Keep Youngsters Involved


How can we prevent youngsters (age 12-19) from dropout from sport?

The project Keep Youngsters Involved aims to find answers to this question. In many European countries we see that a lot of youngsters give up sport due to a lack of motivation, problems with school or job schedule or different interests. This project targets youngsters (12-19 years) in general and specifically those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The eight European) partners in this Erasmus+Sport project aim to increase and share knowledge on the ‘Keep Youngsters Involved in Sport’ topic. Together the partners selected and implemented the best grassroot sport products in the various European countries involved. Out of research, we identified thé most important 14 factors to prevent youngsters from dropping out and made them suitable for practical use. Sport professionals and volunteers (trainers, coaches) who work with youngsters can use the tools to keep youngsters more involved in sport in their sport clubs. By involving youngsters more actively, for instance by asking them what they like to do, listening to their needs, or giving them responsibilities in sport programmes, they will develop their own personal skills. At the same time, the project contributes to the active citizenship of young people, an active lifestyle and meeting physical activity guidelines.

The project is co-funded by the European Union. It is a collaborative partnership project in the Erasmus+ Sport programme (2016). The project will take place from 1 January 2017 until 30 September 2019.

Toolkit with card games

We identified 14 factors and created a toolkit with cards consisting of concrete actions to keep youngsters involved in sport. The kit can be used by sport clubs, professionals (coaches/trainers) and volunteers who work with youngsters all over the world.

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Keep Youngsters Involved at a glance. About the 14 factors, the actions and the toolkit. The infographic is designed for dissemination. You can print it out and hand it over to professionals who work with youngsters in sport so they will find all the available information and concrete products.


14 factors to prevent dropout

The project Keep Youngsters Involved identified 14 factors that prevent youngsters from dropout from sports. Learn more about proven working factors to Keep Youngsters Involved that are being developed during the project.


Toolkit with card games

The card games are developed and are the most important tool in the toolkit. The cards explain concrete actions which can be realised and implement by a sport club and which can be used to create a plan of action for the sport club to keep youngsters involved and to prevent them from dropout


(National) meetings

Knowledge and experiences are being exchanged during national meetings and workshops within the countries (Belgium, Finland, Romania, Portugal, Ireland and the Netherlands) to select and improve the best information, products and tools and to implement it. Find out more about the several national meetings that have taken place.



This manual gives an overview of all the knowledge and developed products of the project Keep Youngsters Involved. It also provides you with information on how to use these products.


Background information

If you are looking for more detailed information on Keep Youngsters Involved, click the button below. Here you will find presentations held by partners during various meetings among other resources.