A city of sports
With state-of-the-art facilities located throughout the area, Greater Nancy provides 600 clubs, 52,000 members, associations, students, schoolchildren and the general public the opportunity to enjoy sport and leisure activities all day every day in quality surroundings.
Greater Nancy buzzes with excitement on match days in its large sports facilities:
- the Palais des Sports Jean Weille receives around 100,000 spectators every year during SLUC Nancy Basket and Nancy Handball games,
- the Marcel Picot stadium plays host to over 230,000 spectators during ASNL matches,
- the Parc des Sports de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, in addition to training sessions and games of two pro clubs, welcomes schoolchildren and associations, as well as various sporting events: gymnastics, volleyball, fencing, badminton, taekwondo, boxing, martial arts, dance, etc.
The sports facility provision also includes the Raymond Petit stadium which offers a well-maintained environment for athletes to train in; COSEC de Tomblaine; the Aiguillettes sports complex (athletics with throwing zone, handball, basketball, tennis, two multisport pitches); Golf du Grand Nancy in Pulnoy, Malzéville aerodrome, equestrian centres in Brabois and Ludres, Parc de Ludres mountain biking and a water sports centre, which is home to France’s rowing club and canoeing club.
Lastly, Greater Nancy hosts major sporting events every year, such as the Greater Nancy Half Marathon, Meeting Stanislas and, most recently, the Tour de France. It has been awarded “Land of the 2024 Games” certification and therefore joins the ranks of other French communities which are fully committed to the Paris Olympic Games and will contribute to its dynamics.
With five swimming pools in the region (excluding Nancy Thermal), Aqua Pôle provides a diverse offering in the local area. Gradually refurbished in recent years and one of the top complexes in France to be awarded the ”Tourism and disability” certification which offers assurances in terms of accessibility to people with a disability.
In terms of the target market, particular emphasis is placed on welcoming primary school pupils with a timetable designed to give them the opportunity to learn how to swim, which is compulsory at secondary school. In conjunction with clubs and associations, Aqua Pôle also offers lots of activities for babies through to senior citizens including swimming, water aerobics, swimming with flippers and much more. These highlights attract almost one million users every year.
In addition to these facilities, during the summer months, there is another attraction that is free to visit: the Plage des Deux Rives. This location provides 40,000 m² of natural space dedicated to relaxation and leisure to make the most of the warmer weather. What to expect: parasols, deckchairs, food and drink, sports and cultural activities, flora and fauna, and also swimming thanks to the installation of aboveground pools for young and old alike.
Combining sport and culture
To vary the enjoyment while out jogging or on a Sunday stroll, the Jooks app gives runners and walkers the chance to find out more about the heritage of Greater Nancy, through four suggested routes, including the west of Nancy comprising the Art nouveau area of Nancy Thermal. How does it work? Set off on your run (or walk), follow the GPS voice prompts while enjoying anecdotes about the landmarks you pass on the way.
The app is free and available (in six languages) on iOS and Android.