One third of the Dutch have less sport since the start of the corona crisis

That is the reason for two thirds of the Dutch who have started exercising less. This reason is mentioned even more among young people up to the age of 18 (71 percent), according to research conducted on behalf of the sports umbrella organization NOC * NSF.

Started exercising

There is also a group that has just started exercising or started exercising more because of the corona virus. This concerns 13 percent of the Dutch. Walking (15 percent), running (14 percent), and fitness (13 percent) are the most popular among that group. As the main reasons people argue that they want to stay fit and healthy to maintain weight.

“Fortunately, a large group of Dutch people know how to organize sufficient sports and exercise activities in their daily routine”, says Gerard Dielessen, general director of NOC * NSF.

But there is also a very large group of Dutch people who ‘really need a sports club to get moving’, says Dielessen. “Where they receive sports lessons in their usual way from a trainer, can train in a team and play matches. In that group the motivation to play sports disappears as soon as the sports clubs have to close their doors or are only allowed to open very limited as now.”

Membership under pressure

NOC * NSF reports that the investigation further shows that membership of sports clubs is coming under pressure. More than half of the Dutch indicate that they want to continue to pay the contribution in 2021. One in four people does expect a contribution reduction. 8 percent say they will cancel their membership if the current situation continues into the new year.

Research agency Ipsos carries out the ‘Sport Participation Index’ every month on behalf of NOC * NSF. In this study, at least 3000 Dutch people are asked every month whether they have exercised in the past month, which sports they are and how often.

For the report “Sports Behavior and Effects of the Corona Pandemic” published today, additional questions were asked about adaptation in sports behavior, the lack of sports and the payment of membership.


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