Amsterdam full of freerunners, skaters and street soccer at the Urban Sports Week

Source: NH News (Dutch)

 

Anyone walking through Amsterdam this week should not be surprised to see someone running, skating or biking through the city upside down with somersaults or other jumps. The fifth edition of the Urban Sports Week has started. During these eleven days there are various events throughout the city, with this year also four Dutch championships. It started yesterday afternoon with the NK Freerun in sports park Riekerhaven.

Wereldkampioen Freerun Noa Diorgina Man - BSR Agency
World Champion Freerun Noa Diorgina Man – BSR Agency

 

Sports that happen mainly on the streets, that’s what urban sports are all about. In the coming days there are 50 sports that you can practice at different places in the city. For example, break dance, street soccer, 3×3 basketball or, if you are good on a bike, a wheelie contest.

“It’s accessible to everyone, the city as a playing field and playing sports when and with whom you want.”

SOFYAN MBARKI, ALDERMAN FOR SPORT
Sofyan Mbarki, alderman for sport, sees that Urban sports are starting to become more and more popular in the city. Especially among young Amsterdammers. For example, during the NK Freerun the youngest participant was thirteen years old.Mbarki also thinks that with the city as a playing field you can exercise whenever and with whomever you want. This is important because exercise and sports are not only good for physical and mental health, but also help you to make contact with others. “Amsterdam’s urban sports communities are making a big contribution to the success of the Urban Sports Week,” Mbarki said.

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