Publication of the study 'The Evolution of sports clubs in Catalonia from 2009 to 2015'

Publication of the study 'The Evolution of sports clubs in Catalonia from 2009 to 2015'

Last February there was the publication of the study 'The Evolution of sports clubs in Catalonia from 2009 to 2015', promoted by the Catalan Sports Observatory and conducted by Itik Consultancy. The study is a reissue of the one carried out in 2009 and analyzes the current situation of sports clubs from different management perspectives as well as the evolution they have had since the first study.

Taking into account the importance of associationism in the Catalan sports system, where sports clubs play a fundamental role, the conclusions drawn from this study are of special interest for the field of sport at the territorial level. Among these, the following stand out:

  • 95.5% of Catalan sports clubs belong to a sports federation, a fact that remains stable with respect to the 2009 study.
  • Catalan clubs are mostly small (87% have no more than 300 associate members) and long tradition (53.7% was founded more than 30 years ago). Men predominate among people who decide to join a club since only one-third of the members are women.
  • Clubs have 2.7 sports sections on average, but more than half of the larger ones have more than 4 sections.
  • Women's sports licenses increase compared to 2009, although the vast majority of people licensed are men (70.5%).
  • Increase activities for specific groups, especially in activities for children under 6 years (43.5%) and for people with disabilities (24.3%). This fact demonstrates the interest of clubs in having a health and leisure offer.
  • Men continue to occupy the majority of the positions of the boards of directors, and the presidency is occupied by persons between 46 and 55 years with an average of more than 9 years of duration, having little rotation.
  • The clubs are increasingly democratized, as the voting procedure for the election of the meetings increases with respect to 2009.
  • The majority of club workers are volunteers, except in clubs with more than 1,000 members who have the highest proportion of paid people.
  • Increases the concern for economic aspects by 10.5 points compared to 2009, understandable due to the current inspection situation of clubs.
  • The largest clubs have faced the regularization of the work team through labor hiring, while small and medium-sized clubs have done so through volunteer contracts.

The data obtained in the study allow us to see how the important changes produced at the socio-economic level in Catalan territory influence the structure of the club system, maintaining the role they occupy within the local sports system.