Sport or school? Dreams and dilemmas for talented young Danish football players

Mette Krogh Christensen, Jan Kahr Sørensen

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Resumé

 

Today's young semi-professional football players are expected to continue their education while honing their talents as footballers. This means they must balance the contradictory demands that come from their education establishments and their football clubs. The present study explores how young Danish male football talents experience and describe these different forces in their life space (Lewin, 1951). Data for the study are gathered using a narrative and qualitative approach, including four focus group interviews with 25 footballers aged 15-19, followed by individual qualitative interviews with eight of the footballers. The elite football culture have an almost magnetic attraction for the young footballer in the study. Even if the espoused value (Schein, 1990) of a good set of academic qualifications does not entirely measure up to this, the insistence from the outside world on the importance of completing a youth education is manifest and associated with significant personal concerns, lower examinations results, stress, drop-out and mental breakdown.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Physical Education Review
Vol/bind5
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)115-133
ISSN1356-336X
StatusUdgivet - 2009

Fingeraftryk

Football
Sports
youth education
clubs
drop-out
qualitative interview
Education
school
qualification
education
elite
Interviews
narrative
examination
interview
Focus Groups
Values
experience
Group

Emneord

  • Talentudvikling
  • Eliteidræt
  • Idrætssociologi
  • Ungdomskultur
  • Uddannelse

Citer dette

Christensen, Mette Krogh ; Kahr Sørensen, Jan. / Sport or school? Dreams and dilemmas for talented young Danish football players. I: European Physical Education Review. 2009 ; Bind 5, Nr. 1. s. 115-133.
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Sport or school? Dreams and dilemmas for talented young Danish football players. / Christensen, Mette Krogh; Kahr Sørensen, Jan.

I: European Physical Education Review, Bind 5, Nr. 1, 2009, s. 115-133.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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