Jeugdsportfonds creates opportunities for children between the ages of 4 and 18 who come from families that are living on minimum wages, to train at official sports clubs. Thanks to Jeugdsportfonds these children are given the chance to follow their dream in sports. No child should be kept from being able to participate in sports. Therefore, for children whose parents cannot afford to, Jeugdsportfonds pays their contribution fees, sports clothing and other sports equipment necessary. This is how Jeugdsportfonds literally keeps children moving.
One in nine children in the Netherlands lives in poverty. In Rotterdam alone, 20.000 boys and girls live below the poverty threshold. Over 15.500 of them cannot participate in any sports activity and their lives are literally at a standstill because of this social isolation.
HOW DOES JEUGDSPORTFONDS WORK
To help a child being able to attend sports lessons, an amount of € 250 per child per year is needed. This amount is paid directly to the sports club or the sports store. On a yearly basis, this is how Jeugdsportfonds gives over 4500 children in Rotterdam their opportunity to join a sports club.
The strength of Jeugdsportfonds is in the simplicity of the system. Only so called intermediaries can apply for the contribution of a child. These intermediaries are professionally involved in child education, child care, health care or debt services. When parents want their child to have support from the Jeugdsportfonds, they have to contact an intermediary.
LET YOUR MILES COUNT
We are looking for runners who want to get the city moving. Runners who want to help us collect money for children who cannot become a member of a sports club because of their financial situation.
Do you agree that every child should be able to join a sports club? Please donate when registering for the marathon, or by having family, friends, neighbours and business associates sponsor you.
NN FUTURE MATTERS
Future Matters is the overarching Community Investment programme for NN. The focus is on developing relevant skills so youngsters can be more self-reliant and empowered to secure their financial future. We aim to create economic opportunities and support families whose children grow up in difficult financial circumstances.
Our cooperation with Jeugdsportfonds fits seamlessly with Future Matters. Sport connects and helps develop relevant skills, thereby increasing overall opportunities in life. NN wishes to help children gain these opportunities while at the same time bringing the goal of Jeugdsportfonds - that ‘all children should be able to play sports’ - closer.