Practicing sport: a vital element in the lives of the French
While 64% of French people were unable to practice outdoor sports during the lockdown period, 40% of them managed to engage in a sporting activity during this time (indoor sporting activities for the most part). 59% of the people included in the survey also considered the post-lockdown restrictions well balanced, and more than a third of them planned to do more sport after May 11th when the lockdown measures were lifted in France. There was a preference for individual sporting activities conducted outdoors (walking, cycling, running) and indoors (weight training, yoga). (Odoxa-Sport-barometer survey)
Sports associations more exposed to the crisis than their peers
With only 22% of their financing coming from public subsidies (vs. 45% for associations on average), sports associations are more sensitive to unexpected changes in their environment. A total of 35% of their activity-based income is derived from the organization of events that, frequently, have had to be cancelled. Requests for the reimbursement of membership fees are another a risk.
While sponsorship only represents 8% of associations' revenues, this source rises to 20% for entities employing personnel at a time when many sponsoring companies cannot guarantee they will be able to continue providing this support.