DrWith more than 50 million euros remaining in state aid to be used for professional clubs in need, the federal government wants to combat the loss of members, which affects many of Germany’s 90,000 sports clubs due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.
“We want to make a new start in sport,” Interior Minister Nancy Wieser, who is responsible for sport, said after visiting the Berlin Sports Committee on Wednesday. In particular they are having a hard time finding memberships. We want to support them and, as we have agreed with the federal states, to be pioneers at the federal level for a large program that we want to set up with DOSB and DFB and hopefully also with media partners.
As the state governments of Hamburg and Bavaria already do, prospective club members should be encouraged to play sports in the club using vouchers.
DOSB demands top movement
But for the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB), the financial injection alone is not enough. Sports policy of the federal government must fundamentally change, not only with regard to the health consequences of the restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic.
Pediatrician and president of the Children’s Gymnastics Foundation, Kirsten Halls, called DOSB, of which she serves as vice chair, before the athletic commission that the federal government is inviting people to attend an exercise summit and be sponsored by the federal counsel. . It’s about sending a strong signal and creating a new awareness that promoting physical activity is a societal task.
So far, the federal government has seen its responsibility in sport primarily in the promotion of high-level sport. The Ministry of the Interior, which is responsible for this, provides about 300 million euros annually for this. Responsibility for team sports rests with the federal states.
In the person of Kerstin Holze, DOSB called for the creation of a central contact for team sports and proposed a department for the promotion of physical activity in the federal health ministry or a commissioner for the development of sports in the federal government. Promoting physical activity goes beyond supporting clubs and associations.
“We need a national health goal of reducing lack of exercise,” Ms Halls said, according to the letter. The committee met behind closed doors. Such a perspective creates the basis for the systematic implementation of physical activity promotion if it is supported by all relevant actors in health promotion and prevention.
In addition, the 90,000 sports clubs must be recognized as independent living environments. This is necessary to enable them, in accordance with the definition in the Prevention Act and the guidelines for statutory health insurance companies, to apply for preventive measures on equal terms and with primary responsibility and to cooperate with health insurance companies.
Holz called for support of the nationwide training campaign in sports. She has been remarkably open in admitting that even before the pandemic, education and training in the sport was often not enough. In addition, there has been a backlog of training in the past two years. Qualified coaches and coaches are a guarantee of good club performances; These get people to join gyms and stay there.
Even returning to the status quo of pre-pandemic sports and exercise will not be enough to make up for the deficit. The resources provided by organized sport are not sufficient to meet the increasing challenges, including adequate care for those affected by the prolonged Covid disease. Even before the pandemic restrictions, 42 percent of adults and about three-quarters of children and young adults in Germany were not moving enough.
According to a study of more than 48,000 adults, physically active people with an average level of fitness are significantly less likely to be treated in hospital or intensive care due to Covid 19 infection or its consequences. For the increasing number of people affected by Long Covid, it is important to provide low-threshold sports activities after their care in Long Covid rehabilitation clinics and outpatient clinics. In addition to the expansion of rehabilitation sports, performances of low intensity are needed.