Sports have always been a major part of the city life. Over thirty sports and leisure clubs offer athletics, basketball, football, rowing, canoeing, volleyball, chess, speedway and many more. Many Olympic as well as World and European Championships medallists come from Bydgoszcz.

Organisers of international sports events regard Bydgoszcz to be a city of efficient and professional work ethics.Water sports, canoeing and rowing,with a pre-war tradition, constitute one of its trademarks. Men basketball, women volleyball and Volleyball World League competitions, held in a top-class entertainment and sports hall, attract crowds of devoted fans.