Sport Dans La Ville

“Des Etoiles et des Femmes” (Stars and Women): training women from deprived neighbourhoods to high-end hospitality

  • Field of intervention
    Vocational training
  • Supported organization
    Sport dans la Ville
  • Country and localization
    France, Bobigny, Grenoble, Chambéry and Roubaix
  • Supported people
    150 young people coming from deprived neighbourhoods
  • Project helped in
    2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018
  • Amount of the support i 2019
    50,000 euros

DÉPART association, created in 1987, aims to facilitate the social and professional integration of people in difficulty. It fulfills this purpose, in particular through participation in integration actions led by other structures sharing the same objectives. As such, the association leads the "Stars and Women" project, initiated in 2015 by the insertion company La Table de Cana Marseille (TDCM), the leader of the region in the catering sector. 

In 2015, TDCM set up a high-end catering training program in Marseille: "Stars and Women", aimed at women from priority neighborhoods in the city. The objective of this project? Supporting promotions of 12 women to get a catering qualification with practical training in the kitchens of Chefs partners of the program.

Solidarity AccorHotels has been supporting this initiative since its creation in 2015 in Marseille. In 2017, the Fund is also supporting the extension of the project, first in Montpellier and then in Bordeaux. In each of these three cities, some AccorHotels Chefs are engaged and receive for one year a beneficiary alternately in their brigade, to share experience and practical advice.

In 2018, Solidarity AccorHotels renewed its support for the three cities and supported the spin-off of the project in Paris-Ile de France with three new Chefs from the Groups involved.


Involvement of the teams:

In Marseille: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port and MAMA Shelter are involved for 3 years. Some Chefs took part in the 2015 and 2016 editions: Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, Pullman Marseille Provence and Grand Roi René Hotel (MGallery).

In Montpellier: Pullman Montpellier Center, Mercure Center Comedy and Mercure Grande Motte.

In Bordeaux: 6 chefs from 5 establishments - Mercure Meriadeck, Mercure Cité Mondiale, Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Mama Shelter and Pullman Bordeaux Lac.

In Paris : Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, Sofitel Paris le Faubourg and the caterer Potel et Chabot. 


Discover the video "We are Women", presenting Hafidha who is following the "Des Etoiles et des Femmes" vocational training.

This project is one I find especially important because we are not all lucky enough to grow up in a privileged environment. As a sports enthusiast myself and knowing that sport is an incredible way to create social connections, I’m fully convinced that the Sport dans la Ville association is an effective tool to help young people find jobs.