Amateur sport marred by aggression in Netherlands

5th September 2008, Comments 1 comment

One in four Dutch people involved in a sporting activity has experienced anti-social behaviour, says research.

5 September 2008

THE NETHERLANDS -- Research by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau shows that one in four Dutch people involved in a sporting activity has experienced anti-social behaviour.

They have witnessed or been victims of threatening behaviour, physical violence, abusive language, harassment or discrimination. The researchers say the problem is worst in team sports, particularly football.

When choosing a sport, perceptions of aggression influence the choice of 50 percent of Dutch people.

The findings also reveal that most people decide to give up sports, citing moving house or lack of time as reasons over acts of aggression.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • Michael posted:

    on 8th September 2008, 10:26:38 - Reply

    If you want to try a competitive team sport that does not have anti-social behaviour, then try ultimate frisbee. While being as physically and athletically challenging as any other sport, it is self-refereed and promotes respect for opponents and team-mates alike.
    Non-students: http://www.crunch-ultimate.net/
    Students: http://www.ultimatenuts.nl/