INSEP: reaching for athletic excellence

The flagship of high performance sport in France, this site will make its modern infrastructure available to delegations for their training sessions.

Less than 30 minutes from the Athletes’ Village

Located on the south-westerly edge of Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes and in the heart of a wooded area of 28 hectares, the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) is a high level centre dedicated to performance, especially for French teams. For the 2020 European Championships in Paris, it will offer athletes an optimal environment in which to train and complete their preparation before the competition. From the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, shuttles (several per day) will take them to the training site, i.e. a 20- to 30-minute journey.

Cutting edge outdoor and indoor facilities

INSEP has an athletics stadium covering all disciplines, with its track and several dedicated areas (specific installations for pole vaulters and throwers). The Halle Maigrot has a 340-metre indoor track as well as specific areas for all jumping events. Finally, athletes will have access to a weight training area, as well as spa facilities (ice baths) and a treatment room. A physiotherapy area will also be available.

Thanks to a renovation policy started in 2007, in 2020, INSEP will offer advanced infrastructures adapted to the highest levels of requirement.

A site acclaimed by top athletes
Created in 1945, INSEP is an institute dedicated to sporting excellence. In addition to its facilities, the establishment also offers services to support some 730 high-level athletes from the 28 French sporting fields, as well as their trainers, in their search for performance. INSEP hosted 56% of French medal winners at the 2012 London Olympic Games … but also 75 training courses for foreign delegations (42 countries) in 2015. The institute has 300 employees, including 20 researchers, 52 teachers and 80 members of the medical and paramedical staff.

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