Sports and recreation form an extremely important part of leisure time and a represent a human need that is all too often lost in the pace of modern life.
The goal of engaging in sports and recreational activities is for the citizens to gain and use knowledge, skills and habits in doing various forms of physical activity, and for exercise to become a cultural need for the improvement and preservation of health and for the improvement of the overall quality of life. There are 110 sport recreation clubs/associations in the County, and it is estimated that around 10 percent of active citizens are involved in sports and recreational programmes, which is still below European standards and needs.
The natural diversity and the favourable climate of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County provide opportunities for engaging in all types of sport and recreational activities including water sports and winter sports. Therefore, the construction of sports and recreational infrastructure represents one of the bases for the overall development and progress of sport in the County, with more people engaging in sport and recreation.
Among the most important sports facilities in the County that are already in use are the Kantrida Swimming Pools, Kantrida Football Stadium, Kantrida Athletics Hall, sports halls in numerous cities and municipalities, the Platak picnic resort and other resorts, Grobnik motordrome and many others.
Since sport and recreation facilities are unevenly distributed in the County, there is a need for the construction of new facilities as presented by this Catalogue, most significant of which are Platak Regional Recreational Sports and Tourist Centre, Grobnik Motordrome, Grobnik International Shooting Centre, projects for ski slopes, sport and recreation centres, the adrenaline park and water sports centre, sport hall and many others.