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3rd of all amateur clubs no longer finds qualified trainers

A third of Dutch amateur clubs can no longer find qualified trainers who can take care of teams. The problems mainly occur in field sports such as hockey or football, according to a survey by the Mulier Institute on Tuesday.

Hundreds of clubs regularly fill in the so-called SBB Monitor of the Mulier Institute. The institute is a research center for sport in the Netherlands.

The problems with finding qualified and skilled trainers have increased over the past two years, according to the figures.

“Most clubs can find enough volunteers,” explains a spokesperson for the institute. “But certainly young people who play sports, like to get better and really learn, for which trainers really need a certain knowledge of the sport and pedagogical skills.”

More and more young people are showing interest in sports clubs

One of the causes of the problem is probably the increasing interest in sports among young people. For example, the number of young people who registered for a hockey, basketball or swimming club increased in recent years. Some clubs have to resort to private agencies that hire skilled trainers, but this is a considerable expense.

The Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) recognizes the trend and also responds to this. “This is indeed a signal that we had already heard from our members,” confirms spokesperson Karien Meuleman.

“A lot of people can keep a team busy for an hour, but the productive transfer of knowledge and the proper explanation of the game and the rules is a profession apart.”

The KNHB will offer members basic training for trainers and coaches. This crash course lasts two days. For example, interested parents can gain basic knowledge about the sport and leading a team. “We hope that such training will also encourage people to continue learning and to invest more time in the training,” Meuleman explains.

The Mulier Institute has also established hope in the government. The Ministry of Sport, the various trade unions, municipalities and the business community signed a sports agreement this summer, which included the intention to make Dutch sports clubs more stable and future-proof in the coming years. “That includes the file of trainers,” the researchers said.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Netherlands counts more than 28,000 official sports clubs where more than five million people practice sport. More than three quarters offers training or lessons that require trained coaches or trainers.


Michel Mulder thinks that abuse destroys thyroid hormone sports

Michel Mulder does not have a good word for skaters who use thyroid hormones to improve their performance. The Olympic champion of 2014 thinks that abuse destroys the skating sport.

On Thursday it was announced that the KNSB had received signals that some skaters – unclear how many and who – use the hormones incorrectly. The product is not on the doping list, but may not be prescribed just like that.

“I think it is ridiculous that as an athlete you go to the medication that you do not need,” says Mulder, who took the Olympic title at 500 meters four years ago, Friday in the Noordhollands Dagblad.

“In addition, I also find it very worrying and regrettable that there are doctors who prescribe this to healthy athletes, and you put your health at risk.”

The KNSB sent all skaters after the Olympic Games in February in Pyeongchang a letter in which the federation warns against the use of thyroid hormones. The union emphasized a doping-free sport.

‘Every top performance is mistrusted’

Mulder, who was sprinting world champion in 2013 and 2014, is disappointed that skaters who abuse the thyroid hormone put the sport in a bad light.

“You’re destroying the sport, now the whole skating world is getting a question mark over his head, and every top performance is being mistrusted, while I do not want a question mark over my head, because I’m operating in the white area.”

Skating coach Johan de Wit, who is the national coach of Japan, does not understand anything about the skaters who misuse the drug and speaks words with the same meaning.

“It makes me sad, not even angry, it’s how it works in sport, it seems like it’s being done in a devious way with the rules,” he says. “If you try to find the limits in this way, even if it is not a doping operation on paper, then you are very hypocritical, and getting rid of it is ridiculous and sad.”

The Dutch Doping Authority has urged the global anti-doping agency WADA for some time to put the thyroid hormone on the list of banned substances, but so far without success. WADA did, however, initiate an investigation into the drug.

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Ziggo Sport invokes broadcasting rights Italian competition & FA Cup

The next three seasons are the Serie A, the Italian football competition, and the FA Cup, the most important English cup tournament, at Ziggo Sport. The pay-TV channel thus extends the range of competitions to six countries.

Ziggo Sport already had the rights of the English Premier League, while the Spanish Primera División is also in the package. With the Italian competition, which was previously seen at Eurosport, and also matches from Belgium, Portugal and Scotland, the number of competitions comes to six.

Director Will Moerer is pleased that Ziggo Sport has won the Serie A. “With the transfer from Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and from Justin Kluivert to AS Roma, the Italian Serie A has become a lot more interesting again, with Serie A suddenly hosting five internationals: Stefan de Vrij, Marten de Roon, Kevin Strootman, Hans Hateboer and now also Kluivert. “

“The purchase of the FA Cup matches reinforces our football programming during the weekends that there is no Premier League football on the program,” Moerer explains, enticing the rights of the famous English cup tournament.

Champions League and Nations League

The pay channel also has the rights of the Champions League. During the group phase, the channel broadcasts a switching program in addition to a live competition at 19:00 from 21:00. It switches between the goals and the biggest chances on the various fields. There are also highlights of the match that is broadcast live on Veronica at that moment.

Ziggo Sport has also acquired the broadcasting rights of the Nations League. That competition for national teams starts in the autumn of 2018. By performing well in the Nations League, countries can qualify for the European Championship 2020.

The analyzes concerning the competitions are provided by Youri Mulder, Jan van Halst, Wim Kieft and Danny Blind.

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Dutch champion trampoline jumping Demmers stops out of fear

Jimmy Demmers stops trampolining, partly due to his increased fear of the risks of the sport. The 25-year-old North Hollander took the individual Dutch title in 2013, 2016 and 2017 and participated in the European Championships two years ago.

“On the way to the European Championship qualification I noticed that the motivation was lacking, the qualification left me cold and that was an unreal feeling,” Demmers explains.

“Gradually I also gained an increased awareness of the risks of the sport, which meant that the uninhibited feeling of jumping and flying was no longer there for me.” Little by little the joy in trampolining popped into fear. “

Demmers has therefore decided to stop. At the last Dutch Championships, he individually took silver and with Roel Teillers gold at the synchron jumping. He did not know how to qualify for this year’s European Championships in Baku.

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