Keep Youngsters Involved
How can we prevent youngsters (age 12-19) from dropout from sport?
The project Keep Youngsters Involved aimed to find answers to this question. In many European countries a lot of youngsters give up sport due to a lack of motivation, problems with school or job schedule or different interests. This project targets youngsters (12-19 years) in general and specifically those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
A key output from the project is the toolkit, including card games, that were developed from the 14 factors associated with preventing youth sport dropout. The card games in the KYI toolkit can be used to initiate the conversation of why youngsters drop out of sport and what actions may be effective to help reverse the current trend.
Eight European partners in this Erasmus+Sport project aimed to increase and share knowledge on the ‘Keep Youngsters Involved in Sport’ topic.
Together, the partners selected and implemented the best grassroot sport products in the various European countries involved. Out of research, we identified thé most important 14 factors to prevent youngsters from dropping out and made them suitable for practical use. Sport professionals and volunteers (trainers, coaches) who work with youngsters can use the tools to keep youngsters more involved in sport in their sport clubs. By involving youngsters more actively, for instance by asking them what they like to do, listening to their needs, or giving them responsibilities in sport programmes, they will develop their own personal skills. At the same time, it contributes to the active citizenship of young people, an active lifestyle and meeting physical activity guidelines.
The project was co-funded by the European Union, as an collaborative partnership project in the Erasmus+ Sport programme (2016-2019). The project took place from 1 January 2017 until 30 September 2019.
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