Sports

The Netherlands prides itself on being a sporting nation and if you want to get some exercise, you will surely find what you are looking for. In the South Netherlands, you can indulge in over 70 different sports, in either an active or a recreational way, within a club, or individually. Apart from that, there are several professional sports clubs in this region. 

 

Indoor Sports 

  • Voetbal (football/soccer) is played both indoors and outdoors. Although the indoor variant is played on a smaller field with slightly different rules, it is ideal for winter!
  • In the Netherlands, people love to play basketball although it is not as popular as it is in the United States. Every city does have its own basketball community.
  • Fitness is a very popular sport in the Netherlands. There are gyms everywhere, and larger companies often have sports facilities for their employees.
  • There are many indoor ice-skating rinks in the Netherlands. 
  • Badminton is not a very well-known sport in the Netherlands, although quite a lot of people play it and there are sports halls that have badminton facilities.

Outdoor sports 

  • Honkbal (Baseball) is not very popular in the Netherlands, but there are a few baseball clubs.     
  • Cricket is not very popular in the Netherlands, but is popular among expats, which is why a lot of the club websites are in English!
  • Golf is growing increasingly popular in the Netherlands. There are more and more golf clubs coming up.
  • Hockey is another popular sport in the Netherlands, and you will therefore find a hockey club in nearly every city.  
  • Horse riding is a common sport, especially for girls, and many Dutch girls have done some horse riding sometime in their life. Nearby every major city in the countryside are farms where horses are kept in a manege (riding stables/riding school).
  • Outdoor ice-skating means skating on natural ice, which is possible when there is a long period of very low temperatures when lakes freeze over. In principal, you can skate on all frozen waters, but make sure that the entire lake has frozen over. Look around at what your neighbors do, and ask them for places where you can go ice-skating.  
    Read about the Elfstedentocht.
  • Voetbal (football/soccer) is one of the most popular sports in the Netherlands. Almost every neighbourhood has its own football club. To find one in your district, just ask around. 
  • There are many places where you can go swimming outdoors. Every city has areas with natural swimming water.  
  • Founded in 1929, Rugby Club Eindhoven is one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands that provides teams in all ages, including senior teams. Expats Fun and sportsmanship are the club's main goal. Expats are invited to join!
  • Tennis is very popular in the Netherlands, and there are tennis clubs in every city. In general, you have to be a member of a club to be able to play outdoor tennis, but a few clubs will allow you to hire an outside court even if you are not a member.

Saunas, Spas, and thermal baths

There are many places where you can go for a sauna or a thermal bath. Most of them are gender-mixed, although some of them have special women's or men's nights. Inquire about this before you go to a sauna. Most saunas also offer massages and facial treatments, but you have to book these in advance.

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