Close to Nantes. This national-level soccer membership… with out a head workplace or clubhouse


Thierry Guillaume and Alban Atonatty completely embody the soundness of the USSA Vertou membership: the primary has been the coach of the C staff since 2008, the second of the pennant staff since 2011. ©HSM

The A in Nationwide 3, the B in Regional 1, the C now in Regional 2 following its rise acquired with panache final Could.


In seniors, the three USSA Vertou groups (in Loire-Atlantique) are in single file this seasona primary at such a stage within the historical past of the flagship Nantes winery membership.

The A in Nationwide 3 since 2008

It is each uncommon, outstanding, but additionally traumatic since all it takes is one descent for it to tumble. And after we know that in Nationwide 3, 5 formations should go down on the finish of the 2022-2023 monetary yr, the strain goes up a notch on the shoulders of Alban Atonatty, the coach of the pennant staff. Not that a lot in spite of everything, because the 41-year-old exudes serenity. His staff attacked his 15e season at this stage.

Though dominated by the ogre yonnais on Saturday (4-1) in N3, she wouldn’t say no to a podium in Could. “We’re popping out of an awesome season that ended within the 5e place, after we ought to have completed in 3e place with out the factors withdrawn on the inexperienced carpet, ”remembers Alban Atonatty, who doesn’t overlook to say the brand new D staff which managed to maneuver as much as D4 within the district in its first season.

“The equal of a professional membership”

Created in 1944, the Sainte-Anne can also be profitable amongst younger folks. “From U13 to U19, now we have the equal stage of a professional membership”, we are saying among the many sturdy heads of the membership.

The U19s play in Nation the place they managed to take care of final season. The U17s are additionally within the nationwide championship for the 8e time. The Vertavians cross swords with the FC Nantes, Bordeaux, Rennes, Guingamp… The U15s are mounted in R1, within the regional gratin. And the U13s are additionally at this stage. All intention for upkeep.

We can’t be greater than at the moment amongst our younger folks. It is gratifying, as a result of it is the reward for long-term work. The power of the membership? Regardless of the end result, we by no means shout on the ceiling. We attempt to be constant, humble, and we keep in our place”.

Alban Atonatty, basic coach of USSA Vertou seniors

By his facet, Thierry Guillaume accepted.

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Reward of stability

These two males completely embody stability on the USSA.

Alban Atonatty is a baby of the USSA and has been operating the A since 2011. Thierry Guillaume has been answerable for the C for 14 years, experiencing six climbs (towards two descents).

If this stability is praised to Vertou, “every little thing stays fragile in soccer”.

It takes fixed questioning. Each summer time, for instance, we battle to seek out educators in the suitable classes, when we’re not being stripped by competing golf equipment like FC Nantes. We recruit, we prepare, we promote internally. In A, I’ve 8 gamers out of 23 who’re educators with us.

Alban Atonatty

With out head workplace or membership home

If the outcomes are usually excellent, stays a black level: infrastructure. The membership to greater than 600 licensees has no head workplace or membership home because the disappearance of the historic dwelling of the Verreries within the spring of 2021. “We’ve no place to assemble. For our volunteers and our licensees, it’s problematic to create a hyperlink, ”we be aware on the USSA.

Final Thursday’s companion night, for instance, needed to happen on the Loiry kiosk, removed from a soccer stadium.

4 courts in comparison with eight earlier than

As for land, the coaches have it dangerous. “Earlier than, we had 8 pitches, 4 of which have been stabilized. We solely have 4 left as we speak, two of which we share with ES Vertou in Raymond-Durand and our grass pitch within the Heart which suffered from the drought this summer time and which might solely be used from 8 p.m. as a result of there may be athletics earlier than! We should refuse gamers, together with Vertaviens, as a result of we’re on the job, ”say the coaches.

“We’re at an deadlock”.

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