Community sport policy – An analysis of sport participation patterns, distribution of local authority financial support, implications for sport clubs and local authority governance
What are young people doing during their spare time and how are financial support from the local authorities for leisure-time activities distributed? Via a unique cooperation are researchers at Umeå University given access to detailed register data from four local authorities in Sweden that will provide a new and substantiated picture of young people’s leisure time activity patterns.
The main purpose of the project is to help sport clubs improve their administrative routines and provide local authorities with decision basis for the distribution of financial support to sport clubs.
The project analyses the registration of club organized sport activities in four Swedish municipalities in order to create: 1) knowledge about the sporting habits of children and youth that can provide a starting point for future, longitudinal studies; 2) knowledge about the distribution of financial support between boys and girls, between younger and older age groups, and between different types of sports; 3) knowledge about how revised administrative routines and the knowledge they generate affect the strategic and day-to-day activities of sport clubs, and; 4) knowledge about how the revised administrative routines and the knowledge they generate affect local authorities’ governing of club sport.
The project focuses on a new digitalized system for the registration of sport club activities that form the basis for distribution of financial support from local authorities. The main purpose of the project is to help sport clubs improve their administrative routines and provide local authorities with decision basis for the distribution of financial support to sport clubs. The digital registration of the leisure time activities of children and youth can, in turn, provide basis for analyses of the leisure time habits of various population groups and how financial support is distributed between them.