Associations between partnership characteristics and perceived success in Dutch sport-for-health partnerships

Niels Hermens*, Kirsten T. Verkooijen, Maria A. Koelen

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To reach and include socially vulnerable people through sport, it is important to create partnerships between sports organisations and public health organisations (i.e., sport-for-health partnerships). Working in sport-for-health partnerships is challenging, however, and little is known about how to manage such partnerships. To explore possible predictors of successful sport-for-health partnership, the authors administered a questionnaire among 86 participants in Dutch sport-for-health partnerships. The questionnaire included measures pertaining to three indicators of successful inter-sectoral partnership (i.e., partnership synergy, partnership sustainability, and community outcomes) and nine partnership elements that may predict its success. Multivariate results suggest that (a) partnership synergy may be best predicted by communication structure and building on the partnership participants’ capacities, (b) community partnership outcomes may be best predicted by partnership visibility and task management, and (c) partnership sustainability may be best predicted by partnership visibility. Hence, the authors would recommend actors in sport-for-health partnerships to pay particular attention to communication structure, building on capacities, visibility, and task management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-152
JournalSport Management Review
Issue number1
Early online date11 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Disadvantaged people
  • Intersectoral collaboration
  • Sports clubs as setting for health promotion
  • Wider social role of sports

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