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Sports fans have the possibility in Basel to choose from a wide range of individual as well as team sports. Mainstream and professional sports benefit from an excellent infrastructure. A big number of easily accessible gyms, health clubs, sports clubs etc. add to the image of the "moving" town.

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In Basel sports fans of all ages pursue sport on all levels. Searching for your favorite sport, you can become a member in one of the 300 sports clubs. The list of sports available is long and includes water, ball, combative and running sports.

Whoever wants to remain fit individually can enjoy the city and its surroundings on the bicycle, on skates or inline skates, by golfing, horseback riding or even paragliding. The wide variety on offer gets used with great enthusiasm. Even bad weather cannot stop you from exercising as many indoor activities from aqua jogging to yoga are available.

The public sports facilities are actual meeting points for the public and families and with the utterly professional facilities at St. Jakob, Basel-Stadt is also prepared for sports activities on the highest level. Basel has a reputation as sports town, based on the local football club Basel (FCB), which plays in the highest league, as well as on the local ice hockey club (EHC Basel), playing in the second highest league. Further top representatives for the Basel sport are the tennis professional Roger Federer and the reigning fencing Olympic champion, Marcel Fischer. Top events such as the Davidoff Swiss Indoors - one of the most important indoor tennis tournaments in the world - the Badminton Swiss Open or the Top Volley International are hosted in Basel every year. International football matches are regularly being played in the St. Jakob-Park. Already now Basel is looking forward to the UEFA Euro 2008, a highlight with a bid international following, during which Basel will be the "Main City Switzerland".

Sports advancement
Sport has an important function in society, especially in the area of youth programmes. As a lot of importance is contributed to the search for young talents, many clubs sustain their own junior departments for children. These private sports initiatives are being supported by the state-run Sportamt (Office for sports), which is active with specific advancement programmes in all areas of sports and for all age groups, for the purpose that children and youngster can live their drive for movement or discover it in the first place. Furthermore, the Office for sports manages most sports facilities within the Canton.


 
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