The Netherlands has about 25 thousand sports clubs. Over 5 million Dutch people are members of one or more of these associations. Based on these memberships, this top 10 list has been compiled. Which sports federations have most members? It should be mentioned that there are other sports that you can do on your own and you do not have to be a member of a sports federation. Running in particular is a very popular sport in the Netherlands. Most likely, the number of runners in Dutch is much greater than the number of footballers (the number 1 of this list). However, you can not count this accurately.However, an estimate of 2.4 million Dutch runners is estimated. And one thing is certain: Running is becoming more and more popular, the number of runners continues to grow.
The Dutch Volleyball Bond (KVB) has more than 115 thousand members. This bond is also called Nevobo and is responsible for all national volleyball teams in the Netherlands. These are spread over over 1000 volleyball associations. Our national volleyball team has been doing it for years. This applies to both ladies and gentlemen. Gaining the gold medal by the gentlemen at the Atlanta Games of Atlanta was even elected to the 20th Century Sports Moment.
The membership of the Royal Netherlands Swimming Pool (KNZB) is approximately 140 thousand. All swimming sports are housed in this country: swimming pools, water polo, open-water swimming, synchronous swimming and jumping. These are distributed among about 440 swimming associations.The KNZB has also set up two talent centers, namely the National Zweminstituut Amsterdam and the National Zweminstituut Eindhoven. Jacco Verhaeren is in charge of both institutes. Many medals have already been achieved by the talents trained here. Inge de Bruijn, Pieter van der Hoogenband and Ranomi Kromowidjojo are examples of this.
Over 140 thousand members count the (Royal Dutch) Athletics Union. And this number increases almost every year. The members are divided between a small 300 associations. The sports athletics feature the following components: walking sections, obstacle rides, quick walking, estafettes, jumpers, throwing parts and multi-combat.
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There are more than 200 thousand members in the Royal Dutch Hippic Sport Federation (KNHS). This includes more than 1200 associations. Competitions are organized for the following items: dressage, jumping, eventing, men, sporting, reining, full and endurance. Especially our Anky van Grunsven has scored well in this sport. She became a triple Olympic champion. She even achieved most Olympic medals in Dutch sports history.
The Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) has more than 250 thousand members. Under this bond both field and hall hockey is practiced. There are 315 hockey clubs attached to this bond. The orange ladies and gentlemen have done both of them well, but it is especially the ladies who have already taken a lot of gold medals. They won gold on the Olympic Games three times, eight times gold on one EK and eight times gold on a World Cup.
More than 300 thousand members count the Royal Dutch Gymnastics Union (KNGU). Not only the sports tournaments fall under this union, including acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, toddler and toddler gymnastics, gymnastics for the elderly, street dance, jazz dance, freerunning, group jumping and trampoline jumping are part of it. They are divided into many associations. In our country we currently know two tops in the world of turn, namely Jeffrey Wammes and Yuri van Gelder.
The Royal Netherlands Gulf Federation (KNGF) has nearly 400 thousand members. They are divided into about 300 associations. You can have a golf club membership for golf or recreation. You can then go on a variety of courses for a game of golf in the wild. The KNGF also has a training for golf professionals. To qualify for this, candidates can participate in a round of 18 holes in two days. In addition, they are observed. The selected students then follow a two-year program to B-Professional.
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR SPORTS IN THE NETHERLANDS
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Sport fishing is run by over 570 thousand members. This is done through the Federation Sportvisserij Nederland. This federation covers 900 local fishing associations and regional federations. Through this organization you can receive a VIS Pass, which allows you to fish in the waters (listed on a special list).You can also participate in game fishing and subscribe to the Visblad, which has everything in the field of sport fishing. In addition, there is the annual Studio Fish TV, the Dutch talk program on sport fishing, which can be seen every year for several weeks. Currently the fourth season is broadcast (Sunday morning 9.00 RTL7). And have you seen ” Big Fish Klaas ” (van der Eerden)? He travels for his program (Monday evening 22.10 NPO 3) with fishing BNsers to the most beautiful fishing spots in the world.
The Royal Dutch Lawn Tennis Bond (KNLTB) is about 600 thousand members rich. These members are connected to about 1700 associations. They are organizing the Dutch Tennis Eredivisie, but are also involved in the organization of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Hopman Cup and the Wheelchair Tennis Masters. Of course, everyone is thinking of Richard Krajicek right away if you need to name a well-known Dutch tennis player. But there have been more (been). Here they are in a row .
How is it different? Football is doted at the number 1 position of this list. The sport is run by the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) by over 1.2 million members. In addition to field football, the following types of football are included: soccer, street football, beach football, school football, 45+ football and G soccer (for mental and physical impairments). National competitions, cup tournaments, the football industry and the coordination of national teams are organized and / or coordinated by the KNVB. There are over 3000 football clubs. The clubs play in the division, first division, second division, third division, main class or 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade. We will not have the national football team. It is hoped that there will be more talents in the future. Those are stuck between all those members!
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR SPORTS IN THE NETHERLANDS