Outdoor sports clubs, such as for tennis, athletics, horse riding or golf, derive the majority of their income from contributions, tuition and entrance fees. But at football clubs it is the canteen that brings in the most money. In 2018, almost 40 percent of the total revenues of the football clubs were involved, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
An important part of this can be explained by the fact that football clubs more often have access to a clubhouse or canteen than other associations. "On average 41 percent of all sports clubs had a clubhouse," CBS said. At football clubs that is no less than 94 percent.
In the year under review, all different types of sports clubs, excluding water sports and professionals, raised more than 1.2 billion euros in revenue. More than half of this came from contributions, tuition fees and entrance fees. "Canteen sales are also an important source of income for outdoor sports clubs in particular," says CBS. Fishing clubs are the exception to the rule there.
The total income of the sports clubs and associations has been somewhat stable since 2009. But in 2018 that amount was raised by fewer clubs and fewer members. "In 2018 there were 26,510 sports clubs in the Netherlands with an average of 192 members; in 2009 that number was 28,700 with an average of 196 members." The bulk of the income (82 percent) was generated by outdoor sports clubs and associations, almost 1 billion euros.