Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands

Making sport more impactful through knowledge

Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands (abbreviated to KCSportNL) aims to strengthen the impact of sport through better use of knowledge and to increase the level of knowledge about sport and physical activity. More knowledge leads to better interventions, more effective programmes and a more competent workplace in sport and physical activity.

KCSportNL works for professionals and volunteers who are looking for extra expertise in the area of sport and the activation of people. This does not mean that KCSportNL works exclusively for the sports sector. It is one of our priorities to make sure that knowledge about sport and activities also reaches governments, healthcare professionals, labour unions and employer organisations, national or regional knowledge organisations, and other public organisations and businesses.


More about the organisation

KCSportNL is an independent knowledge institute and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS). We collaborate on sport and on other areas with the sectors’ most relevant knowledge institutes. KCSportNL is a member of a number of international networks, such as Tafisa and HEPA, and participates in European cooperation projects.


KCSportNL not only collects information and data, but also makes these available to a large audience: our website (in Dutch only), for example, provides the answer to a wide range of questions, such as: ‘What can I do to help prevent injuries?’ or ‘How can sport and health care prevent obesity?’.

We have organised meetings and events on top sports and grassroots sports. Over the year, we have published reports and developed programmes on a wide range of topics. From tips and tricks to engage adolescents in sport during puberty to programmes that focus on sport and PA for disabled people. Furthermore, we are responsible for issuing Sportfolio, which can also be found in the English part of our website.

Board of Directors

Bert van Oostveen and Willemijn Baken

Supervisory Board

  • Marcel Wintels, voorzitter
  • Jessica Gal
  • John Maassen
  • Mark Boumans
  • Wiesje van der Weide


Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands has an excellent overview of the sport sector in the Netherlands. As an independent organisation, we can serve as your gateway to the Netherlands. We can help you to get in contact with successful projects and effective interventions. We are also interested to learn more about your good practices, knowledge and effective programmes.