It’s not easy for sports clubs to give all the teams a space to train these days. It is notable, among others, the KNHB hockey association. The curfew and age limit for group sports lead to puzzles among sports clubs.
“Of course, we already had to take into account the curfew and now it is also allowed to play group sports until the age of 27. Everyone is very happy about it, but it’s a bit a headache for the clubs, ”said a spokesperson for the hockey association.
Many senior teams often train late at night. Due to the curfew, many associations are now trying to give these training courses a place alongside the training of youth teams. “And now we use Saturday and Sunday a lot. These days there are normally matches, but they are not allowed yet. Clubs can use this space for training,” said the door. word of the KNHB.
Few questions have been received from clubs about the age limit, according to the spokesperson. “It’s not a very logical limit and it’s sad that players 27 and over still have to train in pairs as much as possible, but the rule is clear to everyone. Hopefully things will change soon. “
Protocol-compliant sports should give more space
The KNKV korfball association believes that more space should be created quickly for athletes. The association wants more space for athletes aged 27 and over and for indoor sports. Data shows it is possible, the union says. In addition, the sport must be practiced according to a protocol derived from that of high-level sports competitions, says KNKV director Kees Rodenburg.
According to Rodenburg, it is safe to play a sport according to this protocol, according to data from the Korfball League, the highest korfball competition in the Netherlands. It started again in mid-January.
“Of course, the KNKV realizes that it is not yet possible to play the whole competition in all classes”, continues Rodenburg. “The Korfball League is only about six of the three thousand korfball matches each week. The increased travel can only be achieved if the number of new infections drops significantly.”
At KNKV they have a competition on the field and in the hall. The union hopes the cabinet will decide on March 8 to re-authorize field training, also for athletes aged 27 and over. “Who knows what is possible next.”