||Caen, the capital of Calvados, has been given the title of France’s most sporting city. One tenth of its surface area is given over to sport and relaxation of one kind or another.
And that’s not all ! One resident in 3 does some sort of sporting activity. With nearly 120 km of beaches, Calvados is a paradise for wind sports ranging from yachting to kite surfing and sand yachting.
In 2009 : 154,807 members of national sports federations (i.e. 1 resident in 4), 1,714 sports clubs, 4,900 km signposted paths for ramblers or mountain bikers, 3,744 km rivers for angling or canoeing.
Enviable sports facilities
- Michel d’Ornano stadium in Caen (capacity : 21,500) with F.I.F.A. approval
- Mondeville sports hall (capacity : 1,000).
- 8 sailing schools, including 2 watersports resorts with the “ France Station Nautique” quality label and a centre in Ouistreham where future hopefuls train for major international sailing competitions such as the Olympic Games.
- 60 riding schools, 8 racecourses (Calvados is the county with the highest number in France)
- 12 golf courses
- Bungee jumping centre – unique of its kind in Europe – at the Souleuvre Viaduct
Yearlong calendar of events
- 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
- 2014 Canoe Polo World Championships
- National and international show jumping competitions (CSI) in Caen (October) and Deauville (June)
- World Polo Championships in Deauville (August)
- Caen Freedom Marathon (June)
- Cross-Channel yacht race leaving from Ouistreham (May)
- Normandy Marathon (Honfleur to Le Havre, in October)
- Bayeux running races
- Mondeville athletics meeting (January)
- Lisieux cycle race (July)
- Francesco Moser national mountain bike race in Normandy’s Little Switzerland (October)
- Ligue 1, French professionnal football championship
|7th edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games
||In 2014, Normandy and Calvados will organise the 7th edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games.
More than 60 nations, 900 riders and 850 horses are expected to provide almost 400, 000 spectators with equestrian competitions of the highest level.
Top teams and sports personalities
- Stade Malherbe de Caen football team (league 2)
- Mondeville women’s basketball team (women’s basketball league for the last 7 years, twice winner of the French championships, participation in European championships)
- Caen Rugby Club women’s team (French champions several times)
- Caen Hockey Club (winner of the French Cup in 1999)
- Thury-Harcourt kayak team (winners of the French Cup in 2002)
- Condé-sur-Noireau women’s football club (first division)
* Stars in many individual disciplines : Eric Levallois (member of the winning team in the 2002 world show jumping championship), Claire Pruvot (member of winning team in the world fleet regatta championship)
Nobody could possibly doubt our commitment to sport !