Children's rights in sports

Children's rights in sports

In Norway, 8 out of 10 children between the ages of 6 and 12 years, participate in one or more sporting activities. Participation in sporting activities creates intrinsic values within people and when this is achieved within children, the foundation for life long sports enjoyment is created.

‘Children’s rights in sport’ and ‘the provisions on children’s sport’ are adopted
by the General Assembly of NIF and clarifies the recommendations on how to
develop positive activities for every child, as an individual. Children’s sports is
defined as sporting activities for children up to 12 years of age.

Why do we have provisions and rights?
Children should receive a positive experience every time they participate in
sport. Children should have a social environment around sports, feel safe,
want to try new things and not be afraid to make mistakes.
All sporting activities should be available to any child wishing to participate,
and as far as possible occur within the child’s immediate location. This saves
both time and resources and helps develop the local community.

Children’s activities, conducted in a fun and safe environment, puts the needs
of the child in focus. Everyone knowing each other, using each other’s names
and supporting each other, creates a good learning atmosphere. The shared
experience of being active together and facing challenges by trying and
mastering new things creates a unique cohesion and fellowship in the group

Mads Andreassen
Mads Andreassen
Head of children's rights in sport