According to Wikipedia,  “Approximately 4.5 million of the 16 million people in the Netherlands are registered to one of the 35,000 sports clubs in the country. About two thirds of the population older than 15 years participates in sports weekly”  .

This brings tons of money into the Sport industry, which can be invested for facilities and more.

Even if the weather cannot be defined brilliant in Netherlands, this country produced excellent athletes in several, different sports.

Below: Dutch Olympic medals, 1988-2006 [Source: www.sport.nl ]

Dutch Olympic medals 1988-2006

For instance, a small city like Alkmaar, which covers an area of 31.20 km2, with a population of approx 107.822 units, has an amazing and versatile sport center as the one linked here below [http://www.demeentalkmaar.nl/ ] and photographed as main image of this article .

To promote and maintain healthy sport environments means to feed new generations of healthy people. Netherlands is listed at the 14th place in the world among the Countries with the best life expectancy [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy ].

Sport is important because it teaches the importance of discipline, strategy, team mates, sacrifices, dreaming.

“…I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed…” . Michael Jordan