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Education: One Way to Recruite and Retain Young Coaches
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Forskningsgruppen för pedagogik, idrott och fritidskultur.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6629-613x
Linnéuniversitetet.
2012 (English)In: YouthFirst: The Journal of Youth Sports, ISSN 1559-2383, Vol. 6, no 2, 25-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sport is a very popular recreational activity for young people in Sweden and more than 80 per cent have at some time been a member of a sports club. Without the many coaches (> 600,000), it would be impossible to run the Swedish sports movement. Despite many people being involved in leadership roles, the sports movement in Sweden continually wrestles with the issues of a shortage of coaches and how to encourage more people to become involved (Eriksson 2006). To support sporting activities for children and young people, the Swedish Parliament decided in 2007 to invest SEK 2 billion over a four-year period. This initiative was given the name Idrottslyftet and one of its goals was to recruit and retain young coaches.

The objective of this paper is to present a study of the Young Leader initiatives within the framework ofIdrottslyftet.The questions discussed in the study are as follows:How have the various projects been structured and what were the desired objectives? Which young leaders is the project aimed at and who is the ‘right’ kind of leader? The data consists of focus group interviews, development plans, and project descriptions for the initiatives taken to recruit leaders. Using qualitative text analysis, the texts were examined with the aim of contextualizing the actual descriptions and interview statements. The study has a cultural-sociological perspective based on Bourdieu’s theories and concepts in order to understand which types of leaders initiatives are feasible in the social context, which here constitutes the Swedish sports movement (Bourdieu 1977, 1990).

The analysis shows that investments have consisted mainly of training programmes to recruit new coaches, in which the belief in the sports movement as an educational environment has functioned as the underlying value structure of the content of the training programmes. In conclusion, the findings indicate that within the Swedish sports movement, there is a belief that a re-examination of the traditionally prominent values is required if young people are to be recruited as coaches.

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2012. Vol. 6, no 2, 25-31 p.
Keyword [en]
Young Coaches, Education, Bourdieu
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Educational Sciences
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Social Sciences/Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-2190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-2190DiVA: diva2:507789
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Idrottslyftet: Stödjande miljöer för unga ledare
Available from: 2012-03-06 Created: 2012-03-06 Last updated: 2014-05-08Bibliographically approved

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