Project updates and partners


What are the results of the different national projects till now? The project updates are divided into 5 phases. Here you will read more about the current status.

Phase I (January – April 2017) – Inventory and analysis

During this phase:

  • Research information about dropping off factors for youngsters, knowledge of motivational elements for youngsters, behaviour changes methods and effective model approaches were identified (literature and practices) (part of Work package 1);
  • Project kick-off meeting was organized with project partners;
  • Preparation and design of phase II were made.

Phase II (May – September 2017) – preparation and design

During this phase:

  • Evaluation of phase I was conducted;
  • In Helsinki partner meeting 2 was organized with project partners and extra (grassroot) partners from Finland and the Netherlands;
  • First national meeting in The Netherlands with Dutch swimming federation was held
  • Preparation and design of phase III was made.

Phase III (October 2017 – September 2018) – Implementation

This phase will include at least the following:

  • Evaluation of phase II;
  • Project meeting 3 (October 2017, at the HEPA conference with HEPA partners);
  • Minisymposium at the HEPA conference to ask feedback and input on the project activities so far (14 factors and strategies to prevent
  • Youngsters from dropout from sport, dissemination and communication);
  • Workshop at the TAFISA conference (dissemination of knowledge);
  • National meetings on grassroots level in project countries to test tools and products;
  • Exchange experiences and discuss the progress of national project plans;
  • Working on the toolkit. Collection of examples, tools, instruments, tips, tricks;
  • Project meeting 4 (March 2018);
  • Preparation phase IV.

Phase IV (October 2018 – January 2019) – Evaluation and refinement

This phase will include at least the following:

  • Evaluation phase III;
  • Project meeting 5 (October 2018, at the HEPA conference with HEPA partners);
  • Collection of results from national projects;
  • Fine tuning of the toolkit (with examples of good quality implementation projects);
  • Fine tuning of products and deliverables for the interactive website;
  • Analysis of feedback and results (WP 5).

Phase V (February 2019) – Dissemination

This phase will include at least the following:

  • Finalisation of project deliverables and interactive website;
  • Dissemination activities;
  • Final conference (February 2019, with project partners and national partners who work with professionals and youngsters, HEPA partners, TAFISA Europe partners, organisations involved in the national projects and other EU countries);
  • Evaluation and follow up actions of project team to create more impact at local level in grassroots sport.



Six partners collaborate in this project to increase and share knowledge about how to keep youngsters involved in sports. Who are these partners?

The partners of Keep Youngsters Involved are:

  • University of Limerick (Ireland)
  • IPDJ – Instituto Portugues Do Desporto E Juventude (Portugal)
  • LIKES – Research Center for Sport and Health Sciences (Finland)
  • NISR – National Institute for Sport Research (Romania)
  • University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • KNZB – Royal Dutch Swimming Federation (Netherlands)
  • TAFISA – The Association For International Sport for All
  • Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands (Netherlands)



Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands is in charge of the project. Most partners are active members of two networks: TAFISA Europe and/or HEPA Europe. In partner countries, local sport clubs at grassroots level will test products and tools concerning preventing youngsters from dropout:

  • Gaelic football organisation in Ireland
  • Local swimming clubs in the Netherlands
  • Ice hockey in Finland
  • Football clubs in Portugal

These organisations will create an impact through strong cooperation with national partner organisations within the countries. Experiences and feedback from grassroots partners will also be collected to improve the tools.