Education facilitators at youth mega-events: practical and methodological considerations

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  • Maksim Berdnikov, German Sport University Cologne, Rusland
  • Jörg Krieger
The education of athletes about Olympic principles at sport events has become a new trend. Sport bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the European Olympic Committees (EOC) have launched educational projects for their respective youth multisport events – the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF). Young activists known as the Young Change-Makers (YCM) and European Young Ambassadors (EYA) are recruited in order to help engage athletes in educational activities. The academic research conducted on such initiatives reveals that despite considerable efforts of making educational programmes innovative and interactive, athletes exhibit little interest in joining the games organised for them. While summarising the current misfortunes of the two educational projects (YCM and EYA), the paper explores possible limitations at the conceptual level. It suggests that there is a variety of factors that have been overseen by project leaders – non-traditional learning space, low support of adults, narrow scope, bright buzzwords, adolescence crisis, underestimation of skills and peer-to-peer relations. The paper provides suggestions on how the educational concepts at the YOG and the EYOF could be improved.
TidsskriftJournal of qualitative research in sports studies
Sider (fra-til)111-126
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2019

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