Since the creation of the department, sport and leisure in Seine-Saint-Denis go well together ! In its parks, on bike paths or its countless sports fields, sports enthusiasts of all ages and levels work out tirelessly. Participation in sports, leisure, amusement activities sometimes produce outstanding sports men and women.
The older ones will remember great evenings spent with the athletic star in CA Montreuil, Michel Jazy (a former French middle-distance and long-distance runner). He won the silver medal for the 1500 meters at the 1960 Summer Olympics. The success of the handball players in Gagny, those night-time matches at Bauer Stadium in Saint-Ouen with the Red Star, the Dorigo brothers basketball players and their club Alsace de Bagnolet…
Closer to us, and to continue evoking famous siblings, the performances of Tiozzo (boxing), Guénot (wrestling) are still in all our memories, as is the woman’s 4 x 100m relay race, world champions 2003 in Saint-Denis. The four French winners started out in the Seine Saint Denis department.
Some young champions from Seine-Saint-Denis were present for the London 2012 Olympic games. Many athletes, talented coaches, champions, famous sports fields, tracks, halls and swimming pools, have become legendary in the history of sports and the legendary jewel of the whole is the famous stadium: Stade de France. Seine-Saint-Denis proudly wears the colours in sport.
Swimming pools, golf courses, climbing sites, horse riding centres, accro-branch courses, Zodiac trips, helicopter rides, Seine-Saint-Denis hosts a wide array of activities to do on your own or with colleagues, friends and family. The territory features many tracks to discover and explore on bikes, roller-blades or while jogging. It is also possible to enjoy skating, hockey or simply to try out the skating rinks at Neuilly-sur-Marne or Saint-Ouen.
It is also the region where some of the biggest sporting events are organized at Stade de France: the FIFA World Cup 1998, the 2003 athletics world championships, the Rugby world cup in 2007, the Euro 2016. It also hosts many other well-known national (french league cup and french football cup finales) and international events.
Many outdoor activities are available, rollerblading, vélib' or cycling along the numerous cycling paths or accro-branch for the more adventurous. Why not try golf at Rosny sous Bois or Livry Gargan in Seine Saint Denis. Water sport lovers can enjoy canoeing and kayak in Sevran throughout the year.
A covered riding ground, riding arenas and outdoor riding trails: several riding clubs are located close to Paris: the equestrian Center Porte de la Villette, the place for riders of all levels from children to adults. There are equestrian (horse-riding) clubs in Seine-Saint-Denis :
Many riding clubs offer short rides on ponies or Shetlands every Sunday afternoon or short riding courses during school holidays.