The electricity costs of sports teams in Norway were on average two and a half times as large in November and December of 2021 than the year before, according to a survey by the Norwegian Sports Confederation (NIF).
The average cost has increased by NOK 40,000 in the last two months of 2021, the NIF stated in a press release. Some sports teams report cost increases of more than half a million kroner in two months.
A total of 357 sports teams responded to the NIF’s survey.
“This is very worrying. Many sports teams are in a very difficult financial situation and have small financial reserves. The high electricity costs can lead to the closure of facilities, reduced activity, higher membership and activity costs, and, in the worst case, bankruptcy for some facility owners,” NIF Secretary-General Nils Einar Aas stated.
Electricity prices remain high
In January, electricity prices have also been high. Aas believes the government must develop a compensation scheme for sports and other volunteering areas.
“We believe they will do that,” Aas said.
The NIF will send the figures from the survey to the Ministry of Culture “as documentation and a basis for further dialogue and follow-ups.”
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