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Equal conditions in Sweden's largest popular movement

Research project The Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) is going to perform a large organizational change, which involves closing down the Parasports Federation and include athletes with disabilities in the existing special sports federations (SF).

This change raises new demands for resource allocation, participation and availability. Through qualitative and quantitative data collection methods the project investigates, on individual, group and organizational levels, opportunities, obstacles and barriers for a change process towards equal conditions.

Head of project

Kim Wickman
Associate professor

Project overview

Project period:

2019-01-01 2022-12-31


Forte, CIF, ERC

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Education

Research area


Project description

Equal conditions in Sweden's largest popular movement- success factors for increased inclusion in the field of sport

With 3.2 million members in 20,000 non-profit organizations the Swedish Sports Confederation is the country’s largest popular movement. Although almost all people are at some time in their lives members of a sports federation, relatively few children with disabilities take regularly part in some form of sport. As regards power and influence few people with disabilities are found in leading positions in sport and in society at large. The Parasports Federation administers sport for persons with disabilities, visual impairments and mental retardation.

Latest update: 2019-04-11