Founded on 26 February 1999, the Netherlands Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (NISB) is a non-profit organisation based in Ede, the Netherlands. It is the Dutch Government’s main partner for implementing national and local strategies for physical activity promotion among various target groups (youth, the elderly, low socio-economic groups).
NISB is funded by a variety of bodies, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports being the principal one. The Ministry provides both funding for the institute’s programmes and grants for specific projects on innovation, embedding and dissemination. Additional finance is provided by other Ministries, funds and partnerships. If subsidies are not available, NISB Consult provides services for customised advice on local sport policy or active employees, training programmes and sessions, and fitness products. The NISB Consult is a fully-owned NISB subsidiary.
As of 2010, NISB employs about one hundred people.
Clémence Ross has been NISB's CEO since April 2007. From 2003 until April 2007, Clémence Ross was the Minister for Health, Welfare and Sports, and as a Junior Minister she was responsible for medical biotechnology, medical ethics issues, youth care, care for the disabled and care for the elderly. She is also:
Chair of Premier League Football Club De Graafschap;
Chair of the Road Cycling World Championships 2012 foundation;
Chair of the Women’s Football Premier League foundation;
Chair of the ‘Ik Kies Bewust’ foundation (Choices International Foundation);
Board member of the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation.