The Dutch are getting heavier, children have fewer motor skills, the elderly feel lonely and employees report sick increasingly often. In addition, the pressure on budgets for health and prevention is high.
Knowledge is needed for solutions to these issues in the area of health and society. Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands (Kenniscentrum Sport) has all the knowledge about sports and exercise. Applied knowledge with quality that is current and innovative. In response to your questions. We love sports and exercise, and are completely committed with head and heart.
With effect from 1 January 2016, the Netherlands Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (NISB) and Unlimited Sport Netherlands (Onbeperkt Sportief) formed the two pillars of the new Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands (Kenniscentrum Sport). In recent years they have learned that the use of knowledge leads to better interventions, more effective programmes and a more competent workplace. Together with several partners, we want to increase the impact of sports and physical activity.
More impact through knowledge
Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands is committed to the application of practical and scientific knowledge in the field of sports and exercise. With this knowledge, we can improve the economic and social impact of sports: the right knowledge enables faster rehabilitation or lower absenteeism, more participation of people with disabilities, skilled trainers and coaches or – for top athletes – the tiny difference between “medal or no medal”. And for everyone, responsible physical activity and injury prevention ensures that we (continue to) move healthily and pleasurably.
The urgency of working in a more knowledge-based way
The urgency of working in a more knowledge-based way in our field is great. On the one hand, the social and health challenges are greater than ever (obesity, social participation, absenteeism) and on the other hand, budgets are under pressure. Municipalities, healthcare professionals, sports associations, other professionals and volunteers are therefore faced with the challenge of getting more out of sports and physical activity. We can see that the necessary (scientific) knowledge for this is not available or is only fragmentary, and has limited use in the workplace. And we see a sector that is traditionally used to “dealing with it” and getting by with its “own experience”. The wheel is being reinvented too often.We have found in recent years that use of knowledge leads to better interventions, more effective programmes and a more competent workplace.
Increasing knowledge by sharing, development and application
Relevant knowledge arises both in science and in practice. By working together and applying knowledge, new insights arise and scientific knowledge is validated and enriched. Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands is therefore strongly anchored in regional and national networks of government, research and education, healthcare and sports clubs. We share knowledge with researchers and professionals and also with general public: anyone in the Netherlands with questions about sports and exercise receives a solid, well substantiated answer from usn.
Impact requires connection, objectivity, innovation and inspiration as core values
Our mission to increase the impact of sports and physical activity through knowledge, requires a number of clear values (that characterise our behaviour and on which anyone can challenge us):
- connecting: we connect knowledge and people to develop and apply knowledge;
- objective: we stand by the quality of our knowledge and we are independent;
- innovative: we are constantly looking for new discoveries and current knowledge;
- inspired: we love sports and physical activity, and are completely committed with “head and heart”.
The future of Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands
The Netherlands Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (NISB) and Unlimited Sport Netherlands started Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands with a basic (knowledge) mission. We are trying to get other knowledge partners in the professional field to join us in the years to come. So we work together to further make an impact on sport and physical activity.
Our office in Ede is run according to the principles of Alternative Workplace Strategies. We are on the move and our work is too. Mobility and flexwork are key concepts.
Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands is working on constant innovation, improvement, high quality and satisfaction for users and knowledge providers. We apply the principles of a High Performance Organisation in our approach, and want to be a flexible organisation. The new ways of working, self-direction, a broader, flexible workforce and the training of interns and trainees reflects this. We believe that quality of staff and leadership is important. Our culture is open and action-oriented. Furthermore, we strive for improvement and innovation; we provide feedback and request feedback. Co-creation: our output is achieved in collaboration with others.