Aerobatic teams by Richard Ward

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The tenfold increase of tax revenues between 1960 and 1980 provided the government with the financial means to provide a net of social provisions and services that would constitute the so-called welfare state (Stokvis 1979). In addition to government subsidies, sport organizations received funding from lottery money, which became important with the legalization of the football pool in 1960 and the introduction of a televised lottery in 1975. Since the introduction of these lotteries, their net profits have been divided among sport organizations (receiving almost three-quarters) and the nation’s leading charity in the field of health and culture (one-quarter).

If a more restrictive definition of participation (once in the previous week) is adopted, the 2006/07 Taking Part Annual Report indicated that 40 per cent of all adults had participated in moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes and 22 per cent had participated for at least 30 minutes on at least three separate days in the past week. These levels of participation were confirmed by the much more extensive Active People survey which found that 21 per cent of adults over the age of 16 participated in at least three, moderate-intensity 30 minute sessions of sport and physical activity in the previous week (Sport England 2007).

Since the introduction of these lotteries, their net profits have been divided among sport organizations (receiving almost three-quarters) and the nation’s leading charity in the field of health and culture (one-quarter). These lottery revenues have never been seen as government money in the Netherlands, but are perceived as money from private sources (De Heer 2000).

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