At the end of 2014, the Department of Health, Welfare and Sports decided that knowledge and innovation in sports required a new impulse. A Topteam Sport was set up with prominent Dutch leaders in business, science, government and sport to draw up a Knowledge and Innovation Agenda Sport for the period of 2015-2022. In this agenda the Topteam argues that knowledge and innovation are beneficial not only for top athletes, recreational sportspeople and people who don’t exercise enough, but can also generate economic, societal, and scientific benefits.

Sportinnovator is the programme for sport innovation and research funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The programme aims to increase the effectiveness of sport innovations and contribute to a more vital society. In a nationwide network of 15 Sportinnovator-centres government, scientists, sportprofessionals and businesses join forces to realise cutting-edge innovations designed to improve results both within professional as well as recreational sports. The network also aims to encourage people to adopt a more active lifestyle. The development of Sport Data Valley contributes to these goals as well. The Sportinnovator programme is led by the Topteam Sport and is supported by ZonMw and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Sportinnovator ecosystem

To turn this ambition into reality the Topteam set up the Sportinnovator programme. Goal will be to set up a profitable ecosystem, in which researchers, entrepreneurs, sports organisations and governmental bodies collaborate on the development of sport knowledge and sport innovations. In a beneficial ecosystem innovative ideas are developed and excellent research projects are conducted, which have a huge impact.

Sport Data Valley

The national programme Sportinnovator is at the core of this ecosystem. Parties join forces in a network of unique Sportinnovator centres, by sharing expertise and data through the communal Sport Data Valley. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports supports the programme through national funding. With Sportinnovator we can increase the return on knowledge and innovation for top sport, recreational sports and our society’s vitality as a whole.

The Topteam would like to invite people to contribute and join the fast evolving network of sports innovators. Your expertise, effort and cooperation will allow us to reach the world’s top when it comes to knowledge and innovation in sports.

Further information:

  • Read Sportfolio Magazine (Winter edition 2018) about Dutch sport innovation projects.
  • Watch Sportinnovator's English video's on YouTube.
  • For further information or help, please contact info@sportinnovator.nl or +31703495480.

The Guide to Sports and Physical Activity in the Netherlands

The Guide to Sports and Physical Activity in the Netherlands has been issued in 2017 for the first time. It is online available for every organisation that needs an overview of the facts and figures of sport and Physical Activity in our country. The Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands (KC Sport NL) collected a wide variety of policy programmes, projects and good examples in sport and physical activity. You can find the Guide here.