The role of university sports federations in enhancing student sports : a comparative case study between Portugal and Finland

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dc.contributor.author Yandjou, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-28T18:24:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-28T18:24:52Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011112811745 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37020
dc.description.abstract The European Union has increasingly emphasized the sociological, physiological and psychological benefits of sport. Sport provision and participation trends have been measured throughout the member-states and, the gaps between Northern and Southern countries are widely acknowledged. These gaps are especially wide between young-adults and the elderly. The integration of sports into the education curriculum in most European pedagogic systems has resulted in high levels of sport practice among the youth. However as young people enter higher education, member-states face a problem with a natural withdrawal in participation. The universities and student sports federations can plan an important role in reversing this phenomenon. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the role of university sports federations. This thesis describes and discusses what potential the Finnish and Portuguese student sport federation have to influence sport participation among the academic community in Portugal and Finland - two countries on the opposite ends of the spectrum. This study is based upon the EUROBAROMETER data. Using the sociological theory of distinction and briefly, of functionalism, as framework, it seeks to identify core factors for disparities between European regions in sport participation among young-adults. The data for this study was obtained primarily through secondary data analysis, but also using qualitative, empirical, thematic content analysis. This was supported by open-ended interviews with members of both OLL (2) and FADU (1). Via SWOT analysis was possible to identify crucial organizational and socio-economic aspects that distinguish the sport panorama in Finland and Portugal. In terms of results FADU and OLL have currently distinct policies and objectives, the macroeconomic, socio-cultural conditions for sport practice and organizational dynamics in Finland and consequently for OLL provide steadier conditions to influence and sustain a key role in student sport participation than in Portugal.
dc.format.extent 84 s.
dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject.other Sport Participation
dc.subject.other University Sport
dc.subject.other Portugal
dc.subject.other Finland
dc.subject.other Sports Federation
dc.title The role of university sports federations in enhancing student sports : a comparative case study between Portugal and Finland
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011112811745
dc.subject.ysa urheilu
dc.subject.ysa yliopistot
dc.subject.ysa osallistuminen
dc.subject.ysa opiskelijaelämä
dc.subject.ysa liikunta
dc.subject.ysa Suomi
dc.subject.ysa Portugali
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Liikuntatieteellinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences en
dc.contributor.laitos Liikuntatieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Sport Sciences en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine Master's Degree Programme in Sport Science and Management en
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