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Studying good sport environments: A framework for the study of collective fundamental values
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Department of History, Stockholm University.
2013 (English)In: Sociology and Sport in Face of New Challenges: The 10th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference / [ed] Álvaro Rodríguez Díaz, David Moscoso Sánchez, Jesús Fernández Gavira, José Vinas Rodríhuez and Francisco Pires Vega, Cordoba: European Association for Sociology of Sport , 2013, 75-75 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study answers the call made by the Swedish government, the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) and Swedish local authorities for research on success factors in Swedish club sport. By using RF´s success concept and sport scholars critique in reverse as points of departure for our study we selected two "successful" sports clubs for a study of the constitution of good sport environments. Our theoretical starting point was that an organisation´s collective fundamental values contribute to shaping both its goals and its practice - and in extension to its potential to constitute a good sport environment. The results, which are based on eight qualitative interviews with key individuals, show how the clubs work with society-related dilemmas and sport-specific problems. One solution reads expansion. The idea is that a big club is better at answering to the needs expressed by members and external interested parties. A big club can muster more and bigger resources and that these can be used for marketing measures like engaging the club in non-sporting acitvities and sheer recruitment actvitities. The other solution reads decentralisation. The idea is that authority decentralisation leads to greater solidarity and commitment among members, which is supposed in the long run to guarantee the vitaltiy of a club with a capacity to safeguard its survival. Decentralised responsibility for, e.g., the recruitment of members, the provision of leaders and of resources is perceived to achieve better results than when responsibility is centralised to board and main administration. By analysing elements in the club environments which have promoted this work we hav been able to get an insight into the values on which these environments rest and their importance for building good sport environments.

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Cordoba: European Association for Sociology of Sport , 2013. 75-75 p.
Keyword [en]
sports clubs, organisational structures, values
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88798ISBN: 978-84-616-3995-3OAI: diva2:717474
The 10th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, May 8-11, 2013, Cordoba, Spain.
Available from: 2014-05-15 Created: 2014-05-15 Last updated: 2014-05-15

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