Sports Department

The Sports Department creates the conditions for Stockholmers to have the opportunity to be physically active. Our vision is a Stockholm where everyone is willing and able to be active.

The Sports Department’s brief can be briefly described as opening up the City as an arena and offering Stockholmers a wide variety of opportunities for sport and exercise so they can enjoy a more active lifestyle.

In practice, this means that

  • we take care of the operation of sports halls, pitches for ball games, skating rinks, sports grounds, swimming pools, outdoor gyms, school sports halls, equestrian facilities, ski centres, and much more besides
  • we create good conditions for sports associations at our existing sports facilities and analyse the need for new sports facilities through a long-term investment plan
  • we support associations through financial support and offer free or subsidised rents (rates) for our sports facilities, primarily for children’s and youth activities
  • we are the City’s dialogue partner with all sports associations and regional sports federations, in both grass-roots and elite sports issues
  • we are the City’s point of contact in matters relating to active outdoor life, boating and recreational fishing
  • we coordinate both large and small sporting events and lease our sports facilities on an ongoing basis to various event organisers
  • we organise leisure activities for children and young people, and for some adults with disabilities.

The elected representatives on the Sports Committee make decisions on how the City should work in this area. The Sports Department then implements the Committee’s decisions.


The work of the Sports Department is led by Head of Department Marina Högland. The Department consists of a strategic function that reports directly to the Director of Department.

There is also an Administrative Division and two divisions with responsibility for sports activities in each area, indoors and outdoors.

Outdoor Sports Activities Division

The Division consists of two areas, East and West, where the Department’s outdoor sports facilities are located.

The Division is also responsible for operational outdoor recreation issues, management of boating, association-run facilities, fish conservation and vehicle responsibility.

Indoor Sports Activities Division

The Division consists of four areas: Swimming Pools North, Swimming Pools South, Sports Halls and Mobile Supervision.

The Division is responsible for all operational management of the Sports Department’s indoor facilities, which include swimming pools, outdoor swimming pools, sports halls and mobile supervision. 

The Division is also responsible for the Department’s swimming proficiency activities, wellness activities, course activities, activities involving overnight stays and elements of the Department’s safety work.

Administrative Division

The Administrative Division consists of five units. The Division also has a legal counsel, executive secretary and secretary to the committee and councils.
The Division’s specialist areas are finance, agreements, purchasing, booking, association support and control, internal control, budget process, IT, telephony, information security, data protection, communication, events, environment and energy, registry, committee and council secretariat, archives and administrative office.
The joint brief is to assume responsibility for strategic and operational work within each area of responsibility, coordinate processes, provide support and advice, and to identify needs and develop.