Co-ordinated action between youth-care and sports: facilitators and barriers

N.J. Hermens, Lisanne de Langen, Kirsten Verkooijen, Maria Koelen

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    In the Netherlands, youth-care organisations and community sports clubs
    are collaborating to increase socially vulnerable youths’ participation in
    sport. This is rooted in the idea that sports clubs are settings for youth
    development. As not much is known about co-ordinated action involving
    professional care organisations and community sports clubs, this study
    aims to generate insight into facilitators of and barriers to successful coordinated
    action between these two organisations. A cross-sectional study
    was conducted using in-depth semi-structured qualitative interview data.
    In total, 23 interviews were held at five locations where co-ordinated
    action between youth-care and sports takes place. Interviewees were
    youth-care workers, representatives from community sports clubs, and
    Care Sport Connectors who were assigned to encourage and manage the
    co-ordinated action. Using inductive coding procedures, this study shows
    that existing and good relationships, a boundary spanner, care workers’
    attitudes, knowledge and competences of the participants, organisational
    policies and ambitions, and some elements external to the co-ordinated
    action were reported to be facilitators or barriers. In addition, the
    participants reported that the different facilitators and barriers influenced
    the success of the co-ordinated action at different stages of the coordinated
    action. Future research is recommended to further explore the
    role of boundary spanners in co-ordinated action involving social care
    organisations and community sports clubs, and to identify what external
    elements (e.g. events, processes, national policies) are turning points in
    the formation, implementation and continuation of such co-ordinated
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1318-1327
    JournalHealth & Social Care in the Community
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • exercise programmes
    • health and social care networks
    • socialwork and health
    • vulnerable populations
    • young people


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