1 | 25 Synthesis Table 1.2 Overview of empirical studies MAJOR LIFE EVENTS Becoming a student Leaving full-time education Beginning work Moving out to live on one’s own Engaging in an intimate relationship Starting to cohabit or getting married Becoming a parent Children leaving the parental home Retirement Starting a sport in general and in a club setting (Chapter 2) SportersMonitor 2010 DATA METHOD SportersMonitor 2010 Netherlands Longitudinal Lifecourse Study (NELLS) 2009-2013 Primary narrative data (own collection drawn from interviews) Event history analyses Event history analyses Multilevel “withinbetween” modelling & Multinomial logistic regression analyses Micro-level analysis of lived experiences based on a narrative approach Stopping a sport and ending club membership (Chapter 3) Number of sports, sport frequency and sport settings (Chapter 4) Why and how sport is affected by major life events (Chapter 5)                       when their children left home and upon retirement. The odds of starting a sport decreased when their first child was born. Finally, becoming active in a competitive club sport was stimulated by moving out and retirement, but inhibited by cohabitation or marriage. Based on these results, I conclude that experiencing major life events has consequences for sport participation, in terms of increasing or decreasing the likelihood of starting a sport in general, and more particularly, starting a sport in a demanding organisational form, that is, a competitive club setting.