There are several reasons why German sportspeople are often so successful in international competitions. One of them is the large number of sports clubs offering a wide range of activities at affordable prices.
Joining a German sports club is an excellent way to meet people from all walks of life in a relaxed environment. One of the nicest things about membership of a sports club must surely be a trip down to the pub with other members, after a good training session.
There is a wide range of sports to choose from – football, tennis, riding, athletics, aerobics, swimming and, increasingly, international sports such as baseball, rugby and even American football are all on offer. For a complete list of sports clubs in your region, contact your municipal sports department or local government district.
In addition, Hessen’s state sports federation can provide information on sports clubs across the state. The easiest way to find a club is to visit www.sport-in-hessen.de, where the procedures for joining are fully explained.
Membership fees vary considerably, depending on the sport involved, the size of the club and the quality of the facilities. As a general guideline, annual membership tends to cost €100-250, and there are often discounts for students and children. Family membership may also be discounted, often by a considerable amount compared with several individual memberships.
You should be aware that you are automatically insured against injury according to the club’s terms, as soon as you become a registered member of a German sports club.
Many clubs will allow you to attend a few training sessions before taking out full membership, to see whether you enjoy them.