Located in the North of France, the Urban Community of Dunkirk (UCD) is a sporting region with plenty going for it: within a European crossroads (England, Belgium, the Netherlands, France), near the Paris region (1hr30 to 2hr on average), equipped with modern infrastructure and meeting the standards of high-level sports practice. The Urban Community of Dunkirk Games Preparation Centre can boast unprecedented experience. In 2012, in connection with the "Biggest Playground" project, a base for Olympic and Paralympic preparation, the UCD hosted 100 events within its region, including 68 team preparation events and 32 sporting events. 15 sports facilities in the region had also been certified by the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), proof of the importance of the region’s infrastructure. Today, the Urban Community of Dunkirk is once again applying to host Olympic and Paralympic delegations, based on facilities that have already been used, as well as integrating new structural resources which have since been built. The region is serious about sport but, above all, competent in welcoming high-level athletes who will find, within the Urban Community of Dunkirk, all the tools necessary to research and improve their performance. Renowned for the quality of its accommodation and catering, well known for its attractiveness and tourist assets, our region can fully meet the expectations of delegations who want to combine quality training at reduced cost.
The ideal geographical location for easy travel to Paris.
Expertise in hosting delegations recognised by official bodies (CNOSF, sports federations, etc).
Previous large-scale experience with positive feedback from Olympic and Paralympic athletes from all over the world who came to train in our region!
Direct proximity to another preparation centre also located on the UCD perimeter: that of Gravelines.
An attractive region as highlighted by many tourism, media, political and even cinematographic players!
A less significant financial impact for preparatory training, compared to large French metropolises, in a region directly by the sea.
Logistics & medical arrangements and top-quality security for delegations.
As part of preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games:
- 426 events over 6 years for a total 986 teams hosted out of a total of 2479 preparatory events for the entire “Biggest Playground” project (Olympic and Paralympic preparation base) including 100 events within the UCD perimeter alone, covering 68 team events and 32 preparatory meetings.
- A convincing result of 40 Olympic medals (12 gold, 13 silver, 15 bronze) for athletes who came to train in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, including 8 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze for those who came specifically to the UCD region!
45 Paralympic medals for athletes who came to train at the facilities of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region!
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