School sport in Sweden: what is it, and how did it come to be?
2013 (English)In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 16, no 6, 805-818 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Swedish sports model has traditionally meant that schools are responsible for all children's and young people's physical education, while the sports movement is responsible for the voluntary training and competition in sport. In recent years, this model seems to have changed since schools increasingly offers training in sports during the school day, school sport. This article describes the development of the Swedish school sport system in relation to major school reforms during the last three decades; reforms that have meant that the school system has been decentralized and market-adapted. This article also argues that sport under the period has gained a new meaning for schools. The main conclusions are that societal changes have enabled the sports movement an increased influence on school sport and that the Swedish sports model has changed. In particular, the ideological distinction between school physical education and voluntary competitive sport has been challenged.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 16, no 6, 805-818 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-64142DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2012.753530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-64142DiVA: diva2:589063
Version of record first published: 16 Jan 20132013-02-042013-01-162015-02-12Bibliographically approved