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Resources and barriers in the transition from youth to senior in a Danish elite football club

Resources and barriers in the transition from youth to senior in a Danish elite football club

Last modified: 12.12.2018

Today, Niels Nygaard Rossing, assistant professorSport Sciences and Nicolai Rosenkilde, MSc. Sports Science introduced new research findings about resources and barriers in the transition from youth to senior in a Danish elite football club at DBU (Danish Football Association - the governing body of football in Denmark). DBU's football director Peter Møller and other sporting directors and head talent managers from Danish elite football clubs attended the meeting. The research presented and discussed was based on the article: "Being in the right place at the right time: Resources and barriers in the transition from youth to senior in a Danish elite football club"

About the research study

An instrumental case study made by Niels Nygaard Rossing, assistant professor, Sport Sciences, Nicolai Rosenkilde, MSc. Sports Science, and Nikolaj Christiansen, MSc. Sports Science investigates the internal and external resources and barriers in football players’ transition from junior to senior in an elite football club. Data was gathered through interviews with coaches and players who had recently transitioned from youth to senior at elite level. Thematic analysis uncovered specific intrapersonal and environmental resources and/or barriers. The findings suggest that clubs need to both prepare youth players mentally for the transition, but should also consider their immediate environment and professional relations in the transition from junior to senior level.

The study was a part of a 9th semester project at Department of Health Science and Technology's Sports Science master program. 

Click here to read a summary of the article and more about the authors

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