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"We Can't Get Stuck in Old Ways": Swedish Sports Club's Integration Efforts with Children and Youth in Migration
Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2347-4391
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2021 (English)In: Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research, ISSN 2081-2221, E-ISSN 1899-4849, Vol. 92, no 1, p. 32-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The last years many people have been forcibly displaced due to circumstances such as conflicts in the world, and many people have come to Sweden for shelter. It has been challenging for Swedish society to receive and guide newcomers through the resettlement process, and many organizations in civil society, such as sports clubs, have been invited to support the resettlement. However, a limited numbers of studies has drawn the attention to sports clubs experiences. Therefore the aim of the paper was enhance understanding of sports clubs’ prerequesites and experiences of integration efforts with immigrant children and youth. Ten Swedish clubs with experience of working with newcomers participated. Semistructured interviews were conducted, and analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Two categories were identified: Struggling with sporting values and organization and Seeing integration in everyday activities. The clubs experienced that integration occurs in everyday activities, but current ideas focusing competition and rigid organization of sports constrained possibilities for integrating newcomers with no or limited former experience of club sports. The clubs experienced potential to contribute to personal development, social connectedness and enjoyment in a new society and building bridges between cultures. In conclusion, clubs cannot solve the challenges of resettlement in society but have potential to be part of larger societal networks of integration.

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Walter de Gruyter, 2021. Vol. 92, no 1, p. 32-42
Keywords [en]
Integration, migration, newcomers, qualitative methods, youth sports
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-94703DOI: 10.2478/pcssr-2021-0023ISI: 000724058200004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85116879145OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-94703DiVA, id: diva2:1728057
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Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, P2014-0194
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Godkänd;2022;Nivå 0;2022-12-13 (hanlid)

Available from: 2023-01-17 Created: 2023-01-17 Last updated: 2023-01-17Bibliographically approved

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