Nantes: new gym in Bellevue in 2023, sports clubs impatient

The future Bellevue Gymnasium is due to open in September 2023.  It will be located on Romane Boulevard, opposite the Jamet stop on line 1.
The future Bellevue Gymnasium is due to open in September 2023. It will be located on Romane Boulevard, opposite the Jamet stop on line 1. (© City Hall of Nantes)

“One was needed and it must happen,” says Abdelaziz Takharfounder and president of an association for education through urban sports, C’West double dutch (skipping rope sport).

This Wednesday, March 23, 2022, he and other managers of sports clubs in Bellevue in Nantes attended the installation of the area’s first future gym, located on Romane boulevard, opposite the Jamet stop on line 1. Work began at the beginning of the year.

“It’s always hard to have slots”

Planned for the start of the 2023 academic yearthis is new equipment 2000 m² on three levels should benefit the area, which lacks space for various sports.

Getting slots is always difficult. We share a gym [Jean Zay, Ndlr] with boxing. Several events are being held at the same time. We must be careful not to interfere with the other in his practice. And in our slots sometimes there are several levels.

Abdelaziz TakharFounder of C’West Double Dutch

It’s the same with the boxing club. Sometimes the course has 50 children.recalls Ali Reba, sports assistant of the city of Nantes, who participated in the laying of the first stone.

“We hope to have more standard slots”

Other clubs would also like to have slots at the start of the day. Traditional judo lessons run by Satori Nantes are from 20:00 to 22:00 on Fridays and from 20:30 to 22:00 on Tuesdays. Knowing that one of their courses are mixed parents and their children.

The Bellevue Gym has been under construction since early 2022.  Its area will be 2000 m2.
The Bellevue Gym has been under construction since early 2022. Its area will be 2000 m2. (@Farah Sadallah/News Nantes)

“We hope there will be more standard slots in the evening from 18:00 to 20:00,” hopes Camille Gourmelin, founder of the club with his son Emmanuel Gourmelin. Together they opened the only traditional judo club in Nantes.

Is Jamet’s room in Bellevue dilapidated?

The latter are involved in sports Hall Jamet in Bellevue. But over the years it would have fallen into disrepair, according to the dancer Delphine Jarnu. At the head of Dance’n co, in this room she has been creating jazz shows for 25 years. “This gym is getting old,” she says. We are looking forward to something new. »

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And they will have it. This new equipment should significantly improve practice conditions, allowing development of new disciplinesaccording to the city of Nantes.

Six sports halls with an area of ​​more than 1180 m2

With a total cost 6.25 million eurosThe future Bellevue Gymnasium will offer six gymnasiums over 1180 m2, including one for boxing (280 m2)one with a dojo (400 m2), two dance halls (150 m2 each)room for group classes (70 m2) and gym (130 m2).

In addition, the new gym will be equipped with sports facilities, a reception area and technical rooms. In general, the space will be scalable, mixed and Accessible for people with reduced mobility.

This equipment is not designed the way we designed sports equipment in accordance with sports federations, in accordance with the logic of masculinity and efficiency. There it is for all men, women of all social classes, valid or not. It is available to everyone. And it is also planned that everyone coexist within this equipment of social cohesion and meeting.

Louise PahunSports Assistant at Loire-Atlantique

“There is a lot of demand”

Thus, in addition to C’West double dutch, Nantes Bellevue Boxe and Dance’n co, the facility will have Bellevue sportswearHB2, Jamet Sporting Clubschools and sports associations with light gyms such as Voluntary Gymnastics Association of Shantenay daily.

And some clubs already know what rooms and slots they would like to have. C’West President Twice Surprised if he can get what he wants.

We would like to have a multifunctional hall and a dance hall. We work a lot on acrobatics [avec le breakdance, Ndlr]so we’ll figure it out. But there is a lot of demand. Not sure if we have a niche for one of the rooms to work on acrobatics.

Abdelaziz TakharFounder of C’West Double Dutch

New courses for the future gymnasium

That’s why the city especially guaranteed free 28:30 weekly slots in multidisciplinary gymnasiums of the district, in favor of other disciplines.

This new facility is part of the larger Grand Bellevue project, which aims to renovate the area and make it more attractive.
This new facility is part of the larger Grand Bellevue project, which aims to renovate the area and make it more attractive. (© City Hall of Nantes)

With these new offerings, sports clubs have taken the opportunity to develop their sports practices and create new courses. “We will focus on health practiceto meditation to concentration. We would like to practice tai chi for concentration in a multifunctional hall or dance hall of new equipment,” wishes the president of C’West double Dutch.

Launched two years ago, it was put on hold during Covid-19.

A traditional judo club is also planned to open a new course for “people physically damaged by life”. Launched two years ago, it was put on hold during the health crisis.

“This practice aims to get to know each other better, make movement to restore. It comes from the basics of judo. It was created in an environment where the Japanese were humiliated during the war. It is used to teach us to get up (…) out of envy,” explains director Emmanuel Gourmelin.

See you in September 2023.

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