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Communauté d'Agglomération Villefranche Beaujolais Saône

Arnas, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Altitude : 185m
1 Stadium
1 Gymnasium
2 Sport climbing hall

Centre disciplines

Rugby Handball Basketball Wheelchair basketball Wheelchair rugby Sport climbing


The preparation center the Escale in Arnas is ideally located in regards with access to the various sites of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and offers a great opportunity to get prepared in a place of excellence. The Escale is located : 5 min from the A6 motorway exit and close to the A43 and A89 motorways. 2 high-speed train stations: (Mâcon-Loché TGV 30 minutes North and Lyon 45 minutes South) (2 hours travel to Paris) 2 airports: Lyon Saint Exupéry 40 min and Geneva 1h45. (50 minutes flights to Paris). In the heart of the Beaujolais region and in a natural setting, the Escale is ecological equipment and a living place suitable for high-level sport. The Beaujolais region has been awarded as a Unesco labelled Global Geopark , allowing natural landscape experiences as well as a unique playground  for athletes. This quiet environment allows you to train and focus on upcoming competitions. After training, athletes are invited to discover local heritage. In 2019, the CAVBS has been awarded with the “art and history places” label. The entire site is accessible to people with disabilities. Access to the site will be secured. This 25-hectare preparation center is composed of a rugby complex and an additional multi sports complex including a climbing hall. The CAVBS has joined forces with the municipality of Anse (Sports Hall) as for climbing facilities. The quality and complementarity of both artificial climbing structures provides a complete offer.   For more information:

Special features

The training center “The Escale” enables various sports in one facility.

The CAVBS also owns an aquatic Centre 10 min from the preparation center, offering a sport and leisure aquatic area and a relaxing area (whirlpools, hammam and sauna).

All accommodation and food services for all budgets in a 15 minutes drive from the Escale preparation center or the Anse Sports Hall (for climbing).

A high range hospital (Hôpital Nord Ouest) 5 minutes away.

Known for

The Escale preparation centre and the Anse Sports Hall have hosted national and international events since 2007 (creation) and 2010 (extension):

The Escale:

Rugby World Cup base camp hosting the Georgian National Team in 2007

International Group Skating Championship 2011

International Beaujolais Marathon: departure spot of the half-marathon until 2015

French Junior Fencing Championship 2015

French Gymnastics Championship 2016

French Handibasket Championship 2016

Qualification phases European Championship Ultimate clubs 2016

International Rugby match France VS Wales ( under 18 year old) 2017

French Handi-climbing Championship 2018

French Senior Table Tennis Championship 2020


Anse Sport climbing rooms :

Host of the French speed climbing team 2021

2021 Speed Climbing French Cup

Optional extras

Meeting room Internet access Equipment available for private use Secure storage area Infirmery Floodlit facilities International airport nearby Hospital nearby Physiotherapy room Weights room Film screening room Relaxation room Ice bath Standard competition wheelchairs provided Vehicle hire service Adapted vehicle hire service

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