We inspire more than 200,000 children to take part in sport and play every single week on 232 Cruyff Courts across the world, at more than 400 schools with a Schoolyard14, and through a wealth of sports projects for children with a disability.

We believe that once children discover the joy of sport, they will continue to be active for the rest of their lives. This is why it is important to start when you're young. This was confirmed in a study by the Aspen Institute1, which showed that children who are active benefit from this for the rest of their lives in many different ways.


  • The study also indicated that children who learned these skills by the age of seven maintain a permanent advantage in motor skills development over children who did not.
  • Researchers also agree on the positive effects of sport and play on concentration and improved academic performance at school.3
  • This same study shows that children who engage in more regular physical activity have a much lower incidence of psychosocial and behavioural problems.3

In 2017 we started a large-scale impact study together with Utrecht University. We hope that this will give us better insight into the impact of our projects on the children. We want to explain the results in detail at the beginning of 2018.

Consulted studies

  1. State of Play, Aspen Institute, (Washington 2016),
  2. H. Stegeman - Effecten van sport en bewegen op school. Een literatuuronderzoek naar de relatie van fysieke activiteit met de cognitieve, affectieve en sociale ontwikkeling. ('Effects of sport and activity at school. A literature survey of the relationship between physical activity and cognitive, affective, and social development'), (Den Bosch, 2007) W.J.H. Mulier Instituut
  3. Hartman, J.W. de Greeff et al. - Effecten van fysieke activiteit op cognitie en de hersenen van kinderen in het primair onderwijs. ('Effects of physical activity on cognition and the brains of children in primary education'), (Groningen: University Medical Center Groningen, 2015)