Contact person:
Susanna Hedenborg
  • ADMA Förvaltnings AB
Responsible at Malmö University:
Susanna Hedenborg
Project members:
Time frame:
30 June 2020 - 30 June 2022
Research subject:

About the project


Sports clubs can be a school of democracy and leadership. This is one of the reasons behind today's extensive public sports support. But studies have shown that Sports Association boards reflect neither the members nor society at large if you look at gender, age, ethnicity and level of education. Instead, board work is dominated by middle-aged men with previous experience of board work. At the same time, sport is being challenged – a declining proportion of children and young people are involved in association sports, and it is difficult to find people who are interested in participating in non-profit work. To counteract this development, new sustainable leadership roles are needed. Young people say that they are rarely asked to lead in an association, some underline that they are not really sure who decides in their association and that they themselves can only influence what happens on the warm-up or what music is to be played. Only a quarter of the sports associations have a young person under the age of 25 on their board. The work of engaging more young people as leaders must be intensified. Through the increased representation of young people from different contexts in the sports movement's democratic processes, an added value is created for both the individual and the association. In the long run, it also benefits the sports movement in general and the surrounding society.


The purpose of the project is to develop sustainable leadership roles.


Interviews and workshops.