emlyon business school is increasing its focus on sport in order to assert the school's leadership in this area. More than 3,000 emlyon students participate in sporting activities. The Elite Athletes programs are attended by 350 students, 32 of whom are eligible to qualify for the Paris Olympics and Paralympics including 19 who have already qualified.

A choice of over 45 different sports is offered by emlyon business school

Students can choose from 45 different disciplines available on or near their campus or within easy access by public transport. This wide range of activities for students on all programs contributes to their wellbeing and hones the skills they will need for a successful career. Sport fosters “soft skills”, personal attributes that boost employability such as adaptability, a team spirit, overachievement, discipline, perseverance, self-esteem and stress management.
emlyon students have the possibility to validate European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits for sport during their studies and sport is a mandatory module on some courses.

emlyon business school is top of the business school sports ranking

emlyon business school tops the 2024 Business Cool Business School sports ranking. The school's twelve teams participating in competitive sport can boast a particularly impressive record this year with two victories in the French women's handball and padel championships and two vice-championship titles in the French Schools' Championship in women's volleyball and men's handball. In addition, the school was ranked in the top three in seven out of twelve other disciplines (football, rugby, volleyball, basketball, tennis, futsal etc.).

emlyon business school won the French Business School Championship for the 5th time in a row! The general ranking takes into account participation in the French Business Schools National Cup, a key event in which all business schools compete. emlyon is also the only business school to qualify in the national challenge which pits France's top 20 universities and schools against each other.

emlyon offers specialist programs for elite athletes:

Four specific programs - from undergraduate through to vocational retraining - are adapted to the constraints of elite athletes. The admission exams and course content are identical for all students. However, accommodations are made to the curriculum so that they can reconcile their sporting and academic aspirations.
Since 2019, more than 350 athletes have joined emlyon business school programs:

  • Young hopefuls such as Iliana Rupert, Mathilde Gros, Shirine Boukli, Erwan Konaté and Jeanne Sadran,
  • Career athletes such as Béatrice Edwige, Dylan Cretin, Loan Goujon, Floria Guei and Marie Eve Gahie,
  • Champions seeking a change of career such as Thierry Dusautoir, Sébastien Chabal, Frédéric Michalack, Ali Traoré, Axel Toupane, Paoline Salagnac, Ingrid Tanqueray, Yoann Bagot, Jérôme Cousin and Ronny Turiaf.

emlyon business school aims to give elite athletes everything they need to exploit their full potential to serve the business world and society as a whole.

Isabelle Huault, Executive President and Dean of emlyon business school:

emlyon business school believes that sport fosters the development of particular skills. We are committed to offering the best possible experience to all our students and sport is one of the cornerstones of this. With 45 different sporting disciplines available, fantastic facilities in the near vicinity of the new campus (the Tony Parker Academy, the LOU tennis courts, the Gerland Plaine des jeux pitches, the Tola Vologe training center etc.) and specific programs designed for elite athletes, emlyon business school can boast of being one of the most attractive schools for sports lovers.”

Mickael Romezy, Head of Sports and Elite Athletes Programs at emlyon business school:

Sport shapes people by instilling values and teaching cross disciplinary skills which are extremely useful for a future career. Our various initiatives to promote sport are intended to foster the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our students while enabling them to maintain their performance in a project which is a great learning experience. The excellent sporting achievements of our teams and the number of our students who have been selected to represent France during the 2024 Paris Olympic Games proves that we are on the right track and encourages us to go even further.

About emlyon business school:

Founded in 1872 by the Lyon Chamber of Commerce, emlyon business school has an enrollment of over 9,000 students of 125 nationalities across five campuses worldwide (Lyon-Ecully, Shanghai, Paris, Bhubaneswar, and Mumbai). The School relies on a Faculty of 166 internationally recognized professors and researchers, and a network of 200 global academic partners, to provide learning tracks of academic excellence open to the world. The school runs a community of 41,700 alumni spread over 130 countries. As a benefit corporation (société à mission) emlyon aims to “train and support informed leaders, throughout their lives, who are able to transform organizations efficiently for a fairer society and with greater solidarity and respect for the planet”. The School's “makers” pedagogy closely links action and reflection. Skill hybridization and social responsibility are also at the heart of its training programs, where the best of both socio-economic and academic worlds meet. The strategic plan, “Resonances 2028”, reaffirms the importance of the “maker spirit” that has been the DNA of emlyon since its creation. The plan is built around the five qualities expected of “makers”, emlyon students and alumni, to become entrepreneurs of change, namely: academic excellence; entrepreneurial spirit; engagement; hybrid knowledge; resonance with society.

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