About us

The Norwegian Research Centre of children and youth sports is located on the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and is a meaningful contributor Norwegian sports. The Research Centre produces scientifically based knowledge of important factors affecting lifelong sports participation and contributes to optimal talent development in sport.


The Norwegian Research Centre of children and youth sports has selected four major areas for its research activities:

Facilitation, Talent, Athletes, Training, and Growth.


Our purpose

The center'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 center involves four main partners: the Ministry of Culture, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, Olympiatoppen and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Besides collaborating FOBU with other scientific institutions and major prosecutor in Norwegian sport.



The Norwegian Research Centre of children and youth sports (FOBU) was officially opened on the 1st of September 2008 and is now by Dr. Pierre-Nicolas Lemyre. During the startup, the center had a focus on training and performance. However from 2013, the center changed their focus to children and youth sports, and has renamed to the Norwegian Research Centre of children and youth sports. The meaning of children and youth sport is organized sports activity aged 6-19 years. The work will in time strengthen the knowledge basis of importance of leadership, inclusiveness and performance development in sport for this age group. The center has secured its basic funding from the Ministry of Culture until 2016.


Contact us

Pierre-Nicolas Lemyre


Phone: +47 23 26 24 22 / +47 412 86 724

Kristin Andersen

Head of Office

Phone: +47 23 26 24 00