The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) has called on local authorities to install cheaper access to sports facilities following the results of a participation survey in the country.
The survey, conducted by Volunteer Norway, found that in 27 per cent of families with one to two children, one or more members had been unable to take part in sport or leisure activities because of the cost.
NIF President Berit Kjøll, elected in May, and Volunteer Norway secretary general Stian Slotterøy Johnsen said they were surprised by the results.
Kjøll claimed the NIF was working hard towards making participating in sport less expensive in Norway but said the organisation needed the help of the authorities.
"Participating in active sports through the sports team should be an opportunity for everyone throughout their lives," she said.
Ferske tall fra Frivillighet Norge viser at i 27 % av barnefamiliene med ett til to barn har èn eller flere i familien latt være å delta på en fritidsaktivitet på grunn av kostnaden. https://t.co/yTmMeVSNYd pic.twitter.com/GA6fDRjKyN— Idrettsforbundet (@idrett) August 13, 2019
"The NIF works systematically to remove unnecessary costs in order to ensure that the price is the lowest possible, and as many as possible can participate.
"Sport can do a lot on its own, but we also need a joint boost with contributions from several, including from the authorities.
"We depend on a good framework from the public sector.
"By requiring all use of municipal and public sports facilities to be free for children and young people aged six to 19, we will lower the threshold for participation."