Who is responsible?

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All sports club who organizes activities for children up to the age of 12 are obliged to appoint a person who will be responsible for the children sport. – According to Mari Bjone it is extremely important that all sports clubs understand the importance of having a children's sports manager in the club.

In the statute norm for sports' § 18 sports clubs board - paragraph 2f "states that the board of the sports club must appoint a responsible representative or employee – for children’s sport.

The purpose is to ensure good routines for children sport and to ensure that the people involved are aware of what this means in the daily activity.

Mari Bjone states that the person who is responsible for this should put children's best interests at the center. The idea is to consider and discuss the clubs activities is in line with the children’s and provisions.

Only 2 of 10 sports clubs

The aim of the new paragraph is to simultaneously ensuring that all coaches, managers and all other volunteers in the sports club recognize the content of the children’s provisions and rights.

Figures show that about 6 out of 10 sports clubs says they recognize the children’s rights and provisions. However only two of ten sports team says they have discussed it with parents. In addition to this Marit discusses how they know that the children’s rights and provisions are not rooted in the system of numerous of sports clubs.

Procedures in the sport organizations must be established

NIF encourages sports clubs who organizes sports for children (under the age of 12) to establish procedures on how to disseminate information about the children’s provisions and rights and what this entails for their sports teams and activities.

It is important that this information is available on the sports club's website. In the sports clubs handbook it should state where you could find information and advice on how to spread the children’s provisions and rights in the sports club.

The children’s parents are very important

Marit says that it is significant that parents in the sports club are familiar with their children’s provisions and rights.

She suggests that the sports clubs could set up mandatory meetings with the parents when the child first starts to participate in the clubs activities.

Only this way can the clubs make sure that the information has been given. It is crucial that parents get involved and gain insight into how the rights and provisions protects their children and how the sports club organizes their activities. An open dialogue and expectation clarification and between sports clubs and the parents could prevent uncertainty and conflicts, says Bjone.

National federations and sports bodies

It is the sports clubs responsibility to protect the children's privileges in the club during activities and events. It is also expected that the national federations and sports body to follow up this work.

Each federation is responsible to implement and spread the information in regards for the children’s provisions and rights. In addition to this the different sporting bodies must facilitate and conduct seminars that deal with children's sports provisions and rights. In addition, our E-learning module "Children of sport's values," which is located on https://kurs.idrett.no, increased understanding of the provisions and the rights of children sport.

What is the difference?

Many know of the existing rights and regulations - but may not know the difference.

The rights describes what is required for their children to experience the confidence and mastery in the sport, while provisions on children's sports regulates how competitions in children sport shall be a natural progression and development. The provisions and rights based on each other and must be seen in a complete context, says Bjone.

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