unique para sports training area for Paris 2024

The first stone for PRISME will be laid on 7 October 2022 in Bobigny. This unique space in Europe offers innovative equipment to accommodate para-athletes. Inaugurated in May 2024, it will be the most important Paralympic legacy of the Paris Games.

The first stone for “PRISME” was laid on October 7, 2022, on the eve of the Paralympic Day, which takes place in the Place de la Bastille in Paris (full article: 08/10: 1st Paralympic day, a taste of Paris 2024). The training site for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the capital’s inclusive sports reference centre, built at the La Motte stadium in Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis), will constitute the main Paralympic legacy of the Games. Work, which began in November 2021, was due to be completed in the first half of 2024, with a view to commissioning in May. The opening to the general public will take place after the Paris Games in October 2024.

Designed according to universal design

With a budget of 55 million euros, this facility, dedicated to the universal practice of sports, aims to be unique in Europe, both in terms of size (8,200 m2) and consideration for all disabilities, with trendy equipment. It was designed, in accordance with the rules of universal design, to accommodate all audiences (up to 2,000 users) in an inclusive logic, regardless of whether they are able-bodied or disabled, both for leisure activities and high-level events, also with the organization of national and international competitions. It was designed especially with the support of social and medico-social institutions in the area, local communities as well as sports and para-sports federations.

A state-of-the-art sports center

The sports center includes two multi-sports halls (with a specific reception for the public who want to develop in a protected environment), a climbing wall, a gun room with six lanes that can accommodate archery or a virtual throwing area. Several rooms will also be dedicated to practicing boccia (boules sport related to pétanque), dance and bodybuilding. Other specific facilities: a safe mobility room for people with multiple disabilities and “alcoves of cognitive discharges”, in other words, fallback spaces. A video game room will make it possible to “entering eSports in the landscape of the Games, explains Joris Delivré, head of the Paralympic and Prisme project in the departmental council in 93. It is the only sport that from the start allows a real inclusion in its practice, because it requires no adaptation other than the control levers. »

2 other innovative rooms

Two other rooms complete this system. First and foremost, a medical and research center that includes a research, development and educational innovation platform; a physiotherapy, care, recovery and rehabilitation platform; a space consisting of power platforms; a balneotherapy area and two medical offices. Finally, the Resource Center will house offices dedicated to federations and researchers, a resource room provided by federations and Sorbonne Paris Nord University, as well as rooms dedicated to hosting training courses and seminars. Le Prisme will thus support the work of discovering and training future French Paralympic talent in collaboration with the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF).

Stéphane Troussel, president of the departmental council of Seine-Saint-Denis, says to himself “convinced that the 2024 Games will allow an even greater popularization and initiation of para sports”.

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