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Andersson, K., Book, K. & Norberg, J. R. (2023). Challenges and Change Readiness in Grassroot Sport: Literature Review. European Sports NGO (ENGSO)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges and Change Readiness in Grassroot Sport: Literature Review
2023 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Sports NGO (ENGSO), 2023
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64642 (URN)
Projects
Change – cooperation for change management and innovation in sports
Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved
Andersson, K., Book, K. & Norberg, J. R. (2023). Challenges and Change Readiness in Grassroot Sport: Popular summary. European Sports NGO (ENGSO)
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2023 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Sports can strengthen social inclusion and tackle various economic, social, and environmental challenges, bind individuals and communities together and promote objectives such as health, education, climate action, sustainability, and social development. Nonetheless, organised sport at the grassroot level in Europe is facing severe challenges: declining membership rates, reduced levels of physical activity among adolescents and difficulties in recruiting volunteers. Sport organisations, in particular in the non-profit sector and with limited resources, are struggling to find time and resources to create new sustainable, inclusive and innovative ways to work. 

The Erasmus + project CHANGE – Cooperation for Change Management and Innovation in Sports (CHANGE) has been created to equip sport’s governing bodies, sport organisations, and sport leaders with new, innovative, and sustainable tools to support sport at the grassroot level. Coordinated by ENGSO, it consists of eleven partners from nine countries: 1) research (Malmö University & EASM), 2) sport organisations (UFEC-Catalonia; Basics Sport Club, Belgium; World Snowboard Federation, Austria; Latvian Sports Federation Council; DIF, Denmark; and Opes, Italy) and 3) experts in the field of sport and digitalization, inclusion/engagement and sustainability (SandSI, N3XT Sports and ENGSO).  

Within CHANGE, the Department for Sport Sciences at Malmö University is responsible for background research regarding change management and innovation in contemporary grassroot sports in Europe. In this report, we summarise research activities carried out in 2023 and insights from 3 workshops with stakeholders from sport organisations and academia. 

The overarching research questions in this report are: 1) What challenges are the grassroot sport movement/organisations facing today? 2) Are the grassroot sport organisations equipped to handle the challenges? Do they have change readiness? 3) How can we understand the results?   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Sports NGO (ENGSO), 2023. p. 6
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64644 (URN)
Projects
Change – cooperation for change management and innovation in sports
Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved
Book, K. (2022). Dags att tänka nytt om platser för idrott och fysisk aktivitet: Utbud, tillgänglighet och flexibilitet. In: Centrum för idrottsforskning (Ed.), Idrottsanläggningar – i dag och i morgon: Om behov, tillgänglighet och konkurrerande intressen (pp. 21-52). Stockholm: Centrum för Idrottsforskning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dags att tänka nytt om platser för idrott och fysisk aktivitet: Utbud, tillgänglighet och flexibilitet
2022 (Swedish)In: Idrottsanläggningar – i dag och i morgon: Om behov, tillgänglighet och konkurrerande intressen / [ed] Centrum för idrottsforskning, Stockholm: Centrum för Idrottsforskning , 2022, p. 21-52Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Antologin inleds med ett kapitel av Karin Book, disputerad i kulturgeografi och universitetslektor i idrottsvetenskap vid Malmö universitet. Book har lång erfarenhet av forskning och utvecklingsprojekt i frågor kopplade till ytor och anläggningar för idrott och fysisk aktivitet. Hon är även flitigt anlitad av idrotts- rörelsen och av kommuner som forskare och expert i frågor rörande idrottens och den fysiska aktivitetens roll i den fysiska planeringen, om hållbar utveckling och om stadsutveckling. I denna text bidrar Book med en reflekterande text om människors tillgänglighet till idrott och fysisk aktivitet med fokus på just anläggningsfrågor. Book visar med belysande exempel att det går att lägga många och skilda perspektiv på begrepp som ”idrottsanläggning” och ”tillgänglighet”. Hon varnar även för förenklade antaganden och förhastade slutsatser. Som exempel påpekar hon att fler anläggningar inte med automatik leder till ökade idrottsaktiviteter. Individers reella tillgänglighet till idrottsytor påverkas även av faktorer som personliga intressen, samhälleliga trender, socioekonomiska förutsättningar och tillgången till kulturella nätverk. Hon redogör även för det Vinnova-finansierade projektet Equalizer där forskare, arkitekter och Malmö stad gick samman för att utveckla nya verktyg med målet att göra existerande aktivitetsplatser i Malmö mer jämställda och inkluderande.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Centrum för Idrottsforskning, 2022
Series
Centrum för Idrottsforskning Rapport ; 2022:2
Keywords
idrottsanläggningar, idrottsytor, planering, tillgänglighet
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56668 (URN)978-91-984050-9-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-14 Created: 2022-12-14 Last updated: 2023-12-22Bibliographically approved
Book, K. & Högdahl, E. (2022). Equalizer: breaking down the barriers at informal outdoor sport and recreational spaces. Leisure Studies, 1-17
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2022 (English)In: Leisure Studies, ISSN 0261-4367, E-ISSN 1466-4496, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

A popular strategy for activating the urban population physically is to provide informal outdoor sport and recreational spaces. However, building an infrastructure does not assure physical activity among the wider population. For instance, girls tend to be underrepresented at public sport places. To create more equal physical activity opportunities in public space, we need to uncover and interpret the barriers. Therefore, outdoor sport and recreational spaces are interesting to examine, as they provide a possibility to understand gender in relation to norms, activity, and public space. The project Equalizer - a tool for equal and inclusive activity places deals with the perspectives of gender, place, and physical activity to create changes in the use of public informal outdoor sport and recreational spaces. This paper aims to discuss the experience-based, participatory method of disturbances used in the Equalizer project and some of the central findings and solutions. The findings indicate that the barriers for engaging in physical activity at informal outdoor sport and recreational spaces are multi-faceted, as are the possible solutions to overcome the barriers and open up the places to more people. We identified four types of solutions based on the identified barriers: spatial/physical, organisational/support-related, activity-related, and norm/representation-related.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2022
Keywords
Public sport spaces, physical activity, gender, norms, place development, co-creation
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-54126 (URN)10.1080/02614367.2022.2088833 (DOI)000815391600001 ()2-s2.0-85132841866 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-08-02 Created: 2022-08-02 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Book, K., Hedenborg, S. & Andersson, K. (2022). New spatial practices in organised sport following COVID-19: the Swedish case. Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, 25(7), 1343-1357
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New spatial practices in organised sport following COVID-19: the Swedish case
2022 (English)In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 25, no 7, p. 1343-1357Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the majority of European countries imposed lockdowns, whereas Sweden introduced comparatively moderate constraints. The Public Health Agency of Sweden stated that sports and physical activity could continue if conducted ‘safely’ and recommended outdoor activities. This article aims to identify new spatial practices and strategies developed by organised recreational sport providers (i.e. sport clubs, commercial providers) following the outbreak of the pandemic. Further, it identifies obstacles and opportunities for new spatial solutions, as well as possible long-term (lasting) effects of the strategies imposed. Also, it discusses these obstacles and opportunities in relation to contemporary sport facility challenge. The data draws upon 24 semi-structured interviews with sport coaches and leaders. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using a thematic analysis. The results suggest that most respondents show adaptability by moving their activities outdoors. Generally, for-profit organisations have been more innovative and adaptive. Obstacles for new spatial solutions include localisation, weather, (perceived) need of equipment, leadership, competing interests in public space, and notably the perception of what sport is. Positive examples of spatial adaptability show that there is a potential for sport providers to open up for different spatial solutions and more flexibility in relation to their activities, in order to ease the pressure on formal indoor (and, to some extent, outdoor) sport facilities while amending the perception of sport activities. 

Research methods

The data draws upon 24 semi-structured interviews with sport coaches and leaders. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using a thematic analysis.

Results and findings

The results suggest that most respondents show adaptability by moving their activities outdoors. Generally, for-profit organisations have been more innovative and adaptive. Obstacles for new spatial solutions include localisation, weather, (perceived) need of equipment, leadership, competing interests in public space, and notably the perception of what sport is.

Implications

Positive examples of spatial adaptability show that there is a potential for sport providers to open up for different spatial solutions and more flexibility in relation to their activities, in order to ease the pressure on formal indoor (and, to some extent, outdoor) sport facilities while amending the perception of sport activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2022
Keywords
Spatial practices, spatial strategies, sport and space, sport providers, COVID-19 strategies
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-50212 (URN)10.1080/17430437.2022.2031017 (DOI)000751586900001 ()2-s2.0-85124247043 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-02-14 Created: 2022-02-14 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Book, K. & Svanborg Eden, G. (2021). Malmö - the skateboarding city: a multi-level approach for developing and marketing a city through user-driven partnerships. International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship, 22(1), 164-178
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Malmö - the skateboarding city: a multi-level approach for developing and marketing a city through user-driven partnerships
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship, ISSN 1464-6668, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 164-178Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine how skateboarding as a community, sport and cultural phenomenon can become integrated into and drive the development, branding and marketing of a city (Malmo). Design/methodology/approach This paper is produced through a communicative co-constructed process of one scholar and one practitioner within the skateboarding field. Through the narrative told by the practitioner, and with basis in the established understanding and conceptualization of place marketing through sport, success factors of the skateboarding initiatives in Malmo are identified. Findings The skateboarding story of Malmo fits well into the established conceptualization of place branding and marketing, neoliberalism and urban entrepreneurialism. Also, it demonstrates the power of a unique user-driven partnerships between skaters, a non-profit organization and public institutions to create a skateboard-friendly city and as a consequence a strong internationally renowned skate-image. The multi-level, multi-content approach is founded in shared values and mutual benefits. Instead of fitting a phenomenon into an outward-oriented image-strategy, skateboarding as a sport and culture has been allowed to develop organically, creating a credible and unique image for Malmo. Originality/value This study adds to the literature on sport and city marketing/branding by developing a deeper, empirically founded, understanding of how to combine top-down and bottom-up approaches in urban development, marketing and branding. The results have scientific as well as practical value.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2021
Keywords
Skateboarding, Skate-city, Place marketing, City marketing, Place branding, Urban entrepreneurialism, Collaboration, Partnerships, Authenticity, Sport, Malmo
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-37602 (URN)10.1108/IJSMS-05-2020-0101 (DOI)000592116900001 ()2-s2.0-85095955695 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-12-17 Created: 2020-12-17 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Andersson, T. & Book, K. (2020). Idrotten i Malmö. In: Roger Johansson (Ed.), Malmö stads historia 1990-2020: Nionde delen 1990-2020 : Band 2 (pp. 311-345). Malmö: Kira Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Idrotten i Malmö
2020 (Swedish)In: Malmö stads historia 1990-2020: Nionde delen 1990-2020 : Band 2 / [ed] Roger Johansson, Malmö: Kira Förlag , 2020, p. 311-345Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Kira Förlag, 2020
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-48250 (URN)9789187875441 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-12-20 Created: 2021-12-20 Last updated: 2021-12-20Bibliographically approved
Bäckström, Å., Book, K., Carlsson, B. & PG, F. (Eds.). (2020). Sport management: Del 3 Idrottens marknader och konsumtionskultur. Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sport management: Del 3 Idrottens marknader och konsumtionskultur
2020 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker, 2020. p. 240
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56673 (URN)9789177270782 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-14 Created: 2022-12-14 Last updated: 2022-12-15Bibliographically approved
Book, K. & Svanborg Edén, G. (2020). Urbant varumärkesbyggande genom idrott: Skatestaden Malmö. In: Bäckström, Å; Book, K. Carlsson, B; Fahlström, P-G. (Ed.), Sport management, del 3. Idrottens marknader och konsumtionskultur: . Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Urbant varumärkesbyggande genom idrott: Skatestaden Malmö
2020 (Swedish)In: Sport management, del 3. Idrottens marknader och konsumtionskultur / [ed] Bäckström, Å; Book, K. Carlsson, B; Fahlström, P-G., Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker , 2020Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker, 2020
Keywords
skateboard, urbant varumärkesbyggande, place marketing, sport
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56670 (URN)9789177270782 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-14 Created: 2022-12-14 Last updated: 2022-12-16Bibliographically approved
Lagergren, L. & Book, K. (2019). Projektifiering: fokus idrott och integration. In: Åsa Bäckström; Karin Book; Bo Carlsson; PG Fahlström (Ed.), Åsa Bäckström, Karin Book, Bo Carlsson, PG Fahlström (Ed.), Sport management. Del 2: Styrning och samhällsengagemang inom svensk idrott: (pp. 245-265). SISU Idrottsböcker
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Projektifiering: fokus idrott och integration
2019 (Swedish)In: Sport management. Del 2: Styrning och samhällsengagemang inom svensk idrott / [ed] Åsa Bäckström; Karin Book; Bo Carlsson; PG Fahlström, SISU Idrottsböcker , 2019, p. 245-265Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SISU Idrottsböcker, 2019
Keywords
Idrottsvetenskap Ekonomi och näringsliv, projekt, integration
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-10103 (URN)30772 (Local ID)978-91-7727-052-2 (ISBN)30772 (Archive number)30772 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2023-09-04Bibliographically approved
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