Stuttgart’s largest sports centre
The NeckarPark is one of the largest sports areas of the state capital, hosting numerous sports facilities. The Mercedes-Benz Arena, which was made a dedicated football stadium in 2011, is where the VfB Stuttgart plays its home games. The new sports event arena SCHARRena aims especially at offering better development possibilities for aspiring forms of sports. The Stuttgart women’s federal league volleyball team has been playing in the SCHARRena since it first opened its gates. Starting with the 2011/2012 season, the women’s federal league of the handball player community HV Stuttgarter Kickers/Sindelfingen have been playing their games here, as well as the first male handball team of the HV Stuttgarter Kickers, which competes in the third league.
Early sports promotion for children
Local sports associations in the Stuttgart region offer many different kinds of assistance, such as allowing outstanding talents to attend the VfB football school. They conduct Germany-wide football camps and provide weekly training course assistance for new entrants and club players. The offering is conceived for girls and boys aged from five to fourteen years. Apart from bringing these young people pleasure and enjoyment in football, the programme promotes values such as fairness, team spirit and good social behaviour.
The VfB Youth Academy, located directly next to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is future-oriented. Eighteen especially hopeful football talents from the ranks of the 180 youth players receive optimal allround mentoring here.
At the Olympic base Stuttgart, top and up-coming talents train in 15 types of sports. The competence centre provides consultation for the athletes in the fields of sport medicine, physiotherapeutics and scientific and social training.Moreover, the non-profit organisation “PRO SPORT Region Stuttgart”, a private initiative of companies and business people from throughout the region, was founded in 2011. Its declared objective is to support promising young athletes in attaining the international pinnacle of their sports, especially in the form of assistance for Olympic and Paralympic sports which are generally sidelined in terms of financing. The idea here is to make it possible for these young people to practice their desired sports while simultaneously pursuing vocational training or university studies, without having to neglect their sports career due to financial hardship.