Besançon is a town that is resolutely centred on sports.
In 2019, Besançon was labelled an active and sporty town. This label honors initiatives, actions, sport-centred public policies and values the promotion of physical and sport activities of all kinds accessible to the largest number of people in a territory.
Besançon has been the home of one of the most successful French women’s handball teams - the ESBF - for several years. This year, the team will compete in the European Championships, coached by Raphaëlle Tervel and Sandrine Mariot-Delerce.
Besançon is also the home of the performance center of the continental team Groupama-FDJ. The team trains and supports 11 runners from 8 different countries and prepares them to become future talent.
The town of Besançon is represented at national level with its two handball teams, ESBF and GBDH, its two soccer teams that compete in the National 3 league, the Racing Besançon (RB) and Besançon Football (BF) and its basketball team, Besançon Avenir Comtois (BesAC).
When it comes to individual sports, Besançon is home to Reina-Flor Okra, 100m hurdles specialist, boxer Khedafi Djelkhir, Ghani Yalouz, one the the best French wrestlers, Emmanuel Brugvin, World Champion in Canoe / Kayak Slalom and Marlène Devillez, Three-time European Champion of Kayak Freestyle. There are also the trail runners Thibault Baronian, Sangé Sherpa and Manon Bohard, the mountain biker Julie Bresset, the para-cyclist Claude Thievent and many more.
Besançon is also the base of the Franche-Comté Judo Besançon club which has been on many podiums in national, European and world competitions, the national wrestling training center and the regional junior training academy for 7 sports: judo, athletics, canoe / kayak, road cycling, handball and tennis.