The Netherlands is a sports-loving country, with plenty of opportunities to play any number of sports. Here’s a guide to some of the most popular sports in the Netherlands.
BS Leiden Basketball
They welcome all ages (7 – 60 years) and offer many possibilities: only training, training and competition or recreation. They have all levels and many teams. Every member has the opportunity to train twice a week.
De Kieviten Cricket Club
Kieviten is a multi-sport club which has sections for cricket, golf, tennis, hockey and squash.
Haarlem Cricket Club (HCC) Red and White
One of the oldest cricket clubs in Holland and founded in 1881. Since 1911 they have been playing at their current grounds at the Spanjaardslaan on the border of Heemstede and Haarlem in the winter. They are one of the bigger clubs in Holland with six senior teams, two on Saturday, four on Sunday, a women’s XI and a youth section of around 125 children varying from 6 to 18 years.
Hilversumsche Cricket Club
Address: Nieuwe Crailoseweg 10, 1222 AB Hilversum
The club was established in June 1883, and is one of the oldest in Holland. During its 126-year history, Hilversumsche Cricket Club has undergone many changes. They have relocated in collaboration with Spandersbosch Hockey Club. They now sport complete new grounds including two new pitches and brand new training facilities. They welcome players from all levels and ages, and the club coach is more than willing to better skills. There are two men’s teams, a Zami’s team, junior teams and one ladies’ team. The top team is in the First Division. Lots of events and fun for everybody.
Voorburg Cricket Club (VCC)
VCC was founded in 1932. Since 1990, its 1st team plays on the highest Dutch level only interrupted by the 1999 season when VCC played on the 2nd highest level. VCC is a regular supplier of players to the Dutch national team. They have more expats than ever mainly from England, Australia, Pakistan and India and are now represented in the four top leagues.
Pr. Hendrikkade 135sous, Amsterdam
Studio omgeving Westerpark/Nassaustraat, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 682 54 78
The Amsterdamse Ballet-school teaches both classic ballet and jazz style. The students are mostly adults. Any adult is welcome and you don’t have to have any experience with dance or ballet. The most important trait of a dance student is enthusiasm.An introductory lesson is EUR 8.50
Balletstudio Marieke van der Heijden
Balletstudio Marieke van der Heijden, Leidsekade 68, Amsterdam
Tel: 0642039211 (Call this number is you would like to take a trial lesson)
The studio is beautifully lit and is in a central location, near the Leidseplein. It has about 220 students aged from very young (4-6) up to adult. They also have special dance and movement classes for people who would like to be active but are no longer able to wear point shoes.
Address: De Lairessestraat 157, Oud Zuid, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 679 00 71
Dansschool Kluver has been around for 65 years and the current owners took it over about 25 years ago. They have two dance studios and a unique dance system where they get people up and dancing as quickly as possible. The forms of dance they teach are ballroom and Latin American. The enthusiastic school offers various activities and shorter workshops are available.
Address: Columbusplein 253, Oud West
Tel: 020 612 25 14
Jacob Maris is an organisation that has several clubs within it. It is a large and active community with a lot going on. Along with their dance classes (ballroom, Latin American dances, street dance, country line dancing) there are occasional competitions as well as free dance evenings when the clubs get together. The other offerings of the club range from martial arts classes to music and yoga. All ages are welcome.
Danseres Cassandra (Belly dancing)
Address: Various Locations
Tel: 06 10 745127
The studio Danseres Cassandra is run by Cassandra who is experienced in many different kinds of dance as well as body shaping exercises. She specialises in Egyptian belly dancing, and believes that any woman (all ages, all body types) can learn belly dancing and gain the benefits of making her body smoother, stronger and more elegant.
Lijfwijs (Belly dancing)
Where: Laagte Kadijk 20, Centrum, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 624 79 74
The teachers from the studio Lijfwijs believe that anyone can benefit from belly dancing whatever your sex, age or body type. Lessons are given in short workshops or in longer, ongoing classes. A large store is available to help you find just the right look. Additionally, Pilates, yoga and other exercise classes are available through Lijfwijs.
Address: Staalkade 5 hs, Centrum, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 684 51 94
Salsa Caliente has dance lessons in Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Cha-cha-cha and Bachata among others. Classes are held four days a week, and if you don’t dance yet, don’t worry – they have levels going from absolute beginner to experienced dancer. In addition to classes, they offer workshops and dance evenings. The workshops are available to large or small groups and instructors will travel to your location. Just provide the room and Salsa Caliente will provide the party.
The Clansmen Scottish Country Dance Group
Address: Ursulaland 141, 2591 GW The Hague
Tel: 070 382 1175
Fax: 070 382 1175
Email: [email protected]
The Clansmen meet on Mondays between 20:15 – 22:15 to dance at the ‘Engelse Kerk’ at Riouwstraat 2 in The Hague. The teacher is Marlyn MacPhail.
The Rowan Tree Dancers
They dance on Monday evenings from 20:00 – 22:00 at Verpleeghuis “Wendhorst”.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) Delft Branch
The ‘Delft branch’ of RSCDS is one of about 60 branches of this Scottish organisation which has around 20,000 members all over the world. The dances practiced in Voorburg follow the original Scottish traditions, and the leader of the group has taken specific exams in Scotland to study them. Classes are held every Wednesday evening. There are also regular social dances and balls, not only in Voorburg but also organised by the other Scottish dance groups in the Netherlands and overseas.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) Hague District Branch
Address: De Tol 421, 2266 EH Leidschendam
Contact: Hans van Zon
Tel: 070 320 2352
Email: [email protected]
The Swilcan Scottish Country Dance Group
They meet on Wednesdays between 20:00 – 22:00 at Teun de Jagerdreef 3 in Utrecht. The teacher is Jaap Hellinghuizer.
The Thistle Club of Scottish Country Dancing
On Monday and Wednesday evenings they join together to dance, learn and enjoy the finer points of:
– Scottish Country dance (beginners and advanced).
– Scottish Highland dance (beginners and advanced).
– Scottish Traditional music.
The Utrecht Morris Team (UMT)
UMT is a team of men who perform traditional Morris dances from the Cotswolds in the southern Midlands of England. The UMT is a friendly pleasure club that meets once a week in the centre of the city of Utrecht to practise. However, regardless of how much fun it is sometimes, real hard work goes into practising the Morris dances before they can be performed in public. The UMT performs numerous times during the course of a year, sometimes at their own initiative, but also regularly when requested or booked. It also goes without saying that the UMT goes to England at least once a year to meet and dance with other Morris sides.
Maids of the Mill (women)
Morris dancing once every two weeks on Fridays from 20:00 – 22:00 in the gym room. The Maids are a member of The Morris Federation, an association of self-governing Morris clubs which aims to encourage and maintain interest in the practice of morris dancing by men and women of all ages.
The Randstad Harings dive club
Contact: Mr R. Redwood
Tel: 070 363 8167
Email: [email protected]
The only Holland-based branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club serves the area of The Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam. They have 40 members active in both diving and training. Most are from the UK and the Netherlands. Throughout the year, they dive regularly and organise trips abroad both within Europe and to more exotic locations around the world. Training takes place on Thursday evenings at 20:00 in the indoor pool in winter and outside in open water in the summer.
First Dutch Dragonboat Club (EHDC)
EHDC offers free Dragonboating tryout sessions in Amsterdam area for anyone interested. These take place as part of the normal training schedule. EHDC also plans several social events each year including trips through canals of Amsterdam in the dragonboat, stopping at local landmarks and eateries, barbecues, parties and camping trips. The club has a great atmosphere, with team spirit, dedication and fun.
Drinking (and sports?)
Amsterdam Hash House Harriers
Amsterdam-based kennel of the international drinking club with a running problem. They meet on Sundays at 15:00 in the winter and at 17:00 in the summer. Normally the trails take about an hour to complete depending on how fast everybody runs, jogs or walks, and the number of beer stops. All levels of fitness, experience and drinking abilities are welcome. Running fee is EUR 4; this pays for beer and snacks. They welcome visitors and virgins (newcomers) – check out the ‘What’s Hashing?’ section for information. The best way to stay up-to-date with the Amsterdam H3 is to join their Yahoo! Group.
The Hague Hash House Harriers
An International drinking club with a running problem meets weekly. In the summer every Wednesday at 19:00 and in the winter every Sunday at 15:00. They welcome all levels of fitness, especially those with a sense of humour. A typical Hash run is about 6 – 8 km and lasts anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Beer stops are a welcome site during a Hash run and in the circle after the run. Expect singing of rugby songs, silly names and a bit of hoot ‘n hollering. They run in and around The Hague, exploring parks, forests and city streets.
Floorball Agents (FBA)
FBA is an official independent sports club devoted to the marvelous sport of floorball. The Agent’s mission is to promote and develop floorball in the Netherlands and especially in the Amsterdam area. The club was founded during spring 2004 by Ville Kulmala, Wouter Bakker and Cynthia Littooij. FBA are always looking for a bunch of people to participate in trainings and games. First trainings to start from for all levels are Wednesdays from 20:00 to 21:30.
Floorball originating from Scandinavia is a fast-moving game played indoor with a floorball stick and a ball. It’s a low-contact game with five players and a goalie playing at the same time. It’s an easy game to pick up as the rules and the techniques aren’t as complicated as, say, field hockey or ice hockey. The HDM floorball club was founded as “HSK” (Haagse Straathockey Klub) in The Hague in the spring of 2000. The club has three men’s teams, one women’s team and one mixed team. The first teams have very experienced and well equipped players that go for winning the league and cup. Other teams and the mixed team are just for fun and beginners. HDM has many international players, coming from Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and many other countries and the club has a growing number of Dutchies too.
American Football Club (AFC) Utrecht Dominators
American Football Delft Dragons
To join the team, experience is not necessary although obviously a bonus. Fundamentals and more advanced coaching are available from the existing coaching staff. Playing equipment can be hired from the club if necessary.
Amersfoort Untouchables American Football Club
Address: Kees Bakelserf 32, 3813 MK Amersfoort
Contact: Gert Kreijne
Tel: 06 2219 8188
Email: s[email protected]
Amsterdam Gaelic Athletic Football Club
They have men’s or women’s Gaelic Football teams that play in the Gaelic Gear European Gaelic Football Championships. The club trains every week at the Amstelveen Rugby Club. They’re an international club and new players of any nationality and ability are welcome to join the club and try out Gaelic Football.
Amsterdam Mixed Football Group
Email: a[email protected]
A group of men and women who play soccer together just for fun. During the summer they usually play twice a week in Westerpark. Sometimes they get together for social stuff too.
Dutch Australian Football Association (DAFA)
It was formed in 2007 with the aim of organising and developing the sport of Australian Football in the Netherlands. Since then they’ve successfully competed in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 EU Cup Tournaments, and in 2010 are launching the Netherland’s first Australian Football league. In 2009 they entered an agreement with the Australian Football League (AFL) as the official Australian Football League in the Netherlands.
Den Haag Gaelic Football and Hurling Club
Founded in the 1970s and affiliated with Croke Park since 2000, Den Haag GAA Club is one of the longest established and most successful GAA clubs on mainland Europe. Comprising mainly Irish, as well as French, English, Turkish, Indian, Swiss, Canadian, Australian, and German expats and Dutch players. Den Haag GAA is the current European Hurling Championship winner, a title they have also won in 2003 and 2002. Men’s Gaelic Footballers were winners in 2002 and 2006 and the Ladies’ Gaelic Footballers were victorious in 2005.
Wilhelmus International football club
Address: Clubhouse, Groen Zoom 2, The Hague
Contact: Phil Loughton
Tel: 06 2705 1820
Email: [email protected]
Expat football team based in The Hague. The club is a mix of over 40 nationalities. There are seven men’s teams and one ladies’. Matches are on Saturdays and training is on Wednesday nights lead by Graham Renshaw. New players of all levels welcome.
Amsterdam Martial Arts School – Qi Kwan Do
Qi Kwan Do is practical self-defence for everyone. It’s a combination of yoga, self-defence and cardio vascular movements to be flexible, fit and toned. Each lesson is unique so that everybody remains motivated and stays with the programme to eventually reach Black Belt. As well as learning a martial art, self-defence and getting fit, Qi Kwan Do helps to reduce stress, increases energy and leaves you feeling and looking better. The style and training suits ladies and men of all sizes, fitness and abilities. All are welcome.
Japanese Martial Arts
Shinbukan Dojo Amsterdam
Address: Andreas Schelfhoutstraat 54, Amsterdam (next to the Surinameplein.)
Tel.: +31 (6) 4400 6559
Email: [email protected]
The Shinbukan Dojo (school) offers classes in several different martial arts: aikido, jujutsu and shinkendo. All arts are based on traditional and practical techniques that you can directly integrate into all areas of your life. The school is a community where members can Develop martial arts techniques and strategies, learn self-defense, improve inner calmness, confidence and awareness, train for a strong, supple and healthy body, learn about Japanese culture and philosophy, enjoy training with a group of like-minded people, develop a deeper understanding of personal fulfillment through engagement and contribution to the community and greater community
The classes consist of diverse groups of students in age and background, men and women, who share the interest and passion to develop their bodies, spirits and minds by training martial arts. They train under the guidance of experienced teachers. Training involves developing more conscious and effective reactions in conflict situations. Along with the techniques you train self-discipline, self-control, teamwork and leadership, which can be used outside of the dojo in many ways.
Amstelveense Rugby Club (ARC)
ARC prides itself on being a truly international club with a number of non-Dutch members currently registered with the club from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, USA and South Africa to name but a few. They have a work hard, play hard ethos which means as seriously as they take training sessions and game days, they also like to ensure that Amstelveen and Amsterdam’s various watering-holes will not be crashing like the global economy at present. To that end, there is always something being arranged by the large expat clan at the club and is usually initiated by their resident cockney Welshman ‘Maldwyn Gwyn Thomas Morris’ or his partner in (heinous) crime Derek ‘Del Boy’ Penning. They frequently send out communications on nights out, trips, events, touch Rugby etc.
Amsterdam Lowlanders Gay Rugby Club
Address: Pieter Jacobszstraat 27, 1012 HL Amsterdam
It was founded in 2003 as NOP Amsterdam. The team is part of the Amstelveense Rugby Club but retains its name and gay identity. They currently have 20 members, with players coming from Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and of course the Netherlands.
Utrecht Rugby Club (URC)
The Utrecht Rugby Club was founded in 1967 and moved to a temporary location at Sportpark Terweide. They have three senior XV’s and a women’s team as well as youth players in various age-groups. The 1st XV currently play in the (national) 1st Division, the 2nd XV play in the 3th Division and URC3 play in the 4th Division. The Women’s XV play in the 1st Division National Women’s League. Try the club out for EUR 15 six weeks long. Find out what URC is all about; grab shoes, shirt, and shorts and join in for training every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 20:00.
Te Werve Rugby (RUFC)
Address: H.S.V. Celeritas Sportcomplex, Leyweg 1630, 2548 AE The Hague
Contact: Benoit Wach – 1st Team Captain
Tel: 06 2397 6227
Email: [email protected]
Te Werve RUFC is a Dutch club but it’s renowned for having an international team. Teams are composed of players from many nationalities, races, religious beliefs, and social backgrounds. They are always looking for new talent and players, welcoming beginners and experienced. Their 1st team plays high standard rugby in the 1st Dutch division. Their 2nd team is registered in the 3rd Dutch division. Their 3rd team is a social side composed of veterans and new players. They are dedicated to the game but also to having a good 3rd half (socialising). They organise events such as dinners, rugby tours, friendlies, pub crawls, parties and BBQs.
ABF International Sports Club
A non-profit volunteer organisation that has been providing sports programmes for all ages and nationalities for over 35 years. It’s an international organisation dedicated to providing baseball, soccer and basketball to athletes of all ages and nationalities. Our members, now more than 400 families strong, come from in and around The Hague. The ABF offers families the chance to remain active and meet new people. At the ABF, there’s a warm international atmosphere where people and their families can enjoy themselves while interacting with others.
Hermes – DVS (football, cricket, squash, tennis)
Many expats are pleasantly surprised to learn that their beloved game of cricket can also be played in Holland. Only 15 minutes drive from the centre of Rotterdam will take you to one of the oldest and biggest cricket clubs in Holland. Hermes – DVS was founded in 1884. Cricket can be played at various levels from very social to competitive (the first team plays at the highest national level). Competitions are played on both Saturdays and Sundays. It’s possible to become a training member if somebody likes the game but doesn’t want to play during weekends. It’s also possible to play football, squash and tennis. They welcome anybody interested to attend one of the practice sessions in order to get a better view of the club, its members and facilities.