Huis voor de Sport Groningen, an organisation in the northeast of the Netherlands, has received a subsidy from the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle among Sabans in the next two years.
Saba has a relatively high percentage of unhealthy persons among its almost 1,950 residents, and many have an inactive lifestyle. The island is lacking in a social and organised sports culture, according to health specialists.
Huis voor Sport was selected to carry out the Saba project because the organisation has been very successful with its so-called “Intervention Sports Village” project. Under this project sports coordinators were assigned to several villages to renew sports on offer in consultation with the sports associations. In this way, 10 villages in Groningen province were taken “on the move.” Nationwide, 69 Dutch municipalities participated in the project.
Mark Mulder of Huis voor de Sport Groningen (House for Sport Groningen) expects that workers of his organisation will play a role in the coordination and execution of the project on Saba. Many tasks will, however, be executed from a distance, he told Dutch-language Dagblad van het Noorden newspaper.
Mulder thinks Saba can be provided with a better sport infrastructure. There is no fear for a financial debacle as a fixed amount has been made available for the next two years.
The Daily Herald.