Have you ever wondered why Germans repeatedly excel in international sporting events? One of the reasons is the organized network of clubs that offers a wide range of activities at reasonable prices to everyone. Sports in Germany are a great equalizer, cutting across social and occupational strata. Joining a sports club in Germany is a great way to make contact with people from all walks of life in a fun atmosphere.
The range of sports offered by these non-profit clubs is enormous soccer, tennis, horseback riding, track and field, volleyball, aerobics, swimming and, increasingly, international sports such as baseball, rugby and even American football. For a full listing of the sports clubs available in your region, contact the local sports office (Sportamt) in the city or county government. Membership fees vary greatly, depending on the type of sport, the size of the club and the quality of the facilities. But as a general guideline, individual memberships cost about 60-75 euros per year with discounts for students and children. Family memberships can cost up to 150 euros per year. It is important to note that once you become a registered member of a German sports club, you are automatically insured under that club’s policy, should you become injured.
Here is a listing of the major sports clubs in Munich:
MTV München 1879
Tel: 089 538 860 30
Tel: 089 149 406 1
Polizei-Sportverein München e.V.
Postfach 90 08 50; 81508 Munich
Tel: 089 404 652
TSV München von 1860
Grünwalder Str. 114
Tel: 01805 601 860 (14 Cent/Min.)