About us

The Research Centre produces scientifically based knowledge of important factors affecting lifelong sports participation and contributes to optimal talent development in sport.

A boy in a speedskating race on a sunny winter day
Speedskating race for children Photo: Petter Andersen

The Norwegian Research Centre of Children and Youth Sports (FOBU) is located on the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and is a meaningful contributor Norwegian sports.

Our purpose

The centre's purpose is to develop and disseminate research-based and practical knowledge of sports activities for children and youth. Knowledge development focuses on individual, social and organizational conditions for creating an inclusive children and youth sport that promotes learning and overall performance development.

The work will in time strengthen the knowledge basis of importance of leadership, inclusiveness and performance development in sport for this age group.

The centre has secured its basic funding from the Ministry of Culture.

Contact us

Åse Strandbu


Phone: +47 23 26 23 27

Lene Røe

Head of Office

Phone: +47 23 26 24 35 / +47 990 12 778