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. 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.
To help a child being able to attend sports lessons, an amount of € 225 per child per year is needed. This amount is paid directly to the sports club. 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.