Sport is one of the most popular ways of spending free time. Cracow has a broad offer for sports enthusiasts: running routs, cycle tracks, swimming pools, gyms, playgrounds, climbing walls, kart tracks. Sport in Cracow is available, and affordable. What is more, Cracow hosts many international sport events like Cracovia Marathon or Volleyball World Cup 2014. The city cares about spreading healthy lifestyle among youngsters, not only by implementation of sport programmes but also by organizing various contests on best sport initiatives. The official city website has a subpage concerning sport events:
Magic Cracow www.krakow.pl/sport/2232,glowna.html (Magiczny Kraków – Polish version only). Site provides locations of football playgrounds “Orliki” www.krakow.pl/sport/3633,artykul,animator_-_moje_boisko_-_orlik_2012.html (free of any charge with previous reservation), and downloadable map of bike lanes www.krakow.pl/sport/3664,artykul,mapa_sciezek_rowerowych.html.
Detailed information concerning ways of doing sports in Cracow, together with with disciplines:
www.krakow.travel/aktywnie/rekreacja (Polish version)
www.cracow.travel/active-leisure/leisure (English version)
Mosts of sport facilities are paid and vary depending on its type and sport discipline. Renting an outfit or gear, if such is necessary, is subjected to additional payment, just like assistance of a coach (group or individual training). Feel free to ask organizers for details. Municipal running tracks, bike lanes and playgrounds located in city parks and in districts (if not fenced) are free and may be used without any limitations.
Sport is a great opportunity for integration of many environments, of migrants and local community. Such initiative is multicultural football tournament called Etnoliga, which has its origins in Warsaw. So far, Cracow have managed to organize one event of such kind – details available at: www.facebook.com/events/1445260872388025/?ref=4
Starting Etnloiga in Cracow needs passion and determination of many people, mostly migrants themselves, who will form multicultural teams. However, game is worth the candle so we encourage all football enthusiasts to join the initiative!