Austrian Youth Strategy: Measures in the field of sports
A process of dialogue for the design of sports policy measures
Within the framework of the Austrian youth strategy, the Federal Ministry of the Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport is realising the following youth goal:
Young people have the opportunity to play an active role in the design of sports policy measures via a dialogue process.
One of the tasks of the sports division is to develop strategies which are relevant to society and whose contents include sports in general as well as health-promoting exercise in particular. Involving young people in this process has the advantage of being able to use the information obtained about their needs and wishes in order to draw the necessary conclusions about priorities in sports policy. The effect of the goal will become apparent when a sufficient number of contributions from young people are received whose discussion can – at the very least – support a future strategy.
Measures for the realisation of the youth goal
Surveying the needs, expectations, ambitions and goals of young people in Austria with regard to participation in physical exercise and sports as an important input in the development of an Austria sports strategy.
In order to encourage more people from all sectors of the population to take part in sports or physical exercise, relevant strategies are required. This is one of the most important tasks of sports policy, and it is particularly true for young people. Before strategic processes are initiated, it is essential to ask and listen to young people about their wishes and needs as well as inhibitions and barriers in order to obtain a picture which is as representative as possible, and only then to design policies for sports.
It has to be presumed that young people in Austria do not consist of a homogeneous mass, and are divided up into sub-groups whose prerequisites, needs, expectations and ambitions in relation to participation in physical exercise and sport vary. These different target groups among young people in Austria first have to be recognised and defined before it is possible to carry out a survey of their respective inputs. The effect of the goal becomes apparent when a sufficient number of contributions from young people are received whose discussion can – at the very least – support a future strategy.
A reality check has been carried out. The youth goal contributes towards the following youth goal:
OR Mag. Claus Farnberger
Federal Ministry of the Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport
Dampfschiffstraße 4, 1030 Wien