Sport participation in The Netherlands
The Netherlands has almost 24,000 sports clubs, with over five million members. However, the number of Dutch people who practise some form of sport every week is actually ten million. This is one of the highest levels of sport participation in the world.
Increasing sports participation is a crucial goal of NOC*NSF and the Dutch governing bodies. However, creating circumstances and facilities for Dutch people to enjoy sport and to have fun while practicing sport regardless of club membership, financial or social background is an even higher goal for NOC*NSF and its members. We believe that sport should be for everyone and should not exclude anyone.