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]
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
Bulk storage for boats and equipment
Games room and chill out zone
Physiotherapy and Massage area
Quiet (study) room
Team administration offices and meeting rooms
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 and shooting range
Athletics track (incl. pole vault, high jump and long jump)
Basketball halls (wheelchair accessible)
Combat sports halls
Cycling (road, BMX and mountain)
Ice hockey and skating rinks
Multiuse playing fields, including synthetic fields
Running/ race walking paths and trails
Swimming pool (25m)
Triathlon training courses