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Tiina Tuulasvaara-Kaleva

Hunting and fishing were popular hobbies of the gentry, for the working population they meant vital additional food for a long time into the twentieth century. The city's first sports club, Tampere hunting club, was founded already in the 1870s.

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The gentry also had their own yacht clubs, whose regulations were strict in terms of both manners and clothing. The gymnastics clubs gradually developed into real sports clubs, the most renowned of them being Pyrintö, founded in the 1890s. Winter sports like skiing and skating were popular in the beginning of the twentieth century. In team sports ice hockey became an emotionally loaded sport for the townspeople since the 1930s. At best Finland's premier ice hockey league had three Tampere teams: Ilves, Tappara, and Koo-Vee.

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Varala sports institute was built by the Pyynikki ridge already in 1908 to promote women's physical exercise. Factories founded their own sports clubs for women, and the clubs competed for example in group gymnastics. Since the 1930s motor sports attracted enthusiastic spectators to see motorbikes drive around Pyynikki and cars drive around Näsijärvi.

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