Sports and associations in Herning and Ikast-Brande
Herning and Ikast-Brande is an proactive sports and leisure area with about 400 diverse and active associations distributed throughout the area. You can join almost any sports activity you desire - inddor and outdoors.
Denmark has a rather uniq stucture in the organisation of sports activities. Most sports activities are organized in associations, but there are also private providers of sports activities.
Denmark is the country in the world with the highest percentage of people who are members of an association. This is where people meet to share a common interest. It can be related to sports or culture, or it can be political or professional in nature. Danes spend a lot of time on association activities since this is also where they live their social lives. Therefore, it can be a good way of forming a social network where you can improve your Danish language skills at the same time.
Associations are based primarily on volunteer work, but there are often costs associated with participation, for example in sports associations. This might be to pay for the rent of facilities, purchase of materials, light, water, heat, etc. Therefore participants need to pay a subscription fee to take part in the activity.
Your local library and town hall are good places to find out what associations, clubs and events there are in your vicinity – otherwise ask you Danish colleagues and friends, you will find, that they are very helpful.