PICTURES. The UCPA has opened a hybrid place in Paris between a youth hostel and a sports complex

The UCPA Sport Station in Paris combines a youth hostel and a sports multiplex. (© CD / news Paris)

After Meudon and Reims, the UCPAan association specializing in sports stays in France and abroad, has the very first Sports Station Hostel Bee Paris on June 13, 2022. This is a “ hybrid place which mixes youth hostel for young international travelers and a sports complex for the inhabitants of the area”, summarizes Frederic Carlierdirector of the center.

A sports multiplex of 3,000 m2

It is located in the heart of the “fertile Ilot”, the first carbon-free district of Paris, built on the former industrial wasteland of 19e district where the building is located.

The entrance to the UCPA Sport Station in Paris.
The entrance to the UCPA Sport Station in Paris. (© CD / news Paris)

Spacious and modern, the UCPA Sport Station in Paris houses a sports multiplex of 3000m2† In addition to padel, squash and badminton courts, a bouldering room and four fitness rooms (strength training, cross training, group lessons, etc.) complete the sports offer.

The first two indoor padel courts in Paris have been installed at the UCPA Sport Station.
The first two indoor padel courts in Paris have been installed at the Paris UCPA Sport Station. (© CD / news Paris)
The building has five squash courts.
The building has five squash courts, which can be reserved ad hoc or via arrangements. (© CD / news Paris)
The three badminton courts are laid out in a rather impressive space with a high ceiling.
The three badminton courts are laid out in a rather impressive space with a high ceiling. (© CD / news Paris)
The strength training room is upstairs.
The strength training room is upstairs. (© CD / news Paris)
A second gym is intended for cross training.
Another 140 m2 gym is intended for cross training. (© CD / news Paris)
The last gym is equipped for group lessons, mainly organized during the lunch break or at the end of the day.
The last gym is equipped for group classes (yoga, pilates, zumba, abs, buttocks, etc.), mainly organized during the lunch break or at the end of the day. (© CD / news Paris)
The bouldering room at the UCPA Sport Station in Paris.
The bouldering room at the UCPA Sport Station in Paris. (© CD / news Paris)

For racket sports it is possible to book a job ad hoc or to register at different packages† The principle is the same for the climbing room or fitness, although annual subscriptions are “more preferred” for the latter practice, according to Frédéric Carlier.

The layout of the complex, with a circular corridor through which you can ‘walk’ between all the rooms and grounds, responds to ‘a strong desire to decompartmentalize the spaces and the practice of sports”, explains Frédéric Carlier. “Once you enter this part of the building, you want to offer access to all sports. †

A 2500 m² youth hostel2

What makes the UCPA Sport Station in Paris atypical is the fact that the sports multiplex stands next to a 2500 m youth hostel2including 59 rooms spread over eight floors. There are rooms for two, with private toilet and bathroom, or dormitories for four or six people, with shared toilets and showers.

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A room for two at the UCPA Sport Station.
A room for two at the UCPA Sport Station. (© CD / news Paris)
In the dormitories for four or six people, the furniture was custom-made.
In the dormitories for four or six people, the furniture was custom-made. (© CD / news Paris)

It is necessary to count 99 € per night for a room for two, where “we offer a service comparable to the hotel industry, as when the customers arrive, the bed is made and towels are available,” explains the director of the center. For dormitories for four or six people, on the other hand, a “bedding package”, including sheets, duvet and pillow, is placed on the bed and the nightly costs €34.90

The bed furniture is made in these last rooms Specially made† “When we travel to a hostel, our main expectations relate to security and privacy,” reports Frédéric Carlier. That is why each bed has a lockable wardrobe with a padlock and you create your own privacy zone with a curtain. †

On the decoration side, if the whole thing remains quite sober, the design resumes sports codes while adding “touches” linked to tourism with frames reminiscent of the tourist sites of Paris.

A multicultural openness

This UCPA center is called “more than just an accommodation or a simple sports complex”, emphasizes Frédéric Carlier. That is a place to live where you can both exercise, but with a multicultural openness because we can exchange with international travelers. †

This “living space” is symbolized by the central common area, with a bar and restaurant, connecting the youth hostel area and the sports multiplex. Epicenter from the Sportstation, this place hosts several events every evening to “encourage encounters”.

The common area of ​​the hostel and the sports complex.
The common area of ​​the hostel and the sports complex. (© CD / news Paris)

Since the UCPA association has traditionally focused on outdoor sports, with seaside and mountain stays, “it was important to host hostel guests, who came exclusively to discover Paris, to gates sports activities other than those offered in the complex,” continues the director of the center.

This way they can discover Paris by bike from the center, take a walk on the 19e borough on a scooter or running on La Villette. These activities are each offered once a week and are supervised by: sports educators† Of the 45 employees recruited at the site, the center has about fifteen.

A “very good start”

The UCPA Sport Station in Paris boasts a youth hostel occupancy rate of “90%”, less than a month after opening. “We have started very well,” proclaims Frédéric Carlier.

Located in a relevant, thriving district, we offer a financially and geographically accessible complex and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Parisian life, through meetings held here or through activities to discover Paris.

Frederic CarlierDirector of UCPA Sport Station Paris

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