Sports in the Netherlands
The Dutch love their sports. They enjoy actively doing sports themselves as much as watching a game on television. More than half of the Dutch population participates in sport on a weekly basis. Fitness and running are the most popular sports among adults. But there is a lot more than only fitness and running. Think of any sport and there is probably a club in your neighbourhood that trains regularly. And the good thing is, you are always welcome to take a look at one of these sports clubs and see if it is something for you.
The Hague’s 11 kilometres of coastline are perfect for beach and sea sports. Scheveningen, for example, is the Dutch surfing mecca. Besides sports activities along the coast, the city of The Hague offers many other active opportunities. Try skating or snowboarding at the Uithof or catch ADO Den Haag, the local football club, play a match. With 11 km of sandy beach, 440 km biking trails, 271 sports clubs and as many as 194 sports fields, you will not be bored for a second if you like to get active.
- Find a place to sport in The Hague at the Heel Den Haag Sport website (in Dutch).
- Find out more about swimming in The Hague at the municipality's website.
International sport groups in The Hague
Delft has over 100 sports clubs. With a Delftpas, you can get a discount on the membership fee of various sports clubs.
Rijswijk has many opportunities to sport. Whether it is during the weekday or in the weekend; outside or inside, there is always something to your liking.
There are a few moments when Dutch pride soars. One of those moments is when the Dutch soccer team plays in a tournament. The Dutch come together to watch the game at cafés, all dressed in orange. If you really want to feel the Dutch spirit, you should definitely join them.
Another very popular sport is speed skating. The Dutch have a history of legendary speed skaters winning many medals during world cups and the Olympics. This is because many Dutch have a pair of ice skates at home to take out whenever it is freezing. Every winter, there’s much hype around whether there will be an Elfstedentocht, a race over the frozen canals and rivers in the province of Friesland passing through 11 cities.