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Sport in my everyday life

Germany is a sport-loving country. Around 27 million people are active in 90,000 sports clubs in their free time. They do gymnastics, dance or row because they enjoy movement, meet other people in a club and like to do something for their health.

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Germany is a sport-loving country. Around 27 million people are active in 90,000 sports clubs in their free time. They do gymnastics, dance or row because they enjoy movement, meet other people in a club and like to do something for their health.

 
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“I sit a lot at school, it's exhausting,” says 14-year-old Philipp from Berlin. To compensate, he goes to soccer practice twice a week. “I think it's great to run around on the field. The ball, my team and I - it just fits and is fun. "

Football is by far the most popular sport in Germany. The German Football Association, the umbrella organization for all football associations and clubs, has almost seven million members - more than any other sports organization in Germany. In second and third place are the German Gymnastics Association with 4.9 million members and the German Tennis Association with 1.4 million members. The numbers come from a study published by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) in 2016. As the umbrella organization for German sport, the DOSB represents both popular and competitive sport. Competitive athletes are about hard training and top performance, about records and making money. Popular athletes like Philipp, on the other hand, train in their free time, simply for the joy of exercise and playing with others.

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Sports clubs are Germany's number 1 sports provider. But popular and recreational sports take place everywhere, not just in clubs. Jogging, hiking, swimming, cycling to work or going to the gym regularly - all of this is sport. And as different as the sports may be, the effect is always similar. “You just feel more comfortable in your body. Exercising makes you feel kind of liberated. That's when you notice that you've done something, ”explains 13-year-old Lina.

She regularly goes horse riding and takes dance classes once a week. “I don't always feel like it. But afterwards you feel so exhausted. And I like that. "Lina's friend Ella, on the other hand, says:" I feel good even without exercise. Of course, sport is healthy. But I think if you don't feel like it, you don't have to force yourself to do it. ”Every now and then Ella goes jogging with her dog, and she thinks school sports are okay too. “At the moment we're jumping, that's not great. But before that we played table tennis, that was good. "

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Joseph, 14 years old, is not that enthusiastic about school sports. But he likes to skate: “I think it's cool that you can jump in the air with such a small board.” When Joseph does his laps in the skate hall, he doesn't just learn athletic tricks. “It's also about fairness. If you see someone want to drive down the ramp now, then you stop. Or if someone is injured, you help them. You show consideration for each other. "

Sport is not only good for your health, it also conveys values ​​such as fair play, mutual respect and team spirit. No wonder that politicians also consider sport to be important and make money available for it: In Germany, the 16 federal states and municipalities are mainly responsible for promoting popular sport. For example, they support the construction of sports halls or the purchase of sports equipment, and they sponsor events and projects run by sports clubs.

 
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Around eight million people work on a voluntary basis in German sports clubs. In doing so, they ensure a diverse and affordable range of sports for everyone. The main problem of the clubs is to find enough volunteers to work, according to the study. The contribution of the sports clubs to a fair, tolerant coexistence is more important than ever. Skateboard fan Joseph has already experienced that sport offers limitless possibilities: “You can skate together anywhere in the world. It's exactly the same tricks, exactly the same ramps. And skaters find each other really cool, regardless of which country they come from. "