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Research article2024Peer reviewedOpen access

Participation Rights in Youth Sport: Voices of Young Swedish Equestrians

Waerner, Therese; Jakobsson, Britta Thedin; Morgan, Karin; Redelius, Karin


The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children and young people have the right to have a voice in matters concerning them, in accordance with age and maturity. In the endeavour to make youth sport a safe place free from abuse and harassment, it is crucial to ensure that young athletes can exercise their participation rights. Drawing from an online study involving over 550 Swedish young equestrians aged 15-17, the aim was to investigate whether and in what ways young equestrians can make their voices heard. The results show that the possibility to have a voice is conditioned by sociocultural factors such as what type of stable the youths are active in. The results are analysed from 'The ladder of participation'. In sum, social interaction and access to horses are important conditions for how young equestrians experience the possibility to have a voice.


Children's rights; ladder of participation; youth voice agenda; equestrian sport; UNCRC

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    Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

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