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The Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport financially supports your membership
The COVID pandemic still poses major challenges for all of us. The time since March 2020 has also been a very difficult period for the Austrian sport. It is therefore easy to understand that many have put their active sport activities on hold, at least temporarily. The severely restricted access to common exercise and sport activities, which was unfortunately necessary, has also led to a reduction in physical activity among the population. The sport clubs even had to be temporarily closed. The consequence was that club members did not extend their membership and - hopefully only for a limited period of time - left the organized sport. Data of Statistics Austria show that the number of members in sports clubs has decreased by an average of around a quarter. The sports clubs lost around 500,000 members during the pandemic.
Club sport, with the valuable support of its volunteers, is the backbone of the Austrian sport. We want to do everything we can to compensate this decline as quickly as possible and to increase the level of physical activity in general. The sport section in the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport is therefore also supporting the comeback of sport in clubs through a promotion campaign for new and regained memberships.
The „Sportbonus“ (Sports bonus)
For the season 2021/2022 or the year of 2022, the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport will therefore fund 75% of the membership fee. The grant is limited to 90 euros per new membership. To be eligible memberships must be concluded for a minimum period of three months. New members only pay their own, greatly reduced contribution to all participating sports clubs; the sports clubs receive the subsidy through the umbrella organizations and professional associations involved in the process. The contribution of the new club member must be paid between September 1st and December 31st 2021, so that the subsidy can be granted.
Every kind of sport-practice is important, but the Austrian sports clubs further offer their members certain benefit that we particularly want to promote. Take advantage of this unique sponsorship campaign and become a member of a sports club now.
Yours Werner Kogler
Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Federal Ministry
for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport