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Expat Fitness/ Sports

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  • Needs a location

  • Too many hours behind the computer? and not enough physical activity? declining condition and extra kilos? looking for a healthy alternative way to socialize with other expats outside of the bar?

    I'm interested in hearing from other expats interested in getting togther on a regular basis to train (cardio-strength) or play sports. Please email me with interests and an indication of the time period(s) that are convient for you so that I can begin to set up some new activities.


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  • Vignesh S

    Hi All.. Is this a meetup or a group ? Am not able to see when it is.. :-)

    July 31

    • Thom F.

      This is a topic, not an event. There is no date. I started this topic to judge interest within the group. Various activities have spun off from the topic throuhg people posting thier interests and creating specific meetup events.

      August 1

  • Bea G.

    Hi All, I love volleybal, anyone interested?

    2 · February 7, 2015

    • Mick430

      Ya me too specially in summer under the sun ^_^

      1 · February 21, 2015

    • Alissia H.

      I am interested!! we should meet up :D

      May 11

  • Emo

    Hi guys. I have just joint the group (also just found this great site). I have been living for quite a while in the Netherlands already, but of course it is always good to meet new internationally minded people. So it seems this is a great place for that.

    I used to play regular football with my friends back in high schools and recently I though I would like to start practicing again. Unfortunately, I do not know anyone here into (not really competitive type of) football. Anyhow, I was wondering if anybody is interested in playing football outdoors (since the weather is getting better now)? I guess around 8-10 people in total will be a fun game. The level does not really matter I guess (I do suck at it but enjoy it). Ideally, a weekly time could be set and whoever wants can come (for instance, Wednesdays from 7 to 8pm). If there is interest, I think the location would not be an issue (have to check tough).

    Enjoy the sunny day,

    Regards, Emo

    1 · June 5, 2015

    • Emo

      Hi, thanks for the reply. I suggest that we wait a bit to see if we can gather a few more people and try to organize something for next week. We can do Tuesday evening, for instance. I will look for possible venues (I think there are some around the city. now I can think of one on maasboulevard opposite the shell gas station).

      2 · June 8, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Emo. I am interested and a Wednesday night would suit me. I am in Blijdorp. Do you have any suggestions for a venue?

      July 5, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody interested in a game of (touch) rugby in the city center. Everybody (m/f) can join and basic touch rugby is suited for al fitness levels. Fun game, good for your health and mind. No contact is required for inexperienced players. Who wants to TRY?

    1 · April 26, 2015

    • Tristan D.

      Hi Rob, let me know the details, thx

      April 28, 2015

  • Utsab B.

    Hi, Anyone up for squash on weekends ? I generally play at David Lloyd Akragon but also open to other locations. Cheers !!

    1 · March 7, 2015

    • Emil

      There is a Squash club: http://squash-rotterd...­

      April 22, 2015

    • Emil

      I am free to play tomorrow or thursday

      April 22, 2015

  • David Y.

    HI. I am interested in playing tennis, badminton, football and other sports. Have just joined the Achmea gym next to the train station if anyone is interested in joining. Nice gym. Would be nice to have coffee, drinks or food after if we have time. Please let me know if you are interested.


    1 · March 8, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, anyone has got a Erasmus sport card and wiping to do some sport together?

    March 1, 2015

  • Viktor

    Hi everybody!

    I moved to Rotteradm six months ago and I was being soooo lazy and eating really bad because my job, but I'm quite tired of it, and I want back to the gym.

    I'm living in rotterdam zuid, but I have no idea if is any gym around. Someone that want to go to the gym 2/3 times per week to do cardio-strength?


    February 20, 2015

    • Mick430

      Hi , you can go to the jym in zuid park (the JYM) there you can make fitness or if you want cardio you can involve in groups lessons in the same jym, have fun.

      February 21, 2015

  • Tristan D.

    For those that are interested I go almost every day to the Fit 4 Free gym in Rotterdam centre (Hoogstraat above Kruidvat) from 4.30pm and work out
    Happy to meet and train with anybody who is interested

    January 15, 2015

  • Mick430

    Hi, any sport activivty will be welcome ^_^
    I am in for any sportive ideas, see you.

    January 10, 2015

  • Tristan D.

    Hi, someone mentioned doing gym activities but said it was costly. Well you can join 'Fit for Free' club for EUR16 per month, how cheap is that!!
    If anybody is a member of the club or would like to join I would love to meet up and motivate each other in any of the fitness activities? I attend the Rotterdam centre club at Wijde Kerkstraat 5.
    Don't be shy....hope to hear from you.

    October 7, 2014

    • Tristan D.

      Everybody can go there and get a free tour and decide for themselves if they want to join and if they do then let me know and I am absolutely very happy to meet up with people to work out together. Just let me know and appreciate the contact.

      October 8, 2014

    • marwan o.

      hi tristan ... i live in zoetermeer and work out at the "basic fitness" gym -- a tri-level gym with all the basic equipments... i believe i pay around 28 euros -- for 7 days a week 24 hrs

      December 10, 2014

  • marwan o.

    i recently moved to the Netherlands, I would love to meet up and join the expat community in to doing activities.

    December 10, 2014

  • Lora B.

    I'm still interested! Let's get it together. I'm unlikely to go all the way to Rotterdam for running but definitely would for team sports. Basketball, volleyball, others?

    January 12, 2014

    • Darja K.

      Would join with pleasure for volleyball if we could collate a team!

      September 10, 2014

  • Darja K.

    Hello, sounds like a great idea. I moved to Rotterdam only 2 month ago and looking to meet new people. Anyone interested in swimming? I used to do synchronized swimming on a semi-professional basis, but now looking to do just lane swimming to keep fit.

    If anyone wants to join me, let me know.


    September 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    someone interested in biking near Delft, Den Hague, Rotterdam?

    August 3, 2014

    • Joasia H.

      still valid? I woukd be extremally happy to cycle from Rotterdam to Delft/Hague

      September 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, sure! This sounds good. Actually I was thinking to bike tomorrow or on Sunday.

      September 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey yall! I realised I am spending too many hours behind my computer! Need to get out there and run around. I'm interested in some outdoor sports/training, seeing as though the weather has been great lately! Hey Thom, can I ask - what is korfbal?

    August 1, 2014

    • Lora B.

      You can join our running group! We have people of all levels that go at different paces. Also we hope to organize a dodgeball team if we can generate enough interest. Check it out!­

      August 2, 2014

  • Thom F.

    Hello David,

    Thanks for the post and your interest.

    I've found a korfbal coach and location. I'm just trying to find a date, before posting. I'll try to get it finalized this week and post.


    March 30, 2014

  • David Y.

    Hey Thom. Did you organise the korfball? No idea what this is but am looking for social events so like the pizza and beer idea. New to Rotterdam (with my wife) and looking to meet people and play some sports.

    March 29, 2014

  • Thom F.

    Hi all,

    Well 2 football groups are busy; both indoor and outdoor. Thanks Brandon and Tom. And there is now an expat running group too. I havnt seen much feedback, but the groups seen to be growing.

    I've also made inquiries about group rates at several gyms, but this seems to be a difficult (expensive) route for a group that simply want to train togther once a week. There is still an independant trainer I've met who is setting up his own place, but won't redy for some time yet. More when I hear back from him.

    The last idea is a pet project of mine. I'd like to set up a 1 evening introductory Korfbal (english Netball I've been informed) workshop and then get a beer. Need minimum of 8 people (4 men, 4 women) to play. Split the cost of hall rental between us (about 60 euro total). Followed by pizza and beer. Will post shortly.

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • David Y.

    I am up for it. Living in Rotterdam for a year and looking to get to know more expats. I know a few but I am always up for meeting people. Am really into sport (watching and playing) and so will be up for what the group decides to do. Please include me in this. Week days are not always easy due to work travel but weekends I am pretty reliable.

    Also if any expats want to play vets football (over 35 yrs) let me know. I have joined a team. They are pretty good but I am the only non-Dutch and haven't got a clue what they are saying. Would be good to have a few others who also haven't got a clue. Let me know. nice group of people though.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • David

    i would certainly be interested in football if there is a game

    January 19, 2014

  • Brendan

    you guys still doing any sports??? what happened?

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Thom F.

    Sorry for the silence (cyling accident -fell on my head),

    Thank you for your emails and ideas. It seems we can agree on weekday evenings Tuesday,Wednesday or Thursday.

    As far as activity, there isn't any clear concesus and several new option have been suggested:

    fitness (cardio)
    football (soccer to those of us from the US)
    korfball (dutch team sport: need mixed team: 4 men/4 women)

    Lets just start simple with an Expat fitness night. We can then better discuss a particular sport in person.

    I will keep this general call for interest posted, and create a seperate event for a weekly (cardio-strenght) fitness evening. I've found 2 fitness centers where we can pay per evening (no long term contract).


    September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hallo Tom At the Maasboulevard Oostmaaslaan (950) a cross the Shell there is a place where yoy can play soccer and Korfbal It is for free

      October 18, 2013

  • Said

    8 ppl is not bad as a start...come on guys..lets start something?
    any suggestions?

    September 12, 2013

  • Thom F.

    Wow. Nice to see people respond so quickly. I should have done this long ago. I stopped training a few years back and put on some major weight which I’m now determined to get off. I’m pretty open to coordinating any and all activities. To maximize participation I am planning to wait a couple of weeks to see how many expats we can get together, and then survey those who sign up with a list of all the suggested activities-times, before selecting activities, times and locations. Pleae email me if you have prefered activities and times.

    Thom p.s. If you know of other expats who may be interested please ask them to register here.

    August 26, 2013

  • Zahir O.

    Hi. I think this is a great idea. Lets get some activities going...

    August 26, 2013

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