‘Welfare Alliances’ – a new social role for football in Denmark: Reflections on changes...

    The role of sport in resolving societal challenges seems to have progressed from passive and symbolic to more explicit and ambitious. An illustrative example is the ‘Welfare Alliance’ strategy, with the mission of enabling football to help address societal challenges such as health, integration, and unemployment. This paper by Søren Bennike and Laila Ottesen explores the position of football as a ‘provider of social welfare’ in the organisations involved within Danish recreational football.

    National and Organizational Culture in Norwegian Elite Sport: The Account of National Handball Head...

    In this article, Skille, Hansen, Abrahamsen og Chroni show that at the international level results can be achieved even when embracing, and performing, under humanistic and social-democratic values, which deviates significantly from the commonly embraced win-at-all-costs approach. Norwegian elite sport culture appears to exemplify this cultural approach by actively employing a value-system in the development of its athletes, teams and sport.

    Bland knattar och minisar: Ridskolornas verksamhet för de allra yngsta

    I den här artikeln studerar Susanna Hedenborg, Annika Rosén, Gabriella Thorell Palmquist, Oskar Solenes och Guro Fiskergård Werner idrott för de yngsta med fokus på ridskoleaktiviteter i Norge och Sverige, genom en enkätstudie och intervjuer med verksamhetsledare på ridskolor. Resultaten pekar på att ridskolor både i Norge och Sverige erbjuder verksamhet för åldersgruppen 0–6 år i syfte att att fånga upp barnen tidigt.

    Among tiny tots and minis: Riding school activities for the youngest

    In this article, Susanna Hedenborg, Annika Rosén, Gabriella Thorell Palmquist, Oskar Solenes and Guro Fiskergård Werner study sports for the youngest with a focus on riding school activities in Norway and Sweden. The study is based on a questionnaire and interviews with riding school managers. The results indicate that riding schools in both Norway and Sweden, just like other organized sports associations, offer activities for the age group 0–6 years.

    Virtual Light in the Sports Blackout: An enduring boost of virtual sports or just...

    This scholarly commentary by Egil Rogstad draws on existing eSports research literature and relevant news stories in a discussion of what virtual sports can contribute with during a time of crisis when traditional sports are at a standstill, and what challenges virtual sports will have to face in order to make the boost that it is currently experiencing during the pandemic more than just a temporary respite while traditional sporting activities and events are suspended.

    Sporting Propaganda: The Language of Strategic Fouling

    In this piece Miroslav Imbrišević examines the everyday usage of words referring to strategic fouling, as it cuts across various languages. In some languages this rule-violation gave rise to figurative language after the practice became wide-spread. We find euphemisms but also dysphemisms, as well as evaluative language (whose purpose here is to excuse the action). This is important, because ‘if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought’ (as George Orwell observed).

    Women and commercial football in Sweden

    In this article, Christer Ericsson and Björn Horgby discusses the development of women's football in Sweden with regard to the commercialization aspect, based on their book Fotboll, kommersialisering, demokrati. They show that women's football because of the patriarchal power relations in society was socially marginalized and therefore not prepared to take advantage of the commercialization of elite football.

    Kvinnorna inom den kommersiella fotbollen

    I den här artikeln diskuterar Christer Ericsson och Björn Horgby kvinnofotbollens utveckling i Sverige med avseende på kommerslaliseringsaspekten, med utgångspunkt i boken Fotboll, kommersialisering, demokrati. De visar att kvinnofotbollen på grund av de patriarkala maktförhållandena i samhället länge var socialt marginaliserad och därför hade sämre förutsättningar för kommersialisering.

    Less Talk and More Action Please: Youth National Team Handball Players’ Experiences of a...

    Guided by separate semi-structured interview guides for athletes and coaches, Line M. Nielsen and colleagues interviewed eight male youth national team handball players and four of their club coaches about their subjective experiences and the effects of taking part in a Mindful Performance Enhancement Awareness and Knowledge (mPEAK) program. The results are presented in this peer reviewed article in Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum.

    The diversity of organised grassroots football in Denmark

    This article by Søren Bennike, Nikolaj Schelde and Adam B. Evans presents selected results from the most comprehensive mapping of diversity in Danish grassroots football ever conducted. Results reflect quantitative measures of diversity amongst 8053 respondents, including club members (players), club boards, educated licensed coaches, educated licensed referees and the Danish Football Association’s political level.
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