1 – justify at least three years of existence 2 – propose activities relating to youth and/or popular education 3 – the establishment of statutory provisions guaranteeing freedom of conscience; respect for the principle of non-discrimination; equal access for men and women to governing bodies; access for young people (including minors aged 16 and over) to governing bodies. Depending on the size of the association, the application for approval is processed either at the national level (ministry – youth service) or at the departmental level (departmental directorate of social cohesion, youth center, sport and associative life). It is therefore appropriate to choose the appropriate interlocutor on the basis of the following criteria. Like any ministerial approval, sports admission is a privileged form of relationship between the association and the ministry responsible for sports. As a result, an affiliated association no longer has to apply for a sports permit from the services of the SDCS, Mission Jeunesse Sport Vie Associative, since it is recognized by the federation to which it belongs. As part of the modernization of public action, the Ministry has committed to present several steps to simplify administrative procedures. On these steps aimed at simplifying relations between the State and the associative world, it is proposed to discourage sports associations from seeking the approval of the prefect when they are affiliated to a sports federation itself recognized by the State. Federations that are not covered by the practice of sport or that do not wish to join a recognized sports federation may apply for admission if they contribute to the development or promotion of sport and sports practice (associations of this type already approved retain the approval granted to them). Departmental Directorate of Social Cohesion (SDCS Departmental Directorate of Social Cohesion) Mission for children, youth and associations Cité administrative / 4. 175, rue Gustave Delory59 011 Lille cedex Bureau of educational, cultural and sports actions of the General Directorate of School Education of the Ministry of National Education for applications for national recognition of educational associations the prefectural admission procedure will be maintained only for federations participating in the development or promotion of sport and sports activities, without the practice of sport itself being included in its social purpose St. . . .