Sport participation in the Netherlands
The Netherlands has over 24,000 sports clubs, with over four million members. However, the number of Dutch people who practise some form of sport every week is actually nine million. This is one of the highest levels of sport participation in the world and the numbers are still (slightly) rising. A crucial goal of NOC*NSF and the sports federations is to promote enjoyment of sport among all Dutch people, regardless of club membership.
Dutch sports federations and clubs focus on the preferences of individual participants, trying to provide the best possible conditions in which everyone can enjoy their sport. Strengthening sports clubs, providing activities that are tailored to demand, creating attractive sports facilities, taking on more and better-paid staff, and promoting cooperation within the local community are all high on the agenda.