According to a recent Eurostat study, Luxembourgers are only in the European average in terms of sports practice. However, the facilities and sports equipment place the Grand Duchy at the top of the podium, because the sports facilities are numerous, generally of good quality and especially modern.
Indeed, the Luxembourg government attaches great importance to building new infrastructure. These achievements are aimed at providing the sports movement with training and competition conditions more adapted to the requirements of modern sport. The last blow is the national football/rugby stadium located in the belt of the City of Luxembourg.
Other major sports facilities that characterize the world of national sport are the National Sports Institute (INS), the National Sports and Cultural Center of Coque, the nautical base in Lultzhausen, the Kockelscheuer ice rink, as well as the future velodrome that will host cyclists in Mondorf-les-Bains. Below that, Luxembourg also has a national network of 23 bicycle paths that covers some 900km.
Among the flagship sports infrastructure projects is the new football / rugby stadium built on a site between the Cloche d'Or and Kockelscheuer. Once completed and operational, this new arena should accommodate some 10,000 people, obviously sitting on covered seats. VIP areas, kiosks, press rooms and a business club with kitchen are also planned in this brand new building. All this, surrounded by an envelope covered with diamond-shaped metal elements, will make this sports field one of the most modern and modular in the Greater Region.
Completed in 2020, the Luxembourg stadium, built in accordance with FIFA / UEFA standards (stadium category 4) and World Rugby standards, should also enhance the image of the city or country as a modern and attractive destination.
The National Sports Institute (INS)
For aspiring athletes, the INS is the ideal place to develop their sporting talent. Because this training and education centre is mainly for young people, trainees and teams. It allows them to train in professional conditions. The INS also provides sports and recreation facilities to the Sportlycée during school periods.
The INS includes several sports halls, an athletics stadium, a synthetic football field, a multipurpose fitness room, combat and amateur dance hall for amateurs as well as beach volleyball courts.
La Coque regularly welcomes classes and groups of young people to participate in sports and leisure activities.
The nautical base Lultzhausen: education through sport
The National Sports and Cultural Centre (Coque)
One of the biggest sports centres in the Grand Duchy is located in Kirchberg just a stone's throw from the city center. This is the National Sports and Cultural Center commonly known as the Coque.
In the heart of this beautiful building, which has the shape of a scallop shell, is a large aquatic center, including a competition Olympic pool, an initiation pool, a pool, paddling pools, a diving tower and a diving pit.
In addition to its function as a sports centre, the Coque is used for major sporting and cultural events and also as a conference centre. The arena of 4,300 square meters can accommodate some 8,000 people.
Nautical base in Lultzhausen
The nautical base Lultzhausen allows school classes and groups of young people to discover water sports and outdoor activities. Under the motto "sports discovery", "education through sport" and "promotion of healthy lifestyles", programs in these areas are offered to school classes and youth groups. Teachers, educators and coaches can also take courses in sports discovery, education through sport and promotion of healthy lifestyles and competitive sport.
In 2018, courses for school classes and youth groups have been offered in canoeing, geocaching, kayaking, stand-up paddling, sailing, mountain biking, orienteering, rafting and climbing.
During the 2017/2018 school year, the centre hosted a total of 126 classes and 60 youth groups with a total of 4,474 unique participants.
Kockelscheuer Ice Rink
Luxembourg's largest ice rink is located in Kockelscheuer on the outskirts of the city. It is public, covered and open all year round. More than 125,000 visitors regularly make their rounds here.
Visitors have the opportunity to rent skates on site and helmets. The cafeteria offers refreshments and snacks.
A project that currently exists only on paper is the national velodrome. It is in the birthplace of the Schleck brothers in Mondorf-les-Bains opposite the future European School that it will be built. The 250-metre long and 7-metre wide wooden track is at the heart of this large sports complex, which hosts a swimming pool, a multisport hall, tennis courts as well as commercial areas.
The velodrome, whose construction will begin in 2020, will cost around 60 million euros.