Photograph © INSEP – Isabelle AMAUDRY

The French Institute of Sport (INSEP) is a public institution under the administration of the Ministry for Sports. Established in 1945, it is both a benchmark elite Olympic and Paralympic training centre as well as a powerful voice in elite sport policy in France.

Through its unique, modern infrastructure located within an exceptional 28-hectare campus in the heart of the Bois de Vincennes in Paris, INSEP supports outstanding sporting performance in all its forms for elite athletes competing in all sports. The institute offers innovative support and individually tailored training programmes, medical care, research, psychological support as well as training and professional reorientation. Every day, athletes’ programmes are studied, remodelled and improved through the commitment, motivation and availability of all those working at INSEP. Each year, the institute reiterates its goal of optimising all areas to maximise the achievement of French athletes, enabling them to reach the top of the podium.

Scientific expertise plays a crucial role in the institute project. The research conducted at INSEP aims to develop and transfer knowledge with practical applications for sport performance stakeholders. Through its two labs and living partnerships, INSEP actively contributes to research development in the various areas of sport sciences (biomechanics, physiology, neurosciences, psychology, sociology, epidemiology and data science) dealing with elite sport in France and overseas.

Key figures

  • 18 RESIDENT SQUADS
  • 27 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC SPORTS
  • 800 ELITE ATHLETES of which 520 taken on for the year
  • 331 INTERNS including 123 between the ages of 14 and 18
  • 280 NATIONAL COACHES
  • 300 EMPLOYEES
  • 28 HECTARE CAMPUS
  • 100% SUCESS RATE AT THE FRENCH BAC EXAM for the class of 2020-2021
  • 38 MILLION EURO BUDGET
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