International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities


The IAKS is a global non-profit organization and source of information about planning, design and management of sports and leisure facilities.
Our network is the meeting place for architects, engineers, clients, designers, local authorities, technical and operative management, sports federations and clubs!

We gather the latest findings and in-depth experience from the fields of sports and leisure facilities and (outdoor) exercise spaces:

  • in specialised seminars and further training events given by highly qualified experts
  • in expertises and documents on highly topical subjects, which can be retrieved online
  • in our specialist magazine sb which reports on exemplary architecture, innovations, products and services from the fields of leisure centres, sports facilities, swimming pools and wellness.


We believe that active living is a fundamental human right and need that enriches the lives of people of different cultures, nations, languages and genders. Activity requires motivating and functional sports and leisure facilities.

We are committed to championing for sustainable and high-quality indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities that are fully inclusive, universally accessible and socially relevant.
We are the leading global non-profit organization for sports and leisure facilities and enable the exchange of planning, design, and operational expertise for professionals from our industry.

We collaborate with international organizations to promote active and meaningful lifestyles and transform communities and urban areas into places of active living.