Michel Vautrot Sports Complex

The weightlifting Games preparation centre at the Michel Vautrot sports complex in the Malcombe park regularly welcomes top-level athletes, offering them the ideal training conditions to perform at their best.

The weightlifting facility is divided into three areas – weightlifting platforms, weights area, cardio-training area – and includes a 40 x 20 m sports hall as well as a multi-purpose room, which can be used for briefings, physiotherapy, or mental preparation. The above areas are, in turn, further divided into specific areas, based on an optimal strength, cardio, and dynamic training logic. The apparatus and equipment are of the highest quality and perfectly adapted to athletes’ requirements. All the equipment is adjustable according to needs. After training sessions, the weightlifters can relax and recover fully thanks to the on-site sauna and ice baths. The sports hall is also equipped for para powerlifting athlete preparation.

David Hercule Matam and his brother Bernardin both trained at this location when preparing for major international competitions. The centre also hosted the 2015 French inter-club championships.

Spread over several acres, the Michel Vautrot sports complex is the largest in Besançon. It is located right next to a lovely, quiet, leafy park, which can be used by athletes as a warm up or recovery area, and will give them a feeling of being in the great outdoors. Near to the city centre, it is easy to get to by tram and by car, thanks to a free and secure car park.

Besançon is home to all kinds of sport, especially weightlifting. The La Française de Besançon weightlifting club, which has nurtured several international-level athletes, bears witness to what can be achieved with top-level equipment tailored to all athletes.

Local Olympic athletes

  • David Hercule Matam Took part in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London respectively.
  • Bernardin Kingue Matam Took part in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games in London and Rio respectively.

In brief

  • 3 training areas
  • Approved apparatus and equipment
  • 40 x 20 m sports hall
  • Sauna, ice baths
  • Briefing, physiotherapy and relaxation room
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David Matam

A Besançon weightlifter, then president of the “La Française” Besançon club. He has represented France in the Olympics 3 times, as an athlete (2004, 2008, 2012) and since 2016 has been part of the French national coaching staff.

Accompanying services

  • Transfers for riders and their equipment, from the airport to Besançon, and from Besançon to Olympic venues.
  • Vehicles on hand to transport athletes and equipment throughout their stay.
  • A liaison officer will accompany your team and be on hand 24/7 to help coordinate the logistics of your stay in Besançon.

Selection of accommodation nearby

Hôtel Campanile
Hôtel Ibis La City
Hôtel Mercure

Michel Vautrot Sports Complex : Hôtel Campanile = 5Km / Hôtel Ibis La City = 3,6Km / Hôtel Mercure = 6Km

Recovery center & tailor-made medical services

Prepare physically for the Games stress-free, knowing you have access to an unrivalled preparation and recovery facility: the sport performance optimisation centre, or COPS, and its hypoxic rooms. If an injury occurs, a multidisciplinary hospital team is on hand to provide the care you need!

Diverse range of accommodation & close by equipment

At Besançon, enjoy the same high-quality accommodation and level of service as in other large cities, but at a far more reasonable price. And as the city is compact, your hotel will only be 15 minutes away from your training centre at most, making the commute stress-free

On-demand services

By choosing Besançon to prepare for the Games, you can concentrate all your energy on physical and mental preparation. Our welcome team will take care of the rest – airport transfers, transporting staff and equipment, providing language support – making sure you use your preparation time to the full and obtain that medal you came to win.

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