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Sports participation in the Netherlands 2015-2019, by month

As of October 2019, approximately 65 percent of the respondents answering a survey on sports participation indicated to practice sports four times or more per month in the Netherlands. This is equal compared to the same month in the previous year. Furthermore, both April and May had the highest sports participation rate. Categorizing the sports participation by gender, 69 percent of the male respondents said to do sports four times or more per month versus 65 percent of the female respondents.

Fitness had the highest participation rate

The majority of the individuals participating in sports in the Netherlands does so in a non-organized way. A little more than 50 percent of the Dutch did non-organized sports in 2018, whereas 34 percent said to go to a gym/fitness center and 26 percent was a member of a sports association. As of November 2018, the sports with the highest participation rate was individual fitness with 20 percent of the respondents, whereas 16 percent of individuals hiked for sports.

Participation index of youth sports

Examining the participation index of youth sports, November 2018 saw a slight increase compared to the previous month and indicated an increase in sports participation by youth. The index in November 2018 amounted to 186 (index 2013=100). The highest index number was seen in September 2018 with 213.

Sports participation in the Netherlands from 2015 to 2019, by month*

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

January 2015 to October 2019

Age group

5-80 years

Special properties

total Dutch population

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The numbers provided concern sport participation which is done four times or more per month.

The source does not specify the number of respondents.

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