Home
German Restart Program Shows Promising Results for Club Sports
https://www.sportanddev.org/latest/news/german-restart-program-shows-promising-results-club-sports
Share
 
The URL has been copied
https://www.sportanddev.org/latest/news/german-restart-program-shows-promising-results-club-sports
Share
 
The URL has been copied
restart
As part of a program backed by the German government, sports clubs have been given new life so that more Germans can join. After a slow return from the pandemic, the initiative was part of "Sports Moves Germany" (Sport bewegt Deutschland), a campaign to improve German people’s mental and physical health through participation in sport. The “ReStart Program” aims to lead the way with a set of initiatives that will bring communities together across the country.
This article was originally published on Beyond Sport. View the orginal article.

Developed in 2022, the ReStart program and its complementary exercise campaign “Your Club: Sport, Simply Better” was created in collaboration with the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) and the Federal Ministry of Interior and Homeland to stimulate social and financial recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal was re-engage people in physical activity, build interest in club sports, develop more and increase training for coaches and referees.

Aid was distributed through a voucher system called the "Free (Return) to the Club - Sports Club Voucher." For a limited time, citizens received free membership to a club of their choice and, in turn, the club was reimbursed €40 for each voucher. The incentive increased the enrollment of athletes and nonathletes to clubs affected by the pandemic, which was essential to their recovery.

"I am impressed by the number of people we have reached in such a short time with the ReStart program in cooperation with the DOSB,” shared Minister of the Interior and Sport Nancy Faeser. “We have managed to get a lot of people involved in sports. All 150,000 vouchers for free club memberships [were] used, which is a great success. In this way, we were able to give society a strong boost in difficult times. Sport is not only fun, it also promotes a healthy lifestyle. Sport, especially in clubs, helps to keep our society together.”

Efforts were also taken to improve visibility and ease access to club sports in Germany through the creation of an online "movement map" (BeLa), which currently highlights nearly 75,000 events. Additionally, creating more open places and public green areas for the public was a goal. 50 “sports boxes “with equipment and games were installed throughout the country in collaboration with individual clubs.

Altogether, clubs and groups have had about 500,000 players and more than 30,000 new members. "What we have achieved with ReStart, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, is of great value for an active and healthy society. It's fantastic to see how individuals, clubs, and associations have embraced each of the activities,” stated DOSB President Thomas Weikert. “We can and must build on this success in the future."

Authors

Outreach Manager, Beyond Sport

Tags

Country
Germany
Region
Europe
Sport
All sports
Sustainable Development Goals
3 - Good health and well-being
Themes
Target Group
All target groups

Related Articles

Taekwondo students in a Brazilian favela

Sports Spark Hope in Rio's Communities at UN "GameChangers" Side Event

Jadir Taekwondo Association
https://www.sportanddev.org/latest/news/sports-spark-hope-rios-communities-un-gamechangers-side-event
 
The URL has been copied
boy holding table tennis paddle

Final 5 selected projects of Dream Building Fund 2023 powered by GSD released

https://www.sportanddev.org/latest/news/final-5-selected-projects-dream-building-fund-2023-powered-gsd-released
 
The URL has been copied
Pivotal Forum Held at the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024

Pivotal Forum Held at the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024

Nick Dawes
https://www.sportanddev.org/latest/news/pivotal-forum-held-world-aquatics-championships-doha-2024
 
The URL has been copied
ugandan football event

How can a participatory approach make your organisation more effective?

Thomas Harris
https://www.sportanddev.org/latest/news/how-can-participatory-approach-make-your-organisation-more-effective
 
The URL has been copied