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

    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.

    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.

    Soccer & Society, Volume 21, 2020, Issue 5

    Football, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has become a major social phenomenon since the late nineteenth century. Through the social prism of soccer, scholars across the world have tended to understand various aspects of life. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: THE ORGANIZATION OF CLUB FOOTBALL IN DENMARK – A CONTEMPORARY PROFILE by Søren Bennike, Rasmus K. Storm, Johan Michael Wikman & Laila S. Ottesen.

    Forum for idræt, Årg. 34, 2019

    Tidsskriftet Forum for Idræt er en online publikation, der udgiver forskning, formidling og debat om idræt inden for det samfundsvidenskabelige og humanistiske fagområde. Foreningen bag tidsskriftet, Forum for Idræt, Historie og Samfund (FIHS), har eksisteret siden 1985. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: FODBOLD FITNESS: MERE AF DET SAMME ELLER ET BRUD MED FRITIDSFODBOLDENS STI? by Søren Bennike, Laila Ottesen.

    Laudable ambitions, disappointing results

    In this original review for idrottsforum.org by Dominic Malcolm, Peter Krustrup’s long-awaited summing-up of 17 years of research around the health benefits of football, Football as Medicine: Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion, edited with Daniel Parnell (Routledge), is critically assessed. While commending the basic premise of the book and its trust in football as medicine, he regrets the lack of critical perspectives.

    Dansk fodbold sætter tal på mangfoldigheden: Diversiteten i dansk fodbold – en undersøgelse fra Dansk Boldspil-Union

    Fodboldspillere, trænere og dommere. Det er blot nogle af de mere end 8.000 respondenter, der har besvaret et spørgeskema om diversitet i dansk breddefodbold. Og spørgsmålene er sendt ud til alle medlemmer af dansk fodbold, når det kommer til alder, niveau og geografi. Det er første gang nogensinde, at man kortlægger diversiteten i en specifik sportsgren i Danmark. Resultaterne er nu klar.

    En vigtig og anbefalelsesværdig bog, rig på viden og interessante cases

    Søren Bennike recenserar Sport Management: Del 1. Idrottens organisationer i en svensk kontext, en antologi sammanställd av Åsa Bäckström, Karin Book, Bo Carlsson & PG Fahlström (SISU Idrottsböcker). Vår recensent, som fortfarande väntar på en forskningsbaserad dansk introduktionsbok om sport management, uppskattar denna första del och ser fram emot de kommande två delarna.

    Is sport good for us? Probing the sport and health nexus

    The alleged benefits of sports for humans, individually and collectively, is put to the test as regards its health rewards in an edited volume by Daniel Parnell & Peter Krustrup, Sport and Health: Exploring the Current State of Play (Routledge). Katarina Sjögren Forss’ review takes us through the various chapters and eventually concludes with strong recommendations.

    The management and preparation of ‘street ministers of health’ are essential: An interview with a practitioner on the process of preparing instructors who are about to implement team sport...

    The purpose of this article is to present the ‘team sport on prescription’ intervention and to draw attention to the importance of managing and preparing the instructors running the intervention. Unorthodoxly, this article is structured as an interview with a practitioner answering three questions, to which we have included expert commentary to provide an explicit link to the field of public administration.
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