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Australian Institute of Sport

AIS European Training Centre

A ‘home away from home’ for Australian Sport

Given that there is a vast distance between Australia and Europe, the expense of travel and accommodation has been a barrier to European training and competition.

The Province of Varese has good climatic conditions and has good access to a range of competition venues and sporting facilities.

"Great facility, location and staff. Our training camp was a great success" 

Sandy Brondello - Australian Senior Women’s Basketball Head Coach

AIS European Training Centre Facilities & Services

The AIS European Training Centre offers accommodation, training facilities and services to support visiting Australian athletes and support staff. These services and facilities, which are accessible for athletes and staff with a disability, include:

25 ensuite bedrooms with two beds per room with weekly servicing [includes seven wheelchair accessible rooms]. Single and twin hotel accommodation is also available adjacent to ETC at Sunset Hotel.

Dining Hall, local onsite catering

An AIS Sport Nutrition approved food service program

Strength and conditioning gym

Hot and cold recovery pools

Physical therapy and medical support (during peak season for Australian high performance athletes)

Sports medicine consulting rooms for team doctors

Sports science laboratory

Media room

Free Wi-Fi

TV room

Bulk storage for boats and equipment


Self-catering kitchen

Games room and chill out zone

Physiotherapy and Massage area

Quiet (study) room

Team administration offices and meeting rooms

Conference facilities

On-site centre administration support, including coordination of training/competition venues

Coordination of self-drive vehicles for travel locally to and from venues

Training and competition facilities in the Province of Varese

A number of these facilities are owned by the Province of Varese and form the basis of the cooperation arrangement with Sport Australia, while others are commercially owned and operated. Further to the following list, additional sports could be catered for.

Archery range

Athletics track (incl. pole vault, high jump and long jump)

Basketball halls (wheelchair accessible)

Beach volleyball

Canoe/kayak courses

Combat sports halls

Cycling (road, BMX and mountain)

Football pitches

Golf courses

Ice hockey and skating rinks

Multiuse playing fields, including synthetic fields

Rowing courses

Running/ race walking paths and trails

Rugby oval

Sailing facilities

Shooting range

Swimming pool (25m)

Table tennis

Triathlon training courses

Tennis courts

Volleyball halls

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