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Rabelais centre & Gérard Galland Weightlifting room

Commune de Tours

Tours, Centre-Val de Loire Altitude : 67m
1 Gymnasium
1 Weightlifting gym

Centre disciplines

Table tennis Para table tennis Weightlifting


Located in West Tours, not far from:

  • Tours Val de Loire Airport (8.5km – 18 minutes away)
  • Tours train station (3.4km – 15 minutes away; shuttle to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps TGV train station)
  • Bus – no. 4
  In terms of catering, there are three options on-site or nearby:
  • Food court at Salle Rabelais,
  • Panoramic area at Tonnellé stadium,
  • Choice of restaurants 2km away, i.e. 5 minutes.
  Although there is no accommodation on-site, hospitality options can be found within a 3km radius, so 3 to 8 minutes away.

Special features

The centre is located within easy reach of the city centre, an advantage for delegations.

Boasting a main pitch, Tonnelé stadium lies in the middle of these two sports venues.

Known for

Gérard Galland Weightlifting room

The site is home to the Union Sportif Tours Haltérophilie club, which competes at National 2 level.


Espacio Rabelais

This venue dedicated to table tennis tournaments at competition level is ranked nationally, which allows the City of Tours to host a range of French Championships organised by the French Table Tennis Federation.

From 1984 to 1986 the Club hosted Jean-Philippe Gatien, French table tennis player, silver medallist at the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics and world champion in the 1993 men’s singles in Göteborg, as well as 13-times French champion.

2 international matches were played at the Tours site with the France/Italy women’s qualifier for the European TT championships in 2016.

An iconic table tennis venue in Tours, Espace Rabelais is home to the 4STOURS Club which plays in the French Men’s PRO B Championship.

The club has been French Champion thanks to its youth team, has won a score of national individual titles, has been crowned Vice-Champion of France in the Nationale 1 and has played in the first Division and Men’s Pro B since 2017.

The young player Lilian Bardet, a medal-winning junior at European level, French Champion in 2018 and ranked no.12 in the world in the U18 category, is one of the club’s and table tennis’ hopefuls for the 2024 Olympics.

The Centre Val de Loire Regional Youth Academies (Pôles France Jeunes et Espoirs) for table tennis are also based in Tours.

The sport is also played in another facility at the Corneille sports hall in Tours, which houses the Pôle Espoir Centre Val de Loire, Pôle France Jeunes.

Optional extras

Internet access Equipment available for private use Infirmery Floodlit facilities Hospital nearby Weights room Meeting room Secure storage area Relaxation room

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