Why don't Germans like sports?


Young people and sport - grumpy sports or sports enthusiasts?

Children and adolescents should exercise 60 minutes a day. But is this also adhered to? According to the KiGGS study, which was last carried out in 2013, 78 percent of girls and 85 percent of boys between the ages of eleven and 17 stated that they regularly exercise outside of school. The 2016 JIM study also came to the conclusion that doing sport is the second favorite non-media leisure activity of young people. Not only is sport itself an important leisure activity for young people, but also watching and being a fan of a sport.

Children's and youth sport in transition

The third German children's and youth sports report, which appeared in 2015, speaks of a change. Sport is still one of the most popular activities among young people, but the pupils have less and less time for it since the expansion of all-day schools began. Nonetheless, all-day schools offer sports activities that are accepted by around half of the students.

Popular sports among young people are playing football, running and jogging, swimming, gymnastics, horse riding and cycling, although gender-specific differences are noticeable. Girls are more likely to go horse riding than boys; for boys, football is the undisputed number one. With increasing age, fitness also becomes more and more interesting for young people. However, the DLRG (Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft) points to a worrying trend, according to which around one in three teenagers cannot swim these days.

The sports clubs - an important socialization place for young people

Football and gymnastics are the most common sports in the club. However, the clubs complain about a decline in the number of young people; particularly with increasing age, membership in a club continues to decline. However, it is not uncommon for committed young people to want to continue their education in their clubs and take on coaching roles. Often every sport has its own trainer training for young people. The youth leader card, or Juleica for short, is a further training that is valid beyond the boundaries of the sport and is also recognized outside of the field of sport for child and youth work.