Sports & clubs
Clubs facilitate social integration. For a successful start in FrankfurtRheinMain, you can join one of the many clubs and meet new people.
Statistically, everyone in Germany is a member of at least one club. That's one of the reasons why the cliché persists that Germany is a land of clubs – but compared to the rest of Europe we’re only average.
Sports clubs are particularly popular. Football is one of the most important sports in FrankfurtRheinMain, as it is everywhere in Germany. The German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund, DFB) is headquarter in Frankfurt. There are football clubs that you can join everywhere. However, there is a large choice beyond this – from ice hockey and horse riding, to rowing clubs and indoor rock climbing, the region has a lot to offer. You can also take part in international sports in FrankfurtRheinMain.
If you’re looking for a sports club that suits you, joining a state sports association which is responsible for its respective state is a good place to start. The Hessen State Sports Association (State Athletic Federation of Hessen) offers a search engine to help you find various sports clubs by type of sport and / or location. Alternatively, you can generally find a list of local clubs on local websites.
FrankfurtRheinMain is a sporting region. Large sporting events take place regularly, such as Iron Man and the SkyRun Messeturm. During the summer months there are many runs for charity. There are countless competitions and championships in other sports, too. If you prefer to get around on wheels, you can skate through Frankfurt every Tuesday during the summer on inline skates. For Tuesday Night Skating, the roads are closed especially for inline skaters from all over the region.
There’s a high level of participation in other clubs, too. These include nature conservation, cultural or human rights associations and the voluntary fire service.
Membership fees in sports clubs are usually very low. In principle, you can join any club you like, without undergoing any tests for suitability. Clubs are financed through membership fees and sponsors. Trainers and grounds men of sports clubs are often volunteers.