Football Fitness, a new concept in football clubs: possibilities and challenges

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferenceabstrakt i proceedingsForskningfagfællebedømt

The Danish welfare state place new demands on sports organizations and associations, which has lead to an increased focus on the third sector's role in health promotion purposes. A new research project at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports will examine how these new claims are received and adapted in the Danish sports organizations and associations. The Danish Football Association has launched a new concept called "Football Fitness" with a focus on the health dimension of football, both of physiological, psychological and social nature, rather than a focus on the competition aspect or the actual game. Currently the concept is in the implementation phase in more than 50 clubs, and is predominantly targeting inactive user groups, new to the club. A wide range of stakeholders engaged in health policy emphasize the need for knowledge about how to anchor health related interventions intended to promote physical activity (Laitakari et al., 1996; Guldbrandsson, 2008). And ask how such interventions should be organized and implemented to be applicable in practice (Green, Ottosson, Garcia & Hiatt, 2009). The research project, in part based on a PhD project, is a unique opportunity to access the knowledge of how the concept “football fitness” is organized, implemented and adapted in the participating clubs. This knowledge will be of great importance in relation to welfare policy, where the project can contribute with knowledge of possible changes to the Danish voluntary sports model. The research project will thus follow this implementation process and analyze changes, challenges and resistance experienced in the clubs, and consequently gain knowledge of what may promote a successful implementation. The project will use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods for the gathering and analysis of data. Key words: Football Fitness, Health promotion, Implementation, Sports clubs, Sports Organizations.
TitelSociology and Sport in Face of New Challenges : EASS: European Association for Sociology of Sport: Book of Abstracts
RedaktørerÁlvaro Rodríguez Días, David Moscoso Sánchez, Jesús Fernández Gavira
Antal sider1
Udgivelses stedSevilla
ForlagAESDE / Asociacion Española de Sociologia del Deporte
KapitelSOR I. Concepts and Challenges
ISBN (Trykt)978-84-616-3995-3
StatusUdgivet - 2013
BegivenhedEASS 2013: Sociology and sport in face of new challenges - Conference Palace, Cordoba, Spanien
Varighed: 8 maj 201311 maj 2013
Konferencens nummer: 10th


KonferenceEASS 2013
LokationConference Palace

Bibliografisk note

CURIS 2013 NEXS 139

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