Almere has more than 300 indoor and outdoor sports facilities and over 100 sports clubs. The city’s parks, water bodies and its extensive network of cycling and walking trails offer numerous possibilities for outdoor sports, such as off-road biking, inline skating, hiking and rowing. Stay fit, learn new skills and make new friends while participating in sport in Almere. Many of the sports clubs also offer trial lessons for beginners, so you can see what you like before you commit.
Facilitating athletic achievement obviously requires modern, high-quality sports facilities that are geared to today’s demands. Almere has a number of facilities that meet the highest international standards. These include sports park Fanny Blankers-Koen (baseball, softball and more), the Almeerderhout golf course, the Almere City FC football stadium and the Topsportcentrum Almere in Almere Poort. They serve as national training centres and host a range of regional, national and international sporting events. Large-scale outdoor events that take place in Almere every year include the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam triathlon and the Almere City Run.
International Youth Games
Internationally, Almere cooperates with Aalborg (Denmark), Rendsburg (Germany) and Lancaster (UK) to organise the annual Youth Games. Every summer, secondary school students gather in one of the organising cities to participate in a two-week tournament. Almere hosts the Youth Games once every four years. The vast majority of the city’s sports clubs are involved in organising the event. The Youth Games are part of an exchange programme between the cities mentioned, plus Milton Keynes (UK), Växjö (Sweden) and Haapsalu (Estonia). The programme focuses on sports, education, arts and culture.