The achievements of such outstanding sportsmen as Jānis Daliņš, Aigars Fadējevs and the Olympic champion Māris Štrombergs made the name Valmiera resonate around the world. Sport bases in the city and its neighbourhood ensure high quality training possibilities for sportsmen and event enjoyment for fans.
There are about 40 sports organizations in Valmiera and one can go in for more than 30 kinds of sports. The favourites are – basketball, football, volleyball, floor-ball, swimming and athletics.
Jānis Daliņš Stadium was opened in 1938 and still it is one of the best athletics and football facilities in Latvia. The President’s Cup in athletics is held there every year in June. Address: J. Daliņa iela 2. Phone: +371 64231211
The nature has created favourable conditions for the development of rowing slalom in Valmiera. The rowing slalom course "Krācītes" – technically the most complete of its kind in the Baltic States – is situated just around the riverbend from the city centre.
Swimming-pool of Valmiera Children and Youth Sports School
Address: Zvaigžņu iela 4; Phone: +371 64235691
Address: Sporta iela 2
Sports Hall of Valmiera Secondary School No 5 with the EU standard basketball court
Address: Raiņa iela 3
Sports Hall of Valmiera Pārgauja Primary School
Address: Meža iela12a
Vidzeme Olympic Centre
Vidzeme Olympic Centre (VOC) is a contemporary venue for sports competitions, training, recreation and cultural events for sportsmen, followers of active lifestyle, sports fans and event spectators. The ice hall has a seating capacity of 532 people and a 58x28 m hockey arena where the Vidzeme Open Championship, VOC Cup and other hockey games are held on a regular basis. The universal hall – the multi functional grounds for sports games, can be divided into several training areas. There are movable platforms for 1496 viewers. The hall can be used for exhibitions, concerts or other events. Fitness club "Spēka Pasaule", public skating-rink, skate rental and hockey equipment store "Hokeja Pasaule" operate in VOC. The massage room and the sauna are excellent places for gaining strength but the Sports Bar – with a view to the ice arena – for refreshments and delicious meals. Next to the Olympic Centre is the hotel "Naktsmājas" www.naktsmajas.lv Address: Rīgas iela 91; Phone: +371 64220660; www.voc.lv
The tourism and sports complex “Baiļi” is famous in Latvia for its downhill skiing slopes. There is a track for BMX nearby. More information: www.baili.lv
Horse riding sports centre in Burtnieki is worth seeing it. One can watch horse riding competitions and other sports activities there. More information: 6 4256433.