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Amanda Lind on barnidrotten: Really disturbing

DN wrote on Monday about the Centre for idrottsforsknings (CIF's) to new figures.

In a report, which was submitted to the government on Tuesday morning, it appears that youth sports is losing its youngest participants – and especially boys – aged 7 to 12 years.

the number of training sessions per boy and year decreased by twelve percent from the 47.9-training sessions at 42.3. And the numbers concerned scientists.

One explanation may be that young people do not have sufficient opportunities to practice sports. For example, we are short on facilities in the big cities or in rural areas do not get together teams, said the investigator Johan R Norberg to DN on Monday and continued:

– Or so it is about the young people of today prefer to do other things. Some would say that it depends on the skärmkulturen and increased sedentary. It would be a truly problematic development.

left the culture and demokratiminister Amanda Lind (MP) – also minister with responsibility for idrottsfrågorna – a written comment to the DN of the report.

”It is really worrying to hear that the youngest play sports all the less,” writes Lind.

”It is extremely important that young people are on the move and that we introduced more hours of pe in school was a piece of the puzzle for it. But the work doesn't stop there. Here, all parts of society to take joint responsibility. We need, for example, take a holistic grip on the plants, so that there is opportunity for the sport to grow in new groups and in new locations. It is a work we need to do together with SKL (Sveriges kommuner och landsting) and the Swedish sports Confederation.”

secretary general Stefan Bergh notes, like CIF that the numbers are surprising.

in the Past, the discussion has been about how the sport should get teenagers, mainly girls, to remain. But now you can see thus a new trend.

– It is a bit worrying, " says Bergh to DN.

– Now it will be the FOUNDATION's task is to look more closely at these numbers and try to identify the reasons.

" we have not discussed yet, but we do their own follow-ups every year. And we'll probably have to do their own studies, so we can put in any measures.

the lift hall and anläggningsbrist as a possible explanation for the statistics.

"We have queues to sports that we haven't had queues before, the compounds can not always find sufficient physical space to accommodate all who want to be with," he says, but notes also:

– Then there may be other factors also. That boys and girls choose to do other things than play sports, skärmtid have been mentioned.

– Or there is a declaration that we have more foreign-born children in Sweden today, whose parents may not have the same tradition of ”automatically” placing their children in sporting activity? All this we look on.

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