Dutch sports culture The Dutch think that it is important that everyone has a chance to participate in sports. That is why there are sporting activities available for all ages and abilities. Playing sports is not just a healthy activity, but it is also a social activity. Sport clubs and organisations regularly organise parties, gatherings and other social activities.

If you join a sport club, your level of fitness and skills do not matter. They accept all levels, from beginner to advanced. In fact, most sport clubs in the Netherlands are organised in such a way that there is plenty of room for recreational athletes to practice their sport. And if you are looking to practice a sport at a high(er) level, please reach out to the club and ask them about the possibilities.

There are two types of sport providers in the Netherlands:

  1. sportvereniging (sport clubs)

  2. commercial providers

The membership of a sport club is often less expensive than that of a commercial provider, since clubs are run by volunteers. The Board, the person behind the bar, and the trainer on the field, are often all volunteers. When you join a club, always ask whether they expect for you to volunteer or whether there is anything you can do for the club. With a commercial provider, you usually pay a bit more, but they will not expect you to volunteer.

You will find more information about sport clubs and sport facilities in Eindhoven at EindhovenSport.

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