members of his club. Because inevitably, a passion is shared, François still remains at the service of others.
Before investing for the profit of tennis, members and his membership, François Lafforgue was a pioneer of the little yellow ball. When he began out, on Sundays and evenings, on previous floor, he educated towards a wall. Until that day when the thought got here to him to fabricate a prototype of a machine that returned the balls to him, lengthy earlier than it was marketed since. François Lafforgue can also be at the origin of “free play”, authorised for 2 years by all golf equipment in France.