Sports and Clubs
Clubs facilitate social integration. One way to settle into FrankfurtRheinMain is to join one of the many clubs and meet new people.
Statistically, everyone in Germany is a member of at least one club. This is one of the reasons for the cliché that Germany is a land of clubs. However, compared to the rest of Europe we are somewhere in the middle.
Sports clubs are very popular. Football is one of the most important sports in FrankfurtRheinMain, as elsewhere in Germany. The German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund, DFB) has its headquarters in Frankfurt and you will find football clubs that you can join everywhere. However, besides this, there is a large choice of other sports – from ice hockey to horse riding, and from rowing clubs to indoor rock climbing, the region has a lot to offer. You can also participate in international sports in FrankfurtRheinMain.
If you are looking for a suitable sports club, you will find it through a State Sports Federation which is responsible for one state. The website of the Hessen State Sports Federation (Hessischer Landessportbund) has a search engine through which you can find different sports clubs by type of sport and/or location. Alternatively, you can generally find a list of local clubs on the website of your local town.
FrankfurtRheinMain is a region for sports. Large sporting events take place regularly, such as Iron Man and the SkyRun Messeturm. During the summer months, many charity runs take place. There are also a lot of competitions and championships for other sports. During the summer, if you prefer to get around on wheels, you can skate through Frankfurt every Tuesday on inline skates. For Tuesday Night Skating, the roads are cordoned off specifically for inline skaters from all over the region.
There is also a high level of commitment in other types of clubs. These include associations for nature conservation, culture or human rights, as well as the voluntary fire brigade.
Membership fees for sports clubs are generally very low. In principle, you can join any club you like, without having to do an aptitude test. Clubs are financed through membership fees and sponsors. In sports clubs, coaches and groundsmen are often volunteers.