What is ‘foreningsliv’?

Join a Danish sports club and become a part of a committed community where physical activity and wellbeing are the main attractions.

About DGI

DGI is a sports association in Denmark that works to better the conditions for our more than 6.300 member sports clubs and their more than 1.5 million members. Together with the clubs, we make people move – for you, your team, your health and just for fun.

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In Denmark, we have a unique history of doing sports together in clubs – we call them foreninger. In our foreninger we meet in the spare time and do sports as a team or as a community of athletes in individual sports.

In a Danish sports club, you might meet your colleague or neighbour on the track, where he or she coaches your daughter’s football team. Your banker might be the chairperson of the local tennis club, and your boss might be serving coffee during a weekend tournament.

All of them are doing this as volunteers, in their spare time and without being paid.

The key words in ‘foreningsliv’ are community, volunteering and room for diversity.

Come join us!

There are clubs all over Denmark, from the metropolis of Copenhagen to the West Jutland countryside. No matter if you are a top athlete or just need to get a bit more in shape, there are clubs, sports and activities for you.

Danish clubs specialise in welcoming new members, so if you’re looking for a community as an access point to form a network, getting to know Danish culture and make new friends, our sports clubs are ideal places to start.

Find a club near you.

Foreningsliv in eight different languages

Many sports clubs offer information only in Danish on their websites. But give them a call and you will find that they go to great lengths to accommodate your needs, whether it is translations or guidance you need.

We offer information on sports clubs in Denmark in eight different languages. You can find it here.

Financial help

In DGI we believe that everyone should have access to sports clubs, communities and an active lifestyle. And we want to help where we can:

If you need help affording a membership to a sports club, equipment or the entrance fee to an event, your sports club can apply for financial grants from us on your behalf.

Read more about financial grants.