Those children, especially the youngest category, have been seriously affected by the corona crisis. In recent weeks there has been a call for help from the gymnastics association KNGU. Director Marieke van der Plas said that he was ‘mad’ about the syrupiness, which looked at her childhood in The Hague, which is 160 thousand children of exercise age.
Gymnasiums are closed. Since March 16, all those little exercise wonders, the boys in the rings and the girls on the beam, have not been put to work by their gym teacher or trainer. Van der Plas pointed to the website of the national government where outdoor sports were given space, where gyms and fitness centers can be opened from 1 July, but where gymnastics was included in the ‘other indoor sports’ that are ‘not yet allowed’.
The gymnastics federation fought, clubs are threatened with a large loss of members, but on Thursday, director Gerard Dielessen of NOCNSF said that in the announcements about the gyms and clubhouses of last week the text about indoor sports had been dropped. On July 1, the youthful gym girls and boys (many free runners) are allowed back into the hall. If Prime Minister Rutte and nuclear cabinet on June 24 at least positively judge the ‘indoor sports protocol’ that NOCNSF will deliver early next week.
The free track for young people, which has been discussed in outdoor sports since 29 April, came to the attention of the National Sports Center Papendal because the main corona effect in sports is the enormous shrinkage of the youth sector. Richard Kaper, responsible for recreational sports at Papendal, came with the April measurement, which showed that the activity of the category from 5 to 12 years had fallen by as much as fifty percent compared to the figure for 2019.
In April of last year, no less than 85 percent of the youngest youth did sports; now in April 2020 that had dropped to 35 percent. NOC chairman Anneke van Zanen called this a disastrous development at Papendal. ‘We went back from half a million to 1.3 million children. That means that suddenly 800,000 children are not exercising ‘, according to the concerned Van Zanen, who has been the president of the sports umbrella for a year.
In the 13-18 age group, there was a drop of 17 percent (77 to 60). The overall figure was also not too bad: of the 10.5 million Dutch people who played sports in April last year, 8.7 million were still active in this spring month.