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Table 3 Continuation of and changes made to sporting programs by NSFs (2017–2018)

From: Sporting programs aimed at inactive population groups in the Netherlands: factors influencing their long-term sustainability in the organized sports setting

Sporting program Continued by NSF NSF program coordinator Support of NSF to sports clubs (M, K, F, T)a Changes in target group or content after the funding period?
Yakult Start to Run (previously: Start to Run) Yes. Yes. Yes (M, K, F, T). Target group: No. Content: Yes, the duration of the program is now 7 weeks with the test run in week 7. Sometimes, local sports clubs replace the individual training sessions for more guided training sessions. Furthermore, there is a running app (audio coaching) that participants can use for the individual training sessions. Also, the name of the program has changed into Yakult Start to Run. Yakult is the main sponsor of the sporting program and plays an important role in promotion of the program.
Judo in school Yes. No. Yes (M, K). Target group: Yes, the focus is predominantly on children. Content: Yes, judo lessons in school vary from 1 to 8 lessons. Follow-up lessons are mostly at the club.
Through Four Days Marches Yes, but people can only take part in de training program individually. The NSF does not collaborate with walking clubs anymore for the training program. However, walking clubs still offer their own training programs. Yes. No. Target group: No. Content: Yes, the individual training schedules have been improved including interval, power and technical training. Participants can take part in a regional meeting where they get information about their training schedule and the Four Days Marches of Nijmegen (e.g. how to train well, which clothes and shoes to wear). In addition, they can take part in one preparatory walking event. The regional meetings are organized by walking trainers. Participants can only take part in the training program individually. There is no direct link anymore between the national training program and the local training programs that walking clubs (still) offer themselves.
Working by Walking No. N.A. N.A. N.A. The NSF did develop a new program ‘Walking Fit’ using elements of the old program.
Flexible (previously: Trendy Weeks for Masters) Yes, but the changed program has not been implemented yet. No. Yes (M, K, T). Target group: No. Content: Yes, the original themes (e.g. Move on music) are not used anymore. The 8–12 weeks gymnastics classes focus now on condition, power, flexibility and coordination. For example, all flexibility exercises from all old themes are now combined into the theme ‘flexibility’. Also, a trainer course has been developed for the changed program. Finally, the name of the program has been changed into ‘Flexible’ due to confusion about the term ‘Masters’ (which age groups belong to the Masters category?).
Fit Hockey Yes. Yes. Yes (M, K). Target group: No. Content: No.
My Swimming Coach Yes. Yes. Yes (M, K, T). Target group: Yes, the focus is next to recreational swimmers (including adults who swim for health benefits) who swim in a swimming pool also on competitive swimmers and people who swim in open water. Content: Yes, the training schedules and one-day clinics have been adapted to the target groups. Also, the program is expanded with training courses of multiple weeks (e.g. front crawl course).
Thinking and Doing Yes. Yes. Yes (M, K). Target group: Yes, the focus is on adults 60+ years. Content: Yes, the bridge course material is adapted to the older target group (60+). The physical activity component is now an optional component.
Start2Bike (previously: Cycle-Fit) Yes. Yes. Yes (M, K, F, T). Target group: Yes, the focus is more on novice cyclers and less on inactive people. Content: Yes, instead of 6 training sessions of 2 h, the program consists of 4 training sessions of 3 h (the program duration is 4 weeks). The training content itself is the same. Also, the name of the program has changed into Start2Bike, because this name reflects more the learning of cycling techniques.
Cycle & Enjoy Nature No, but sportive cycling clubs still offer the program. N.A. N.A. N.A.
Trio-Triathlon No, because local event organizations/clubs can organize the Trio-Triathlon events themselves now and also do this. N.A. Yes (K).b N.A.
Beach volleyball Yes. Yes. Yes (M, K, T). Target group: Yes, the focus is more on adolescents and (young) adults. Content: Yes, in addition to the existing activities the NSF also organizes the Beachvolleyball circuit (15 weekends from May to August with tournaments). Also, new one-day events are developed, like the ‘Join Volleyball bus’, which visits schools. This bus includes all kinds of (beach volleyball) materials so that people can become acquainted with the sport.
Cool Moves Volley Yes. Yes. Yes (M, K, T). Target group: Yes, first the age group was children from 5 to 12 years. Now the age group is children from 6 to 12 years. The activities were too difficult for children 5 years of age. Content: Yes, there are minor changes in the game rules and technical exercises. Furthermore, Cool Moves Volley is now the official volleyball form to teach children 6 to 12 years the fundamentals of volleyball at volleyball clubs and also the official competition form for this age group.
Ultimate Volley Xperience No. N.A N.A. N.A. An element of de program (side-event) is continued by a commercial organization.
  1. N.A not applicable, NSF National Sports Federation
  2. aSupport of NSF to sports clubs: M materials (e.g. promotional materials, trainer manual), K knowledge/advice, F financial resources, T trainer courses specific for the program
  3. bLocal organizations and clubs can still contact the NSF for advice when they want to organize a Trio-Triathlon event