European Heritage Days 2020 at Paris YMCA Union

Published by Anne-christine C. · Published on 24 August 2020 at 17h17 · Updated on 14 September 2020 at 22h29
For the 37th edition of European Heritage Days, we propose you to score baskets in the oldest basket venue in the world. How about that? If you fancy so, head to the YMCA Union student residence in Paris on September 19 and 20, 2020. And you can even discover an exhibition on basketball and women, how great!

Michael Jordan fans can go and score baskets in the world's oldest basketball hall. For the 37th edition of European Heritage Days, the UCJG association’s gymnasium, the YMCA Union de Paris  opens to the public. This is here than in 1893 the first basketball game in Europe took place. Meet in Paris 9th arrondissement on September 19 and 20, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to enter these fantastic sport facilities. And do not forget to discover the "Le Jeu favori de ces jeunes filles" [These young ladies' favorite game] exhibition.

The "Le jeu favori de ces jeunes filles" exhibition reminds us that from 1892, girls took over this new sport created to avoid violent contacts and improve team spirit in a teaching way. Created based on remarkable pieces from the first years of basketball, the exhibition focuses on female basket and how it is represented.

For the record, the gym has been used as Eddy de Pretto's Normal videoclip background.

For the story, YMCA Union Paris is a student residence and an activity center inaugurated in 1893. This gymnasium shows with its architecture “the innovative teaching skills of the YMCA in the fields related to the body, the soul and the spirit” in order to “favor the social insertion and the thriving of the young people”. A sport center also listed as historic monument for “the originality and rarity of the program of this social, teaching and sport premise inspired by the YMCA’s American models”.

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020



    14 Rue de Trévise
    75009 Paris 9

    Métro ligne 7 station "Cadet", ligne 8 et 9 station "Grands Boulevards"


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