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The Netherlands

  • Jo LucassenEmail author
  • Marieke Reitsma
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Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 15)

Abstract

The voluntary sports sector is the largest voluntary sector in the Netherlands. Due to the period of pillarization in the 2000s, a sports association boom was established. Volunteers still mainly run sports clubs. However, some elements of voluntary work are changing. Members tend to act more as consumers, and the government tries to incorporate sports organizations in its policy regarding social issues. These changes put pressure on the voluntary sector. However, thousands of people are still active on and around the Dutch sports fields every weekend. They perform different kinds of tasks, varying from administration and management tasks to training, coaching, and arbitrating tasks. Sports associations can remunerate their volunteers by paying them a tax-free volunteer allowance up to 1,500 EUR per year. In addition to the remuneration, many sports clubs have initiatives to retain their volunteers and recruit new ones. The appreciation of volunteers has also become an important issue.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mulier InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands

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