The traditional way of doing sports in Germany is out-dated while a modern alternative has not been thought of…so far. Old-fashioned sports clubs with their inflexible contracts make the Urban Sports Club an essential addition to the obsolescent sports club landscape in Germany. Lots of possibilities come along with it, just check them out:
We offer a flatrate to sports venues all over the city, basically a super sports flatrate. With one membership you get access to all of our more than 35 partner venues. Our members can choose freely between more than 15 types of sports from fitness to yoga/pilates, rock climbing/bouldering, team sports such as football and beach volleyball to dancing courses and much more. Everything included in one membership. And as we hate long-term contracts (in German so-called “Knebelverträge”) we introduced short time contracts, which can be cancelled on a monthly basis. In addition, we organise several sports leagues, such as the Startup Liga.
The Startup Liga is a two-month football liga for startups and friends. The last edition Zalando just won a couple of weeks ago. The focus is explicitly not on the competition but rather on having fun together while doing sports and networking on and off the pitch. The Fall season of the leagues is just around the corner: On 6th of October we just started a Beach Volleyball Liga and on 8th/9th and 10th of October three Football Ligas are starting.
Everybody is more than welcome to join the Urban Sports Club! You can join as an individual but we also offer special company deals. In our experience lots of companies would love to support the sports of their employees but find it quite difficult to do so: one employee wants fitness, the other football, the next yoga and so on. We take out all complexity by offering a one-stop company sports solution with lots of sports, lots of venues and hardly any hassle for the company.
Benjamin and I were both working in consultancy before but we both wanted to do something else such as building up a startup. Benjamin had previously founded a startup focusing on football and enabling people to organize themselves to play. As we are both very much into sports we thought about different models and in the end developed the original concept further into our comprehensive sports package that we now offer.
Really good. We went live with our sports offer roughly six months ago and since then have gained several hundred members - roughly half individual members and half company clients. In terms of partner sports venues, we have now almost 40 venues and are continuously adding new venues. The feedback we get from our members is also quite amazing. Particularly the social aspect of the Urban Sports Club -meeting new like-minded people- is extremely important to our members; even more so than we had previously expected.
In the very short term (this and next week) our main focus is finalising our new sports ligas as I mentioned before - there are still three open spots for the football ligas.
More fundamentally our focus lies on attracting more customers and partner venues in Berlin. The next step will then be the rollout to more cities across Germany. In the long-term view our plan is to expand to other European countries.
Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.
This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!
Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by.