The voluntary associations are a cornerstone in Danish sport, and the associations receive the bulk of the public support allocated to sport by the state and the local authorities. It is estimated that about 2 million Danes engage in sports in one of the approximately 16,000 sports clubs.
The sports clubs are an important part of Danish culture and they play a part in establishing norms and creating social skills and networks. But Danes also engage in sports and exercise outside of the associations. This can take place in a self-organised way, for example jogging, skating or playing football alone or together with friends, or in the commercial fitness centres with weight training or aerobics.
The chief aim of sports policy is to strengthen the sports movement in all its diversity.
It is the objective of sports policy to strengthen the opportunities for the population – especially children and young people – to engage in sports and exercise in all contexts, and not least to support sports culture in associations with the unique qualities that this has.
Creating strong elite sport in Denmark is also a goal. Elite sport helps to market Denmark; it inspires and creates national gathering points, and strong Danish elite sport is a precondition for attracting large-scale sporting events to the country.
Combating doping both broadly and at elite level is a particularly highly prioritised goal. Doping is an international problem and therefore the effort also takes place at international level, inter alia in the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA and the International Anti-Doping Arrangement, IADA.