A town standing at the gateway to Paris, surrounded by a unique 3,500-hectare forest and equipped with high-level sporting infrastructures, offers an exceptional environment for your training camps preparatory to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Easily accessible, a land between town and countryside
Located 20kms from Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye is easily accessible by road or by public transport. Thanks to the RER A and the Transilien L suburban rail services, the Olympic installations in the centre of Paris are less than 30 minutes away. Saint-Germain-en-Laye is served by around twenty bus routes and this offer will be completed by the Tram 13 Express from 2021.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye benefits from a superior living environment, in the heart of a preserved natural setting. It is well-known for its green open spaces, including its forest which attracts over three million visitors per year. Combining the advantages of town and natural surroundings, Saint-Germain-en-Laye offers a peaceful and soothing living environment close to Paris, ideal for preparing the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The national forest in figures
- 3,500 hectares = 10 times Central Park in New York
- 54 kms of marked walking trails
- 70 kms bridle paths
- 3 cycle paths
Several hundreds of kilometres of accessible forest tracks and paths.
First rate sporting infrastructures
Saint-Germain-en-Laye has long-standing links with sport, well-known as the birthplace of one of the greatest French football teams: Paris Saint-Germain. The town also excels in other disciplines such as field hockey and swimming, which are fortunate enough to benefit from the availability of top-level sporting facilities.
The Camp des Loges (Paris Saint-Germain) at the disposal of football teams
The PSG training camp is considered one of the best in the world. With a total surface area of 2.8 hectares, it offers 24,000 m2 of top-level pitches and many facilities for high-level athletes with a balneotherapy area, a treatment room and a weights room.
A 50m swimming pool for water sports (swimming, paralympic swimming and water-polo)
Renovated in 2019, the Saint-Germain-en-Laye Olympic swimming pool - Le Dôme – is now truly a showcase for all aquatic sports. Swimmers and polo players are able to make the most of the three pools, the exercise area and the spa area. The swimming pool regularly hosts national and international competitions and also offers an outside pool for use in the summer season.
A sports complex at the Georges-Lefèvre stadium (field hockey, football, rugby 7 and beach volleyball)
Covering an area of 12 hectares, the stadium is located in the heart of the Saint-Germain forest, opposite the Camp des Loges. Accessible by public transport, and close to all commodities, this multi-sports complex offers many advantages:
- 5 football pitches (3 synthetic pitches and 2 grass pitches)
- 1 dedicated grass pitch for goalkeeper training
- 1 synthetic pitch for rugby, renovated in 2018
- 1 wet synthetic field hockey pitch
- 1 synthetic sand field hockey pitch
- 21 tennis courts, including 4 covered
- 1 400-metre athletics track
- 1 beach volleyball field
Fencing and wheelchair fencing at the Lavandières gymnasium
Saint-Germain-en-Laye has a strong and special relationship with the sport of fencing since the town’s fencing club offers an introduction to all three of the discipline’s weapons: foil, epee and sabre. This is the premier six weapon club in the Yvelines (men and women). In preparation for the Paris 2024 Games, teams are able to train in the Lavandières gymnasium in a hall of nearly 1 300 m2 with stands for up to 400 spectators.
Recently renovated sports facilities
All of Saint-Germain-en-Laye’s sports infrastructures have been recently renovated, like the Olympic pool (2019) or the rugby pitch (2018). The field hockey pitch (2019) is equipped with the latest Polytan coating, the first such use in France and the same as will be used at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Sporting achievements of Saint-Germain-en-Laye
- Paris Saint Germain (football)
7 times French championship winners, 14 French Cups (12 men's titles, 2 women's), 8 League Cups, 1 European Cup Winners'Cup
- Saint-Germain-en-Laye (hockey club)
8 times French championship winners (6 men's titles, 2 women's), 2 French Cups (2 men's titles)
- Cercle des nageurs de l'ouest (swimming club)
35th French club of 1 600, 9th club of the Ile-de-France region (2012), 2nd club in the Yvelines department.
6 French national records and 32 Yvelines records thanks to a promising young generation.
Luxury hotels and innovative medical facilities
As well as top-class sports facilities, Saint-Germain-en-Laye offers a complete range of facilities and services to meet the expectations of an Olympic team.
The town has two well-known hospitals, including the Intercommunal Hospital which has made a speciality out of sports medicine. With eight treatment centres and a complete technological platform, it is the largest medical centre in the Yvelines department.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye also has a number of top-of-the-range hotels (3 4-star hotels, 2 3-star hotels) which offer high quality catering services.
An international town with a rich cultural heritage
Being based in Saint-Germain-en-Laye in preparing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is to discover a town with an international dimension, where some of the most beautiful pages of the history of France were written.
Of Saint-Germain-en-Laye’s 46,000 inhabitants, 5,000 are expatriates and 12% of Saint-Germain’s residents are of foreign origin - that is to say twice the national average number. The town is firmly open to the world, with 14 national languages taught at the Lycée International, some of them at primary and middle school level, and is twinned with towns in Germany, in Scotland, the USA, in Poland and in Morocco. Many school exchange trips are organised abroad, to teach the universality of cultures from the youngest age.
This international tradition has been inherited from the town’s royal past, since the history of Saint-Germain-en-Laye has long been linked to its castle, residence of the kings of France until Louis XIV. Now it is home to the National Archaeological Museum and is surrounded by a park, the terrace of which offers an exceptional view over Paris and the west of the city.
A message from the Mayor
“Historically linked to sport, our town has always worked at a fundamental level to promote high-level sport, but also to encourage and support the practice of sport by the greatest number of people. The inhabitants of Saint-Germain and I are very proud of our town and aware of its undeniable assets to attract foreign teams wishing to prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I assure you of our commitment and welcome you to Saint-Germain-en-Laye to start a great Olympic adventure together!”